Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Assisted living providers continue to see the “acuity” of their residents rise. As changes in the healthcare environment, including the push to accountable care, readmission penalties, and the desire to avoid hospitalizations, drive more care into the community setting, assisted living residents are often demanding more direct and indirect assistance with medical and nursing care. […]

Ergonomics

When there is a mismatch between the physical requirements of the job and the physical capacity of the worker, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including back injuries, can result. Ergonomics is the practice of designing equipment and work tasks to conform to the capability of the worker, it provides a means for adjusting the work environment […]

Documentation of Staff Training in Assisted Living

Staff inservice and orientation training is an important part of both staff development and regulatory compliance for assisted living and residential care providers. In addition to completing training on time and in accordance with your state regulations, it is also important to document all training. Regulations will vary, but typically your staff training documentation should […]

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Every year approximately 715,00 Americans have a heart attack, and almost half of sudden cardiac deaths happen outside a hospital. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is an important skill for your staff, as taking immediate action, including calling 911, could save a resident’s life.

New Form I-9

A new and revised Form I-9 has been released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The I-9 is used by employers to verify a new employee’s identity and to confirm eligibility for employment in the United States.

National Flu Vaccine Week

The following is adapted from www.cdc.gov: This holiday season, remember it’s not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. Don’t fall for the myth that it’s too late to vaccinate against the flu once the Thanksgiving holidays are over. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can […]

Sign the Stop Alzheimer’s Petition

Forty-two percent of assisted living residents have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. As a care provider you understand the importance of finding ways to manage and prevent the disease.

Stop and Watch

Your direct care and other front line staff often identify changes in resident condition before anyone else. Their regular interaction with residents helps them know what is “normal” and when something just “seems different.” The challenge for providers is ensuring that these changes in condition are promptly reported and acted upon.

Managing Pain for Residents with Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form or arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans.  Managing pain for residents suffering from this condition is an important part of you care and services.  The Arthritis Foundation recommends a holistic approach that includes: