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

February 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

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

Change your tone, change their tune

February 3, 2016  |  Denise Boudreau-Scott

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. 

Nursing home resident dies after improper mechanical chair lift transfer

February 2, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

A CNA is accused of causing fatal injuries to a resident after a fall from a mechanical lift. It’s the latest report for substandard care from Synergy Health Centers. 

Dementia care and marketing workers see highest salary growth in ALFs

January 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

The 2015-2016 Assisted Living Salary and Benefits Report suggests industry growth may come from memory care and spreading the word about assisted living facilities. 

Stewards of social work

January 26, 2016  |  Keith Rinier, BSW, MSW

Social work interns are assets to long-term care facilities. They can help bridge gaps and facilitate conversations among departments, residents and loved ones. They can help pick up slack and breathe new life into a team whose members are often overworked...

NJ governor vetoes staffing minimums

January 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation to set patient quotas for certified nursing assistants who work in nursing homes. The legislation was intended to improve residentsafety and quality of life.

HHS needs a plan to meet healthcare workforce needs

January 14, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

A new report by the Government Accountably Office found the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service doesn't have a formal review process to ensure workforce programs across its 72 healthcare agencies are aligned with national workforce needs. 

Relias Learning adds international dementia training portal

January 14, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Certified Dementia Practitioner training goes global as a U.S.-based training organization partners with an international dementia care association.

Activities are more than time fillers

January 8, 2016  |  John Moreno, NHA

An Activities Department does more than organize bingo games. The department helps residents maintain cognitive function and gives them a sense of independence and dignity. That deserves every department's respect.

Employee benefits: The personal touch

January 7, 2016  |  Joe Torella and Douglas Siegel

Are economic pressures and changing rules under the Affordable Care Act forcing you to pare down your employee benefits offering? Incorporating voluntary benefits can keep employees happy by allowing them to add on customized benefits.

Staff training on fire safety

December 22, 2015  |  Stan Szpytek

There's more to fires than just putting them out. Fire protection systems need to be properly installed and maintained, and staff needs to be properly trained in emergency procedures.

The struggle for joy

December 21, 2015  |  Kathleen Mears

The holidays aren't happy for some people, but resident blogger Kathy Mears reminds us how to be in charge of our own joy--and perhaps help others to do the same.


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