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 […]

Types of Learning

When training staff in an assisted living or residential care community there are different types of learning that we want our staff to learn. The importance of this awareness is to make sure you set up the right “teaching” for the right type of “learning” that you want your staff to acquire.

Can I Retain a Resident with MRSA?

The incidence of infections from drug-resistant organisms continues to be major problem in the United States. Assisted living and residential care providers are increasingly faced with a resident who is infected or colonized with these organisms, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resitant enterococci (VRE). One of the most important questions for providers is […]

The “Brown Bag” Medication Review

Assisted living and residential care residents often move into a community directly from their home.  While living at home many of our residents managed their own medications or received minimal assistance from a family member.  Over the years the volume of medications in their possession can quickly build up as residents saw multiple physicians, purchased […]

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 […]

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 […]

Infection Prevention During Blood Glucose Monitoring

Over 26% of the adults age 65 or older have diabetes, which means many assisted living and residential care providers are caring for residents with diabetes who require blood glucose monitoring or insulin injections.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidelines designed to decrease the risk of infection when assisting with […]


We’ve recently received a few questions about California RCFE regulations related to residents having visitors, particularly residents with dementia.  This issue is addressed in both the RCFE regulations and in the health and safety code.

Workplace Safety Report

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the health and social assistance sector has an injury and illness rate of 5.6 per 100 full-time workers compared with a rate of 4.2 for all of private industry.  The health and social assistance sector includes four categories: ambulatory health care services; hospitals; […]

RCFE Residents Under Age 60

Yesterday a Tuesday Tip subscriber emailed to ask if she could admit a resident under age 60 into her RCFE.  While there are various factors to be considered, the short answer is yes, with some restrictions.  Regulation 87101 states: