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Ready for anything

November 16, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As the new CMS emergency planning regulations go into effect this month, a crisis-filled 2017 has already given many states multiple reasons to be ready for anything.

To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate

November 13, 2017     Kathleen Mears

The decision of whether to get the influenza vaccine has added considerations and consequences for those who work and live in long-term care facilities. 

Another involuntary discharge

November 6, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her experiences on being involuntarily discharged and how she thinks the process could be avoided.

Quite the fright

October 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things that can spook. SNF resident Kathy Mears explains how a faulty call light rattled her.

Recognizing employees

October 23, 2017     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears liked that her former facility started an employee award program but wished it were better explained and communicated to residents.

Serving others

October 19, 2017     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The long-term care industry can learn from the hospitality industry what it means to serve the customer and not our own ego.

Immediate jeopardy: True or false?

October 17, 2017     Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

An immediate jeopardy deficiency can cost providers dearly in finances and reputation. But what if it’s not true? Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz discusses a recent case where the provider challenged CMS over nearly $1 million in fines—and won.

Hydration project

October 16, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Soda may be popular, but SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears says ice water is often the nicest accompaniment to a meal.

Innovation and leadership

October 10, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-chief Pamela Tabar celebrates those who invent new ways to solve some of senior care's oldest problems.

Plugging in

October 9, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Powering on in a nursing home means meeting fire safety codes designed to keep residents safe, but compliance isn’t always easy or cheap for residents trying to make their space a comfortable, functional home. 

What senior living can learn from Southwest’s customer service

October 6, 2017     Luke Fannon

Senior living marketing expert Luke Fannon discusses five steps to using care quality to earn customer satisfaction and loyalty.

A commanding presence

October 2, 2017     Kathleen Mears

How do you care for someone who doesn’t think he needs—or wants—help?

Waiting for growth

September 25, 2017     Kathleen Mears

The decision to go gray may have been the easy part. Blogger Kathleen Mears writes about the year-and-a-half long process of growing out her roots. 

Bye-bye, CMMI?

September 20, 2017     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced the dawn of big changes at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). What will happen to all the bundled payment projects?

Transport troubles

September 18, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Traveling from Point A to B is not as easy as getting in the car and going for blogger Kathleen Mears, who recently had a particularly harrowing drive. 

A pressing situation

September 11, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Bathroom access is restricted for blogger Kathleen Mears, as her shared facility is the only one she can use because of mobility issues. That can result in an uncomfortable situation.

A live feed of nursing home life

September 5, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Social media is a popular method of communication, but what happens when staff and residents use it to share about long term care? Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares her observations and opinions. 

The tastes of home

August 30, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Comfort foods bring joyful memories and joy to our stomachs. Resident blogger Kathleen Mears longs for sandwiches on toast, a simple luxury that is difficult at best for her to get in long-term care.

Cleaning house

August 21, 2017     Kathleen Mears

Accumulating stuff is easy to do no matter the space, but decluttering is trickier for blogger Kathleen Mears as she needs help to sort through things. She thinks other residents could benefit from a good cleaning, too. 

When domestic violence comes to work

August 21, 2017     Steve Wilder

Employers should create safety policies and procedures for handling domestic violence before it arrives on the doorstep.

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