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In this issue: The 2017 OPTIMA Award winners, diabetes medication management, infection control programs, disaster planning and more.
Keeping up with appearances isn't easy. Even though maintenance and upgrades can be difficult, they are a necessary investment.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about the mealtime rules and where to draw the line with resident tardiness to the dining hall.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses some shady practices at several Massachusetts nursing homes and wonders why the sites didn't require more background checks.
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.
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.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks turkey and how budget-strapped nursing homes might want to think local at the holidays.
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 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.
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.
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.
Getting along with aides can be a struggle sometimes, but resident blogger Kathleen Mears finds a way to work it out.
Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses the process of resident care conferences.
Avoiding legal issues with improper resident transfers takes close examination of the reason why transfers are needed and all the right documentation.
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.
Anyone can have a bad day, but resident blogger Kathy Mears shares how a simple gesture can show someone you care.
When it's time for new wheels, planning and communication are crucial for residents, provider and equipment vendors, says resident blogger Kathleen Mears.
Over-the-road truckers and especially people with disabilities understand how extended sitting can have a negative impact on their “bottom” lines.
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 long-term caregiver doesn’t realize importance manual dexterity plays in meeting residents’ needs until the ability to use both hands is compromised.
Sage advice from a stage and screen legend on how to stay healthy and happy long after “senior citizen age.”