Most everyone is familiar with the process of getting their blood pressure tested. The doctor or nurse wraps your arm in a Velcro fastened brace, it squeezes your arm, and somehow it gives the attendant a couple of numbers that determine your blood pressure.

Support Your Local Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Each year the Alzheimer’s Association hosts the national Walk to End Alzheimer’s to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  As an assisted living professional you know firsthand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the person with the disease, their family, friends, and caregivers.  Do what you can to support the fight …

Preventing Falls

Residents in assisted living will fall; this is a reality of the population we care for.  As a care provider it is critically important that you educate your staff in proper fall response procedures, including seeking medical attention and notifying families/responsible parties when a fall occurs.  It is also important to set clear expectations with …

Celebrate National Assisted Living Week This September!

September 7-13, 2014 marks National Assisted Living Week this year! The National Center for Assisted Living coordinates this celebration every year and has extensive resources to assist in your celebration on their website [LINK: http://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/events/Pages/NationalAssistedLivingWeek.aspx/] Take advantage of this week to engage your residents, staff, family members, and external stakeholders in a celebration of all …

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.

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”

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 under-served 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 …

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

Seniors are at greater risk for dehydration than younger adults.  As a care provider, you should monitor your residents for this potentially serious condition.  The Mayo Clinic suggests looking for the following signs and symptoms.

Higher Acuity – National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

Did you know that November 21, 2013 is National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day?  The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) promotes this day to remind everyone of the importance of preventing pressure ulcers.  Use this day to educate your staff, residents, and family members on risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention, and treatment of pressure …

Tuberculin Skin Test National Shortages

Many assisted providers are encountering shortages of PPD tuberculin skin tests needed to conduct tuberculosis screening for both staff and residents. The CDC and FDA have confirmed the shortages: