Staffing

OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety violations to light. Read More »

SCOTUS says no to challenge on labor law for home care

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case that would have challenged the Department of Labor’s ruling on labor protections for home care workers. Read More »

Caught caring

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a little appreciation can go a long way in well-designed employee recognition programs. Read More »

New overtime rules come with hefty price tag

The long-term care industry may be hard hit by the Department of Labor’s new Overtime Exemption Rule, which will make certain workers who earn less than $48,000 a year eligible for overtime pay.  Read More »

Nurses celebrate Nursing Home Week

It’s time to say a double thanks to nurses, nursing aides and all nursing home staffers as the industry celebrates Nurses Week and Nursing Home Week. Read More »

Brookdale wants nurses

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. launches a tuition assistance program for newly-hired nurses that would reimburse up to $7,000 for two years of service. The goal is to grow and retain workforce talent amid a projected nursing shortfall and increasing senior population. Read More »

Working challenged

When an aide quits unexpectedly, it can really disrupt a nursing home's routines. SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears tells how two aides managed to do the work of three when a sudden staff shortage caught everyone by surprise. Read More »

6 ways to avoid meaningless meetings

Does your staff groan when it’s time for yet another meeting? Try these strategies to put your meetings back on the fast track—and get your staff back to work. Read More »

Alaska cites AL for lack of training in workplace violence

State labor citations at an Alaska assisted living home have other LTC operators checking the status of their staff training on workplace violence. Read More »

Nursing depositions—Duty or disaster?

Being asked to give a deposition doesn’t have to be a scary experience with the right documentation skills and preparedness. Read More »

Mass. lawmakers want to raise nursing home wages

A budget proposal by Massachusetts lawmakers would spend at least $35.5 million on nursing homes, specifically, on wages and benefits for employees. Read More »

Fast food threatens to steal LTC workforce in Texas

Texas has one of the highest turnover rates for nursing home employees. The facilities are having trouble staying competitive with Wendy’s or McDonald’s, which can offer hourly workers a job with better pay and less stress.  Read More »

Educating AND training for safety

Safety training only goes so far unless you train employees’ hands as well as their heads, says safety training expert Steve Wilder. Read More »

CMS imposes fines of more than $278k for Woodbriar Health Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed steep fines and threatened to terminate Woodbriar Health Center from its programs if serious problems are not resolved by next week. Read More »

Innovation program to reduce nursing home hospitalizations

The Center for Innovation has invested more than $30 million for Indiana University’s project to reduce avoidable hospitalizations for nursing home residents by providing higher levels of care on site. Read More »

Penn. SNF union workers to earn $15 an hour

On the heels of California and New York, thousands of CNAs in Pennsylvania will now earn $15 an hour. Read More »

Training went unheeded at Woodbriar Health Center, say Mass. regulators

Employees at Woodbriar Health Center were retrained on falls-related injuries following the death of a resident, according to a revised plan submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Helath. The department says the second fall-related resident death is the result of deficient care.  Read More »

LTC mergers: Transitioning the culture clash

Putting two companies together successfully means keeping a close eye on staff transitions. Read More »

Calif. agrees to $15 minimum wage

The state of California legislature has passed a bill to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 gradually over the next six years. Read More »

mmLearn.org expands healthcare training video collection

The Web-based training company adds new training resources based on current trends and industry demand to fill employee healthcare training gaps, increase job satisfaction, reduce turnover and ultimately improve patient care.   Read More »

Healthcare workers impaired on the job

Workers who drink or use drugs may be able to hide their impairment from the boss, but sometimes the residents can tell right away, explains SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears. Read More »

Watch your back

As OSHA rules become more stringent, senior living organizations are giving more attention to healthy habits to avoid staff back injuries—and not just when lifting a resident. Read More »

Facility staff and cell phones

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears remembers when cell phones were first introduced in her nursing home and how much the etiquette and technology has changed. Read More »

PA nursing home workers want $15 minimum wage

Current contracts for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania are set to expire at the end of March, and nursing home workers fair wages, affordable healthcare and improved staffing in their new contracts. Read More »

Woodbriar’s plan to address resident death unacceptable, say Mass. state regulators

Woodbriar Health Center must resubmit a plan to the state health department. The facility, owned by Synergy Health, has been making headlines for a resident’s death, scabies outbreak and substandard care. Read More »

Study finds toxic co-workers surprisingly productive, rule abiding

Forget the blabbermouths, brown nosers, con artists and incompetent workers. The worker who could be causing the most harm to your organization could also be one of your most productive workers, researchers found.  Read More »

6 ways to manage family expectations in dementia care

People aren't perfect. Neither are memory care facilities. Consultant Michael Gill advises how to keep dementia residents and their loved ones happy by helping families to set realistic facility and caregiving expectations from the start.  Read More »

2 top Brookdale execs to step down

Brookdale Senior Living’s president and its executive vice president will be stepping down as part of the company’s transition process. Read More »

Words of others

Curses! SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears talks about what can happen when staffers use foul language, especially if residents view it as disrespect. Read More »

Iowa won’t require nursing home employees to complete dementia care training

State legislators failed to pass a bill that would have required nursing home employees to learn how and be assessed on how they care for people with dementia.  Read More »