Thanksgiving: A Time to Offer Appreciation for Long-Term Care Staff

According to the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some it is not necessarily true of the holiday season.  The holidays present a number of challenges for many – never enough time, multiple food requests, family pressures, scheduling, and of course cleaning, shopping and cooking. Kicking off the holiday seasonContinue reading “Thanksgiving: A Time to Offer Appreciation for Long-Term Care Staff”

Dementia Best Practice Recommendations Focus on Person-Centered Care, Regulatory Compliance and Staff Retention

The National Alzheimer’s Association’s updated their best practice recommendations for person-centered dementia care in 2018 and for the first time included workforce (staff) as a separate and important component/area of concentration. The workforce recommendations, released in the 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, were created to address person-centered care and mechanisms for the development of aContinue reading “Dementia Best Practice Recommendations Focus on Person-Centered Care, Regulatory Compliance and Staff Retention”

Staff Turnover, Person-Centered Care and Regulations

Following my recent article on person-centered care (PCC) regulations, a question asked on my thoughts on the challenges of providing PCC considering the staffing challenges facing the industry. There is no doubt that PCC is much more easily provided when there is a sufficient number of consistent staff.  PCC is at its core relationship based,Continue reading “Staff Turnover, Person-Centered Care and Regulations”

Emphasis on Person-Centered Care Citations is Underway

Person-centered care is a well-established philosophy of care incorporating the needs and desires of each person.  Providing person-centered care is dependent upon “knowing the person” as a unique, one-of-a-kind individual.  This philosophy is not new and should not be a foreign concept for anyone working in healthcare, particularly long-term care.  Elements were addressed as farContinue reading “Emphasis on Person-Centered Care Citations is Underway”

Delightful or Dreadful? Holidays for Long-Term Care Leadership

I’ve said it before, and believe it is worth repeating.  Holidays can present a unique challenge for long-term care leadership teams. As the Fourth of July holiday is approaching, the country prepares for celebrations, picnics, cookouts, and fun with family and friends.  As a long-term care leader, are you exited for the celebration, or areContinue reading “Delightful or Dreadful? Holidays for Long-Term Care Leadership”

Staff Education and Training – More than Compliance

A recent conversation among long-term care leaders illuminated current beliefs about staff training and education in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  While one participant asked how many hours of training is necessary for staff to be competent in providing quality memory care, the conversation turned to a discussion about compliance versus education for competent staff. OftenContinue reading “Staff Education and Training – More than Compliance”

Long-Term Care Workforce Issues: Practice Principles for Quality Dementia Care

I was honored to lead the development of the best practice recommendations for creating a person-centered dementia capable long-term care workforce for the new 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. The National Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations outline recommendations for quality care practices based on a comprehensive review of current evidence, best practice andContinue reading “Long-Term Care Workforce Issues: Practice Principles for Quality Dementia Care”

Capitol Hill Event for 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

Susan Gilster was recently a speaker on Capitol Hill as she joined the National Alzheimer’s Association and the nation’s top researchers, interested organizations and members of Congress to discuss ways to improve quality of care and quality of life for those living with dementia. Dr. Gilster was one of 27 experts invited by the NationalContinue reading “Capitol Hill Event for 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations”

Free Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Conference June 7th!

I am looking forward to presenting at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Concepts in Care Conference on Wednesday, June 7th in Franklin, Tennessee.  The conference will be held at The Franklin Theater. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is hosting the “AFA National Educating America Tour.”  AFA’s Concepts in Care Educational Conferences willContinue reading “Free Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Conference June 7th!”

Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregiver Shares Regrets To Benefit Others

When I see an interesting title for an article posted on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room or the Huffington Post, I always look further and all too often it is written by Dr. Marie Marley. One such title and article is by Dr. Marley, where she shares with us things she learned as a caregiver ofContinue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregiver Shares Regrets To Benefit Others”