New and Unique Nursing Program Provides Valuable Post-Acute Experience

It is no secret that the number of healthcare professionals needed for the tsunami of baby boomers is far from adequate.  The recently released Facts and Figures from the Alzheimer’s Association states that there are currently less than 1% of registered nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists who confirm that they specialize in geriatrics.  Geriatricians alreadyContinue reading “New and Unique Nursing Program Provides Valuable Post-Acute Experience”

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”

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”

Leading Systems Change in Health Care – Why Efforts Fail

Leading change is not easy and 50-70% of change efforts fail.  Leaders, directors, project managers, program, coordinators and others are looking for strategies to move programs and projects forward, to manage change, in challenging times and circumstances.     They seek to develop a deeper understanding of how to overcome their individual and organizational challenges and barriers. Continue reading “Leading Systems Change in Health Care – Why Efforts Fail”

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!”

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”

Change AGEnts: Building Momentum for Change, Improving Care of Older Adults

The 2015 John A Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Conference, “Making Connections, Building Momentum for Change,” will be held on December 1 – 3, in Philadelphia.   Robert Schreiber, MD of Harvard, Hebrew Senior Life, and I will be facilitating a course on Leadership and Culture Change, as well as a session on Kotter’s Eight Step ProcessContinue reading “Change AGEnts: Building Momentum for Change, Improving Care of Older Adults”

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?”