Action Steps for Change in Condition

Assisted Living communities are at high risk when a resident has a significant change in condition.  This change could include a pressure sore, cessation or decrease in eating or drinking,  immobility or weakness, change in mental status, just to name a few.  Calling the family to notify of a change in condition is important, but …

The Magic of Music

There are few things that bring joy to a person’s life quite like music. Attending an evening concert, dressing up for the local symphony, singing Christmas Carols during the holiday season or playing the piano or guitar while at home – music can enhance any experience in life. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) …

Wage and Labor Poster Requirements

As an employer you are required to post certain information in an area where all employees can easily view them.  Keeping track of what to post can be challenging. Fortunately the U.S. Department of Labor maintains a list of required workplace postings, who must post them, and the penalties for failing to post on their …

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.

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:] Take advantage of this week to engage your residents, staff, family members, and external stakeholders in a celebration of all …

Calling 9-1-1

If I say the word “emergency”, probably one of the first thoughts in your mind is “9-1-1”. Since we were young, we were taught the universal phone number to call in case of an emergency. When I was 5 years old, it was simple: witness an emergency – call 9-1-1.

Norovirus Outbreak Prevention

Noroviruses can cause outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in assisted living and residential care communities through food borne transmission, contact with an infected person and contact with infected surfaces. In severe cases, the resulting diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration can be life threatening.

Identifying Pressure Ulcers

Skin breakdown, particularly pressure ulcers, are a concern for any assisted living resident.  As a caregiver it is important to monitor the skin of the residents you care for, particularly those who are at greater risk of skin breakdown.  Such as residents with diabetes, circulatory problems, incontinence, and/or limited mobility.

Heat Safety

Being here in sunny Phoenix for the ALFA conference reminded me that the hot days of summer will be here soon. While we all look forward to warmer weather, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illness. Because of age and chronic disease, your residents are especially susceptible to heat exhaustion and …