For me, one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a writer and editor is connecting with you and your colleagues to learn more about the issues you believe are most important and to try to help you be successful in your professional life. That's why I find it fascinating to take a look back at 2014 to see what articles, blogs and news items that I wrote over the course of the year held the most appeal to you. I hope you find this information interesting as well.
In general, my review of analytics finds that Long-Term Living’s and my friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn care very much about complying with governmental regulations and providing good care and quality of life to residents. The list below includes content written before Dec. 29. Click on the headlines to read the stories.
Fifteen skilled nursing facilities or nursing facilities joined the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services list of poor survey performers, this July news item conveyed. It was the most popular story I wrote all year.
Where do nursing homes provide the most hours of care and the highest levels of staffing? This September news brief shared the latest rankings from Families for Better Care.
August brought news following the apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams that he had been dealing with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. This news item included statements from his widow and professional organizations serving those with the disease.
An assisted living program director found a fun activity for residents that spread a positive message about seniors and the community, helped residents get a little exercise—and had another, unanticipated effect, I shared in this March blog. It was the most popular staff-written blog of the year for Long-Term Living and is thought to have generated thousands of additional hits on a YouTube video mentioned in the blog.
The U.S. Senate’s passage of a bill delaying enforcement of the “two midnight rule” for certain hospital stays was the subject of this March article. The bill also created programs to establish readmission-related measures for skilled nursing facilities and rewards for those facilities that meet them.
A nursing home approved its residents’ committee’s request for a male stripper visit, and the family of one resident subsequently sued, saying she was harmed by what she saw. This April news item drew many comments in our online forums.