Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your staff, and your residents! This holiday week provides an opportunity reminder to all of us to be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. Whether it is time with family, a cherished moment with a resident, our a valued new member of your caregiving team, as assisted living and […]

Assisted Living Standards of Practice and Care

Operating an assisted living community is challenging. Providers often find themselves searching for standards that can form the basis for a solution to the challenges they face; whether it is medication management, service planning, staffing, or a myriad of other examples. While there is never a one-size-fits-all solution, there are many resources and tools readily […]

Sharing the Faces of Assisted Living

The National Center for Assisted Living has launched a new Faces of Assisted Living program that shares photographs of resident experiences in assisted living communities.  The philosophy of assisted living is to provide care and services that respect resident choice, dignity, and independence in a home-like setting, NCAL reminds us on their website.

Summer is Here: Watch Out For Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

Today being the first official day of summer is a good reminder to all of us to watch for signs of heat-related emergencies in our residents.  Because of physiological changes and possible disease processes, your residents are at a greater risk for both heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Cost of Care Survey

According to Genworth Financial’s has released their annual Cost of Care Survey.  For the eighth year, Genworth surveyed assisted living, home care, adult day health care, and nursing homes to provide information on the cost of long term care across the United States.

Understanding C. Diff

As acuity continues to rise in assisted living and residential care, providers increasingly find themselves faced with managing diseases and conditions that in the past were more commonly associated with skilled nursing facilities. One example of this is Clostridium Difficile, better know as C. Diff. This week’s Tuesday Tip will provide you with some basic […]

First Aid Training Requirements

California RCFE regulation 87411 requires that “staff providing care” receive appropriate first aid training. A common question is whether nurses who are employed by and RCFE must receive first aid training. This issue is addressed in the RCFE Evaluator Manual, which states:

When to Centrally Store Medications

Medication management is an important part of the services offered by assisted living and residential care providers.  When you and your staff are overseeing resident’s medications, the security and storage of the drugs is one of your greatest concerns.  Our clients often ask how to determine the need for central storage, and who may make […]