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”

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”

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”

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”

Elders and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

We have all been touched by a bit of the winter blues at one time or another.  The early sunset makes most of us want to put on our pajamas and settle in by the fire or the television much earlier than usual!  However, while it isn’t unusual to suffer some minor episodes of theContinue reading “Elders and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)”

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?”

Save Time and Money – Expertise Found at Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention

A CEO recently told me that he saved years of work and a great deal of money simply by attending a national conference. He wanted to develop a “best practice” memory care program and had decided that they would do so in-house with his own staff. After attending a conference and hearing expert presenters discussingContinue reading “Save Time and Money – Expertise Found at Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention”