Memory Care Forum Provides Shared Learning

Shared learning is a model with many benefits, one of which is the ability to gain knowledge through other’s experience within a group setting, sharing what works and what doesn’t.  It is a beneficial method of enhancing knowledge and accelerating advances in a particular area.  Memory care is one in which shared learning can quicklyContinue reading “Memory Care Forum Provides Shared Learning”

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”

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”

Medications, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Consider Comfort and Quality of Life

Families and healthcare professionals question medication use for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia, especially due to the media coverage about the overutilization and potential dangers of antipsychotics and other medications. It is important to investigate potential causes of symptoms or behaviors and identify what can be done before resorting to medication.  SometimesContinue reading “Medications, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Consider Comfort and Quality of Life”

Customer Service? Not Exactly…

While I’ve written about customer service before, a friend’s recent experience prompts me to write again.  My friend, Amy, was asked to help find a facility for a relative with memory loss.  This relative had been diagnosed with dementia some years ago and needed more care than could be provided at home. Amy spent countlessContinue reading “Customer Service? Not Exactly…”

Alzheimer’s and Joy – No Surprise to Me

The title of a recent column caught my eye and perhaps yours as well.  The column was entitled, “Alzheimer’s and joy, an unlikely couple.”  I was a bit surprised by the author’s perspective, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been.  Many people believe only what is written about people with dementia, which is often the negativeContinue reading “Alzheimer’s and Joy – No Surprise to Me”

Stress, Negativity and Alzheimer’s – Happy New Year!

The start of a new year often brings promises that “this year” you are going to take better care of yourself, relax, eat healthy foods, and eliminate stress.  All of this is good given everything we know about health habits and stress.  And the results of a recent study gives us even more incentive toContinue reading “Stress, Negativity and Alzheimer’s – Happy New Year!”

Easing the Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays for Our Aging Population

The holidays are a time of year when we strive to create happy memories. We take joy in organizing events for family and friends, socializing, exchanging gifts, and enjoying the company of those we love.  Yet as our relatives age we may need to adjust our plans and expectations by taking into consideration the changesContinue reading “Easing the Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays for Our Aging Population”

Helping Staff Cope During The Holidays

In a perfect world, we would all approach December with great anticipation, thinking of that Norman Rockwell Christmas gathering, the opening of beautiful gifts surrounded by a loving family, all followed by a picture-perfect holiday dinner. No doubt, we all strive to provide a meaningful and memorable holiday season for ourselves and our families. OurContinue reading “Helping Staff Cope During The Holidays”