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Which resident choice, based on the new Medicare guidance’s focus on individual preferences, will be most difficult to deliver?
“I believe that wake-up time would also affect the dining hours, especially breakfast. Then it would be difficult to time the noon meal. If a resident eats at 10 a.m., when should the ‘lunch’ meal be served? Sometimes I eat as late as 9 p.m. for the evening meal. Do we have staff stay that late to accommodate this?”
“Consider mode of bathing. Many patients accustomed to baths are being routinely given showers due to staff preference rather than patient preference.”
“It may be challenging to get employees to embrace the changes, but providers need to remind themselves that they’re here for the residents’ convenience-not their own.”
Anthony Cirillo’s Video Blog
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I have witnessed hundreds of times in nursing homes how a seemingly incoherent person can come alive during a performance. Anecdotal and observational evidence of the healing power of music abound. But now science is catching up.
A CNN article states, “Music seems to find re-routed paths and that is why it is such a useful tool in terms of helping people with different kinds of brain damage because it can help to find new pathways in terms of brain functioning.” And this study isn’t the only one to affirm music’s healing properties.
Anthony Cirillo, FACHE, ABC, is president of The Aging Experience. He’s a passionate advocate for family caregivers and older adults, helping them lead a quality life through a platform of educated aging – physically, emotionally and financially. Cirillo is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives with a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, His clients have ranged from the Cleveland Clinic, Unisys, and King Faisal Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Carolinas Health Care, Novant Health, Wall Street startups and many more. Anthony serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for PPS Alert for Long-Term Care and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Aging and Geriatric Psychiatry.