Staffing

An interview with ALFA’s James Balda

In an exclusive interview, the president and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America sits down with Long-Term Living to discuss the present and future of the organization and of assisted living in general.

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AHCA begins next phase of quality campaign

The American Health Care Association is expanding quality improvement efforts related to its skilled nursing facility members, which it began three years ago, the organization announced May 7.

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ALFA launches Senior Living 2025 initiative

The Assisted Living Federation of America has launched a new initiative, Senior Living 2025: A Roadmap, to establish a united voice around four major issues facing the industry.

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Patient handling, falls and violence top occupational injuries of healthcare workers

Nurses and aides incur more on-the-job injuries than physicians, dentists, interns and residents, according to data examined by the Occupational Health Safety Network.

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5 steps to a total security solution

A completely secure long-term care environment only can be accomplished with thoughtful planning and performance. Take five steps to keep residents, staff, visitors and property safe.

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Fall ends in death at an Illinois nursing home

A serious fall can happen at any facility, but an incident at a nursing home in southwest Illinois underscores the need for vigilance to keep residents safe.

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Briefs shed light on economic indicators in healthcare

Three briefs from the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending provide insights into prices, spending and employment in nursing homes and residential care facilities, home health and other parts of the healthcare sector.

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ALFA announces credentialing body

The Assisted Living Federation of America has moved one step closer to its aim of quantifying the quality of those working in the industry by establishing an organization to offer certification. Professional standards and an accreditation process are expected to follow.

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Workplace violence: OSHA updates guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated its guidelines for preventing and reducing incidents of violence in healthcare settings.

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Good news, bad news for jobs in long-term care

Several occupations utilized in long-term care settings offer excellent prospects for employment, although the opportunities for certain roles may be better outside of those settings, according to recently released government data. Wages are another matter.

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Documentation tops provider concerns in survey

Documentation was the biggest challenge facing skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities during 2014, according to those responding to a year-long survey by Harmony Healthcare International.

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Does your applicant have what it takes for continuing care?

Many continuing care organizations struggle with identifying potential staff members who have the necessary skills and will fit in with the organizational culture. Pre-employment behavioral assessments may provide a solution to combat retention issues.

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Several Connecticut nursing homes are fined by state

Abuse, non-reporting of incidents and slow response to a resident in pain are the basis for fines handed down by the Connecticut Department of Public Health in February.

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Trained staff enhance the resident experience

Ramp up staff knowledge and create buy-in to improve resident experiences by using the latest training programs and approaches.

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Study may cause employers to ensure nurse pay equity, authors say

Employers of registered nurses have another reason to look at their pay structures to ensure that they don’t contain inequities, say the authors of a new study.

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Customer service excellence includes employees

What if we approached our employees using the same principles we apply to customer service? Benefits include a reduction in injury claims and employee retention.

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HealthcareSource adds online recruitment tools

The long-term care market will benefit from recruitment services now available through partnership.

 

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Keeping caregivers a challenge in assisted living

Overall turnover in assisted living is decreasing, according to a new survey released by the National Center for Assisted Living. Among nursing staff positions, keeping non-certified residential caregivers remain a challenge.

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CDC program to prevent needlestick injury

Injections, blood draws and some testing procedures expose healthcare personnel to the risk of a sharps injury. A sharps prevention program is key to preventing the spread of blood-borne pathogens.

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New workforce analytics tools available for LTC

Workforce analysis and hiring tools can help long-term care human resource managers streamline the hiring process.

 

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Training program improves aide satisfaction, retention

A pilot program that improved job satisfaction and retention among home health aides in New York City may hold lessons for other geographic areas as well, say those involved.

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Alarms: A safety must or maybe?

A skilled nursing facility in a New York hospital has removed bed/chair fall alarm systems to becoming an alarm-free care setting in an innovative program to improve residents' quality of care and quality of life.

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New CPR requirements issued for nursing homes

Having a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) policy for a nursing home is one thing, but having CPR-certified staff on hand is another.

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Accident investigations improve safety, Part 2

In part two, Wilder explains why an accident investigation must be thorough, unbiased and informative to be effective.

 

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CNA course, contest aim to improve knowledge, retention

A new course and contest for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are designed to keep CNAs abreast of the latest knowledge to perform their duties. And they may help providers with staff retention in the process.

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Briggs Healthcare partners for online training

A healthcare operational resources supplier and a specialized healthcare education company partner to launch a training academy.

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Continuing care norms added to staff assessment solution

Behavioral norms unique to continuing care are now part of a staff assessment solution.

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Dealing with difficult situations

Long-Term Living’s resident blogger Kathleen Mears updates us on her upsetting encounters with two insensitive night shift aides.

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Largest healthcare workers’ union hits the picket lines in NY

The nation's largest healthcare workers union holds a picket to protest benefit cuts and contract struggles.

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2015 Business Outlook: Staffing

The fourth installment of our multi-part series on challenges facing the senior living industry examines efforts to recruit, replace and maintain workers as the need for aging services increases.

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