Staffing

Employee appreciation is focus of new Advancing Excellence initiative

The Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative and Hallmark Business Connections have partnered to create a campaign ultimately designed to help providers increase staff engagement and reduce turnover.

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PHI releases occupational projections, names policy chief

A new analysis examines job growth potential and pay of home care workers and nursing assistants, and the organization conducting it names a new policy chief to advocate on behalf of these workers.

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LGBT employees protected under new federal rule

A new federal rule will prohibit some employers from discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Will you be affected?

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Quality improvement wins providers accolades from AHCA/NCAL

More than 7,400 long-term and post-acute care organizations nationwide have achieved at least one goal in an AHCA/NCAL program.

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Forging long-term care and home health partnerships

Building partnerships with companies offering strategic services can increase your business, improve operations, track data and increase referrals.

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One-on-one with…Scott McFadden

After years of losses, turning around a financially failing nursing home takes more than stopgap measures, explains Scott McFadden, CEO of Lutheran Home & Hardwood Place.

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SNF residents evacuated in Buffalo blizzard

Emergency planning and preparation are keys to surviving a natural disaster; the recent six- to 10-foot snowfall in upstate New York serves as a punishing reminder.

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The battle over immigration reform

One of the first political “hot potatoes” the new Congress must address is amnesty for illegal immigrants, which would present long-term care organizations a broader pool of potential caregivers.

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1 in 5 SNF residents involved in aggressive, nasty behavior: Cornell study

Pow! Biff! Smack! SNFs increasingly are having to deal with a different form of elder abuse—residents who display hostile, aggressive and inappropriate behavior to each other, says a new study from Cornell University.

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Personal care aides need improved training: reports

Improved training for personal care aides is crucial given the anticipated increased demand for the services they provide, according to two news reports.

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Nursing home safety measured in nationwide survey

A new survey reveals strengths and weaknesses in nursing home safety culture as well as how factors such as size, ownership and location, as well as staff position and shift, can affect perceptions of safety—and your bottom line.

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Celebrate home care and hospice staff in November

Take time this month to honor the hospice and home care workers who provide valuable service and commitment to the people they serve with skill and compassion.

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Vampire eyes

Fads come and go. When younger employees wear extreme “fashions” on the job, however, it can be disturbing—if not frightening—to some residents.

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Hiring assessment tool helps sort applicants

Partnering companies offer the senior living industry a hiring assessment tool to bolster bottom lines.

 

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Appreciation can lead to great work

Employers and employees benefit when managers take the time to recognize the efforts of workers, according to a speaker at the AHCA/NCAL annual meeting.

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AMDA invests in young adult LTC as numbers climb

One sector of the long-term care resident population is surging lately—and it’s not the “silver tsunami.”

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Train to retain

Organizational development helps to manage rapid change and retain great employees.

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Is this help or harassment?

The following account illustrates the importance of screening before hiring. Bad employees can ruin a facility’s reputation and a resident’s quality of life. Read More »

Your unused drugs can benefit your facility, those in need

Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities seeking to improve efficiencies and finances while helping the less fortunate and contributing to sustainability efforts may find an ally in a California-based nonprofit organization. 

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Group releases nursing home report card

Where do nursing homes provide the most hours of care and the highest levels of staffing? Find out what Families for Better Care says in its latest rankings.

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Home health workers protest in 5 cities

The aim of the protests matches some goals of two organizations working on behalf of home health workers.

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Direct-care worker campaign raises $3.4 million

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute is more than a third of the way to its $9 million goal in a campaign with the ultimate purpose of improving the jobs of nursing home assistants, home health aides and personal care aides.

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Project Survival 101: Managing refurbs and expansions

Are remodels or construction upheavals in your future? Intelligent project planning can get your refurbs done without bulldozing your residents’ lives. [Includes photo gallery]

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Practice to protect

Staff readiness to react to a natural disaster or dangerous situations is imperative in long-term care environments.

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Night shift frolics

Nighttime can be a very tedious shift to work. It is for the most part, quiet and dull. Breaking up the monotony can help keep aides alert.

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Developing today’s (and tomorrow’s) NHA leaders

The quality of a long-term care facility is enhanced by administrators educated in the operations and best practices necessary to run a person-focused organization. Administrator-in-training programs offer specialized training and field experience.

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Protect residents from financial abuse

New federal guidance outlines the responsibilities and actions a facility needs to take when it suspects a resident is a victim of a financial crime.

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Joint Commission offers free infection educational module

Bring staff on board to apply reliability principles in their efforts to prevent and control the incidents of infection in the congregate setting of long-term care.

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ICA focuses on changing dementia care delivery

The new International Caregivers Association (ICA) offers techniques, support and training to all caregivers and providers involved with the care of people suffering from dementia care.

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OSHA resource looks to reduce, prevent LTC workplace injuries

Muscle strains, sprains, low back injuries and tendinitis are some of the workplace hazards LTC workers face each day. A new resource offers recommendations to prevent these painful and costly incidents.

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