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The journey to rundown

January 25, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Keeping up with appearances isn't easy. Even though maintenance and upgrades can be difficult, they are a necessary investment.

Push back on meal time rules

January 18, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about the mealtime rules and where to draw the line with resident tardiness to the dining hall.

Complaints about 11 Mass. nursing homes

January 12, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses some shady practices at several Massachusetts nursing homes and wonders why the sites didn't require more background checks.

New bill aims to eliminate manual lifting

January 5, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Many in the long-term care industry applaud the proposed legislation to require assistive devices in all lifting cases, but no one is sure how compliance will be enforced—or who's going to pay for all the equipment.

Finding a haven

January 4, 2016     Kathleen Mears

New residents can struggle to combat their fears and find a way to feel useful, but everyone can help them adjust, says resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

A holiday tradition ends

December 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks turkey and how budget-strapped nursing homes might want to think local at the holidays.

'Tis the (tech) season

December 22, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What do seniors want for the holidays? Hint: It’s not slippers. We asked residents what types of technology they wish they had, and you may be surprised what's on their lists.

The struggle for joy

December 21, 2015     Kathleen Mears

The holidays aren't happy for some people, but resident blogger Kathy Mears reminds us how to be in charge of our own joy--and perhaps help others to do the same.

The perfect gift for your maintenance team: Life Safety Code compliance

December 18, 2015     Stan Szpytek

CMS is expected to adopt a new edition of the Life Safety Codes soon, so give your facilities management team the gift of a head start on upcoming changes.

Holiday time

December 14, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears gets a new bit of holiday cheer for her room, while spending quality time with her sister--showing that the little things mean a lot.

Turning over a new leaf

December 6, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Getting along with aides can be a struggle sometimes, but resident blogger Kathleen Mears finds a way to work it out.

Care conferences

November 30, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses the process of resident care conferences.

A tale of two transfers

November 25, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Avoiding legal issues with improper resident transfers takes close examination of the reason why transfers are needed and all the right documentation.

Thankful for

November 23, 2015     Kathleen Mears

A friend's close call with a heart attack is plenty to be thankful for, but a stranger's random act of kindness is something blogger Kathleen Mears won't ever forget.

A reality tea

November 14, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Anyone can have a bad day, but resident blogger Kathy Mears shares how a simple gesture can show someone you care.

Planning for a new power chair

November 9, 2015     Kathleen Mears

When it's time for new wheels, planning and communication are crucial for residents, provider and equipment vendors, says resident blogger Kathleen Mears.

Like sitting on a cloud

November 2, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Over-the-road truckers and especially people with disabilities understand how extended sitting can have a negative impact on their “bottom” lines.

Powering up for power outages

October 29, 2015     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

Short power outages can wreak havoc on a skilled nursing facility's processes and ability to care for residents. Long outages can be devastating. These tips can help you beef up your preparedness.

A light-duty aide's challenges

October 26, 2015     Kathleen Mears

A long-term caregiver doesn’t realize importance manual dexterity plays in meeting residents’ needs until the ability to use both hands is compromised.

Secrets of Aging: Keep moving

October 23, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Sage advice from a stage and screen legend on how to stay healthy and happy long after “senior citizen age.”