Create Your Plate – Meal Planning for Residents with Diabetes

Meal planning is an important part of managing diabetes.  While a number of different diets may be used, one simple approach is the “Create Your Plate” method recommended by the American Diabetes Association.  It is simple and effective, and allows residents to incorporate their favorite foods into meals. (more…)

RCFE Legislative Activity

This has turned into an unprecedented year for assisted living legislation in California, with 18 bills being proposed in Sacramento to “reform” RCFEs.  The laws being proposed include new insurance requirements, online posting of licensing reports, new training requirements, and much more. (more…)

The Stages of Alzheimer’s

Quality care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease depends on staff who understand what the resident is experiencing.  Among many things that makes Alzheimer’s unique is its progressive nature.  Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress through the disease at the same rate.  To understand this progression, the Alzheimer Association recommends the following seven-stage framework: (more…)

Medication Delivery Timeframes

A Tuesday Tip subscriber recently emailed to ask us about the common practice of giving routine medications within a two-hour “window.”  This got us thinking about what standards are out there regarding medication delivery times? While it is fairly common practice to give medications within a two-hour timeframe of the scheduled delivery time, there are very few state assisted living regulations that actually address this issue. (more…)

Responding to Changes in Condition

A “change in condition” is any change noted to a resident’s physical, mental, emotional, or social functioning or any changes in needs.  Direct care staff are often the first to observe a change since they are caring for the resident continuously and are often more aware of subtle changes observed. (more…)

The Do’s and Don’ts of Glove Use

Infection control is an important responsibility of everyone working in an assisted living community.  The use of gloves is one of the most basic components of your infection control program.  However, it is not just enough to wear gloves; you must use them correctly.  The CDC recommends following these important “do’s and don’ts” (more…)

RCFE Incident Reporting Requirements

RCFEs are responsible for reporting certain incidents to Community Care Licensing.  Regulation 87211 requires a written report be submitted for any of the following: (more…)

Norovirus in Assisted Living

Our customers are reporting increases in the incidence of norovirus in their assisted living communities. Whether these reports are due to heightened awareness of the contagious virus or an actual increase in the incidence of cases is uncertain. However, because providers are being faced with this challenge more often, we felt a review of norovirus based on information from the CDC would be a helpful Tuesday Tip. (more…)

Better Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations in Assisted Living

It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 3 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) older Americans. Traditionally this is a population that has been underserved by assisted living and long term care providers. Older LGBT residents report being treated as if they are heterosexual, experiencing discrimination, and being forced to hide their sexual identity. (more…)

New LGBT Training Requirements

New laws in California (AB663) require training on cultural competency and sensitivity in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues for persons becoming certified as RCFE or ARF Administrators. This training is now required as part of the administrator certification course. (more…)