Being aware of Depression and Suicide during the holiday season

During the upcoming holiday time, we not only experience the joy of the season with our residents, but unfortunately it is also a time many of our residents experience depression and may even verbalize a desire to end their life. Suicide among elderly adults is a growing and serious concern. The highest rate of suicide …

Avoiding Heat Related Illness

Once again, we find ourselves right in the middle of summer. Our jackets, scarves, sweaters and hot chocolate are replaced with pools, beaches, fans and ice cream. This is a fun time of year where warmer weather brings an abundance of outdoor activities.

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.

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 …

RCFE Nighttime Staffing Requirements

A Tuesday Tip subscriber emailed us recently asking what the minimum night time staffing requirement is in an RCFE.  So we thought it would be helpful to share our answer with you.

Higher Acuity – The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

According to the CDC, every year 2 million people in the United States become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Assisted living providers are increasingly faced with residents who have infections with organisms such as Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium difficile; …

Higher Acuity – Manage High Risk Medications

In this week’s Tuesday Tip we are continuing our focus on managing higher acuity.  Assisted living providers know that managing medications is one of the most important—and challenging—aspects of caring for a higher acuity population.  With higher acuity often comes more medications and a greater risk of side effects or adverse reactions.

Reducing Medication Errors

Research has shown that medication error rates in assisted living and residential care communities are close to 30%.  However, over 70% of errors are related to dose timing, which means they can be easily reduced/avoided.  Follow these steps to reduce the medication error rate in your community:

Washing Laundry with Infected Material

Protecting your staff and residents from the infectious diseases is an important responsibility. Safely handling and cleaning laundry with infected material is an important part of your overall infection control program. The following recommendations are adapted from Be sure to also follow any state regulations regarding laundry storage, handling, and cleaning.

Oxygen Equipment Requirements in an RCFE

It is not uncommon to retain a resident who requires supplemental oxygen administration. RCFE regulation 87618 outlines requirements for how the oxygen is to be administered (by the resident him/herself or a licensed medical professional), but it is important not to overlook the requirements outlined in the regulation, including those related to the actual oxygen …