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”

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”

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”

Wanted: Young, Passionate and Energetic Long Term Care Administrators

A highlight of the recent ACHCA 50th Annual Convention was the students in university programs and internships preparing to become long-term care administrators. This industry will benefit from fresh, passionate, and energetic young people with new ideas, an optimistic perspective and the desire to make a difference in the lives of residents in long-term care.Continue reading “Wanted: Young, Passionate and Energetic Long Term Care Administrators”

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”

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”

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”