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How to get hospital referral sources to open up

July 18, 2017     Luke Fannon

Hospitals don’t always make it easy for post-acute care providers to talk with their case managers. Creative marketing techniques can open the doors.

Secret hiding place

July 17, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discovers empty wrappers for missing snacks on her roommate’s side of their shared space. 

Altered space

July 10, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Fresh air is good for the lungs and going out can do the soul a world of good, resident blogger Kathleen Mears writes. 

Social media's double-edged sword

July 6, 2017     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Social media is ubiquitous, valuable and fun. It can also get long-term care providers into a lot of legal trouble.

An open letter to Congress

June 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Blogger Kathleen Mears writes legislators about how the proposed healthcare legislation would affect her and fellow nursing home residents.

An awakening

June 26, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.

Lessons from Mary

June 19, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Mary L. Radnofsky, PhD, is helping caregivers reassess how they think about dementia and how they interact with residents who have cognitive decline. And as a person with a neurodegenerative disease, she should know.

Back on my feet

June 19, 2017     Kathleen Mears

After some missteps, the nurse manager told resident blogger Kathleen Mears she can once again stand to transfer. 

A change in dosage

June 12, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how having her antidepressant adjusted has impacted her quality of life for the worse.

In remembrance of Annie

June 5, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears reflects on nearly 18 years of friendship with a fellow resident.  

Mealtime assistance

May 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Having someone help you eat is one thing but having a separate feeding room makes resident blogger Kathleen Mears anxious. 

Getting a lift

May 22, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Hoyer lifts may help staff feel more secure about resident transfers, but blogger Kathleen Mears feels more uncomfortable and less independent when she can’t stand on her own two feet. 

The many faces of Alzheimer's

May 19, 2017     Nicole Absar, MD

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is difficult. Atypical forms of the disease can be even more challenging to identify, requiring different assessment tools and interventions.

Setting the lighting mood

May 15, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Lighting can have a big impact on a resident’s day-to-day routine, comforts and well-being, resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains. 

5 ways to evaluate your competition

May 12, 2017     Luke Fannon

Secret shoppers? Tours? Using multiple strategies to gather intel on your competitors can improve your sales and marketing strategies.

CMS Final Rule: Compliance and ethics programs

May 11, 2017     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

SNF compliance and ethics programs aren’t optional anymore, and in some cases, may require additional staff roles. Are your programs survey-ready?

A roommate, as promised

May 8, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Roommates can make for awkward and uncomfortable quarters as resident blogger Kathleen Mears is experiencing. 

Raising my voice

May 1, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears speaks about what it’s like to get laryngitis and why it’s especially scary and difficult as a quadriplegic. 

Minding my business

April 24, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears knows aides must share information to provide the best possible care. She wonders if sometimes they ask for, or share, too much private information in a public setting. 

Skipping snacks

April 17, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her thoughts on sweet snacks and why nibbles between meals might not be a good idea.