Social Media Abuse In Long-Term Care: Sensitivity Needed

I am saddened by recent reports about social media abuse in nursing homes.  It is hard to fathom that people can be so insensitive.  How have we failed? As leaders, have we instilled in the staff the importance of their work?  Have we made an effort to touch the hearts of those we hire?  WeContinue reading “Social Media Abuse In Long-Term Care: Sensitivity Needed”

Pre-Admission Assessments Help To Help Eliminate Resident Discharge/Evictions

Resident discharge or “evictions,” is a complex issue, no doubt.  I write this without blaming any party – the point is to determine what we can do in the long-term care industry to decrease the occurrence.  I am encouraged by the many comments on my initial post as it means others care as well, noContinue reading “Pre-Admission Assessments Help To Help Eliminate Resident Discharge/Evictions”

Fourth of July and Other Holidays: A Celebration or Burden for Long-Term Care Leadership?

A long Fourth of July weekend is coming, a time for national celebrations, picnics, cookouts, and fun with family and friends.  As a long-term care leader, are you exited for the celebration, or are you overwhelmed with anxiety bracing for staff call-offs on another holiday? Two recent scenarios lead me to believe that your attitude,Continue reading “Fourth of July and Other Holidays: A Celebration or Burden for Long-Term Care Leadership?”

The Sad Truth on Evictions in Long-Term Care

A report was released a few weeks ago regarding evictions in long-term care, and frankly I have been surprised by the lack of attention or comments on this issue.  The report sheds light on the increasing practice of resident discharge, or “eviction” of residents in nursing homes.  Increasingly, residents are being discharged to hospitals andContinue reading “The Sad Truth on Evictions in Long-Term Care”

Wanted: Young, Passionate and Energetic Long Term Care Administrators

A highlight of the recent ACHCA 50th Annual Convention was the students in university programs and internships preparing to become long-term care administrators. This industry will benefit from fresh, passionate, and energetic young people with new ideas, an optimistic perspective and the desire to make a difference in the lives of residents in long-term care.Continue reading “Wanted: Young, Passionate and Energetic Long Term Care Administrators”

First Antipsychotics, Now Antianxiety and Hypnotics: Can your Staff Manage Without?

Nursing facilities have been successful in reducing the number of antipsychotics in the past few years, even exceeding the CMS goal. The monitoring of antianxiety and hypnotic medications, while once a discussion, is now a reality, as CMS announced last week that they will now be monitoring antianxiety and hypnotics. While there is not aContinue reading “First Antipsychotics, Now Antianxiety and Hypnotics: Can your Staff Manage Without?”

How To Fail at Everything in Life

While I recently wrote about choosing to be a “complainer” in your work or choosing to be proactive, I simply have to share with you some wisdom passed along to me from an 18 year old man.  Why an 18 year old would pay attention to something like this is beyond me, but I guessContinue reading “How To Fail at Everything in Life”

Your Choice: Complain or be Proactive

Healthcare, and especially long-term care, can be a rather difficult place to work these days.  Leaders have been inundated with multiple changes and new regulations, including requirements for additional electronic connectivity and software, while at the same time dealing with declining reimbursement.  In addition, goals and mandates exist for new transitional care and “partnerships” withContinue reading “Your Choice: Complain or be Proactive”

Millennials in the Workforce: Designing Programs to Meet the Needs of all Employees

Millennials currently make up about one third of the workforce.  While the perceptions about this group are not always positive – referred to as the “me” generation, “entitled” and “noncommittal,” – their real needs and desires in the workplace are not all that out of line with other generations of healthcare workers.  In essence, providingContinue reading “Millennials in the Workforce: Designing Programs to Meet the Needs of all Employees”

CEO of AHCA/NCAL Advises Employee Satisfaction Critical to Survival

The Honorable Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL knows the importance of staff satisfaction and retention.  During a recent address at the Independent Owner Leadership Conference in San Diego, Parkinson emphasized the importance of enhancing staff satisfaction and retention as a means of staying in business.  He urged owners to focus on an organizationalContinue reading “CEO of AHCA/NCAL Advises Employee Satisfaction Critical to Survival”