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: 

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.

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.”

Flu Season Is Here Again

How Serious is the Flu? Each year in the United States, on average: 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; About 36,000 people die from flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high …

Celebrate Nursing!

Warm thoughts to all nurses for National Nurses Week May 6-May 12! Nurses provide much needed care to seniors and adults living in residential care. Those of us working this industry know what a great nursing venue community based care provides.

Food Facts

While recently writing the new Food and Nutrition class that Community Education, LLC will be offering as part of our recertification courses, I came across a few interesting facts that may be helpful to those of you who help to prepare meals for your residents. 

Bed Making

The bed is one of the most important parts of the resident’s room, and probably one of the most used pieces of furniture in the facility.  Having a clean, well made bed actually serves several beneficial functions.  First, it helps to make the resident feel comfortable and safe in the facility.  Sleeping in a wrinkled …

Food Poisoning Still Common in U.S.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that certain foodborne illnesses have declined since the late 1990s, improvements have leveled off since 2004.

Assisted Living Services May Be Tax-Deductible

As we all know too well it is tax season.  With the April 15 deadline coming up quickly, this is a good time to remind your residents and their families that assisted living services can, in many cases, be filed as a tax-deductible medical expense.