CMS Regulations, Dementia Care and More: American College of Health Care Administrators Winter Conference

Annual conferences are an opportunity to stay abreast of changes in the industry and creative programs to enhance practice and outcomes in long term care.  It is an opportunity to meet other colleagues in the industry who can serve as future resources and mentors.  This year’s ACHCA Winter Marketplace will be hosted at Bally’s inContinue reading “CMS Regulations, Dementia Care and More: American College of Health Care Administrators Winter Conference”

Memory Care Programs – Misleading Advertising Leads to Lawsuits

Why Staff Training is a Must Memory care providers take note – misleading memory care advertising is becoming a focus for a number of advocates and state executives who are now pursuing (and suing) facilities who promise well trained staff and specialized memory care programs, yet are not delivering as promised. Most, if not allContinue reading “Memory Care Programs – Misleading Advertising Leads to Lawsuits”

CMS Regulations and Person-Centered Dementia Care: Are You Ready?

Change is coming. CMS has introduced multiple changes to nursing home regulations that will impact the industry, especially those facilities providing dementia care. Even though the comment period was extended, organizations need to take these potential changes seriously and begin to implement strategies and programs now. Doing so will not be quick or easy. ItContinue reading “CMS Regulations and Person-Centered Dementia Care: Are You Ready?”

Looking Forward To The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Next Week

I will have the pleasure of sharing my expertise in Washington, DC next week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), where I will present “Leadership Model Key to Developing a Successful, Person-Centered Memory Care Workforce,” and “Planning for Success: A Model for Guiding and Supporting Families in Long-Term Care.” More than 5,000 attendees fromContinue reading “Looking Forward To The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Next Week”

Education and Training in Health Care: What Happens When the “Trainers” Leave?

A recent article discussed the importance and outcomes of training staff on dealing with dementia-related behavioral disturbances. Outcomes of a six-week training program for a select interdisciplinary group (trainees), but not all staff, saw a reduction in antipsychotic utilization. Results also indicated that those trained were more comfortable with non-aggressive behaviors, though some remained uncomfortableContinue reading “Education and Training in Health Care: What Happens When the “Trainers” Leave?”

When a tragedy strikes in long-term care, who is to blame?

Sadly, we read of another tragic death, this time of a woman with memory loss in assisted living. The question will be asked; who is to blame? The staff member assigned to the resident, the staff on the shift, the charge nurse, the administrator, the owner, the corporation? Unfortunate events can and do happen toContinue reading “When a tragedy strikes in long-term care, who is to blame?”

High Staff Turnover? Give Them What They Want

Money alone is not the answer. Securing and retaining staff, keeping them happy and content continues to be a major and very expensive problem in assisted living and long-term care. Despite decades of research and examination, millions of dollars are spent every year when staff members leave a facility. Turnover plagues the industry, found inContinue reading “High Staff Turnover? Give Them What They Want”

No Time for Employee Orientation? Then Keep on Hiring…

Newly hired employees do not arrive on their first day complete, with all the information and skills to be successful. Regardless of their years of experience in healthcare or a specific position, each and every new employee needs an extensive, facility-specific orientation. They don’t know how the facility operates, from policies, procedures, and processes toContinue reading “No Time for Employee Orientation? Then Keep on Hiring…”

Will You Be Joining Me at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July?

I will have the pleasure of sharing my expertise with two presentations this year; “Leadership Model Key to Developing a Successful, Person-Centered Memory Care Workforce,” and “Planning for Success: A Model for Guiding and Supporting Families in Long-Term Care.” The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC) is the world’s largest forum for the dementia research community.Continue reading “Will You Be Joining Me at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July?”

Developing an Exemplary Memory Care Program

Memory care is “trending!”  The need for quality memory care programs is great, and experts predict increasing development of specialized memory care units and facilities.   But do healthcare providers understand what is required for a successful memory care program?  In the book, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program,” IContinue reading “Developing an Exemplary Memory Care Program”