How Many Facilities Per Administrator

A Tuesday Tip subscriber recently emailed us to ask how many RCFEs an Administrator can be responsible for: “Hello.  How many care homes can your administration certificate be affiliated with and when you are hired on as a new administrator should the administrator or licensee inform the county?”

Do You Know Your Residents’ Drug Allergies?

Residents may have an allergy to a medication.  It is important to determine if a resident has drug allergies during the pre-admission appraisal process.  This information can be obtained from:

10 Steps to Better Documentation

Maintaining accurate and complete records is an important part of operating an Assisted Living Community.  Good documentation can help to ensure consistent quality care for your residents, and help to protect your liability.  When reviewing your documentation practices, keep these basics in mind: 

Volunteer Fingerprint Requirements

We frequently receive questions from our Tuesday Tip subscribers regarding fingerprinting requirements for volunteers.  Information on criminal clearance can be found in RCFE regulation 87355 and California Health and Safety Code Section 1569.17.

Do You Have a Bloodborne Pathogens Control Plan?

Assisted Living providers around the country are reporting increased scrutiny and audits by OSHA.  OSHA standards are comprehensive, affecting virtually every aspect of your Community’s operations.  One of the key OSHA standards to be aware of are the bloogborne pathogens regulations.

Can a Nurse Practitioner Sign a “Physician’s Report?”

Tip: Can a Nurse Practitioner Sign a “Physician’s Report?” A Tuesday Tip subscriber emailed us with the following question: “Can a nurse practitioner complete and sign the Physician’s Report?  Does the physician need to co-sign?”

Sales and Marketing Starts with Hello

Sometimes in our quest to maintain and improve our sales and marketing results we overlook the simple things. One of the most basic fundamentals for sales and marketing success in an assisted living or residential care community is good telephone etiquette. How good is the telephone etiquette of your staff? Do they answer with a …

Tracking and Trending Falls

We recently received the following question from a Tuesday Tip reader: “We are looking for…data collection and analysis tools providers have found that are useful on the prevention and reduction of falls with elderly patients. Any suggestions would be appreciated.”

Safeguard Your Narcotics

On Monday we held our our 2010 Assisted Living Medication Summit, and we heard from several presenters and speakers of an increase in narcotic thefts in communities around the country. While we do not have any hard statistics to confirm this, it does remind us of the importance of safeguarding narcotics in your community. The …

How Long to Keep Resident Records?

Lately we have received questions from several Tuesday Tip subscribers asking how long to keep resident records in their California RCFE.