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 » 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 »

Argentum, OnShift working to meet workforce needs

A growing senior population needs to be met with a growing senior care workforce. Argentum and OnShift are teaming up to help providers attract and retain employees. Read More »

Help wanted: LTC hourly job positions reach peak need in next 10 years

The senior living sector could need more than a million new workers between now and 2025, especially in five key areas, says a new report from Argentum. Read More »

CT launches background check program for LTC workers

Connecticut has launched a new background check portal to allow employers to screen potential employees, contractors and volunteers who have direct contact with residents.  Read More »

Is senior living ready for a C-suite retirement exodus?

Succession planning and employee incentives will become even more important over the next few years, as more than 40 percent of senior living’s top-level executives near their own retirement ages. Read More »

Job injuries linked to job loss

Nursing home workers are more likely to be fired within six months of being injured, a new study finds. Workers are more likely to quit within six months of being injured multiple times.  Read More »

LPN the best job without a college degree

Job finder SimplyHired created a list of top jobs without college degrees. Topping the list is licensed practical nurse, with nearly 56,000 jobs available and room for growth. Read More »

Proposed MA state budget includes extra $30 million for nursing homes

Nursing home workers have joine other industry workers pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage in Massachusetts.  Read More »

Change your tone, change their tune

The way you deliver performance feedback affects how employees feel about their work. Research shows regularly praising good work improves employee engagement, retention and leads to even better work.  Read More »