The Signs of Depression

Depression is estimated to affect 6 million American age 65 and older, but only 10% receive treatment for this serious condition (WedMD LINK: Depression and the Elderly).  You and your staff can be an important part of treating depression by identifying residents who may be displaying signs of the disease.  This can be challenging, however, …

Stay Current on Drug Information

From time to time we all have questions about medications. Questions like: What is a normal dose? Are there any dangerous side effects with this drug? Is it okay to take these different medications at the same time? Should this be taken with food? You should prepare resources for medication information before the questions arise. …

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:

Criminal Clearance and Hospice Volunteers

In last week’s Tuesday Tip we clarified criminal clearance requirements for volunteers.  Pathways Home Health and Hospice sent us this important reminder that volunteers from a hospice agency are exempt from the criminal clearance process:

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?”

Peer to Peer Medication Audits

Not signing off on medication assistance records (MAR) is a significant liability, compliance, and care concern. Have all medication staff audit records from the previous shift. 

Put Your Charts on a Diet!

Are your resident charts getting too heavy to handle? Residents often live in assisted living and residential care communities for many years, and as time goes by the number of assessments, physician orders, narrative entries, and other chart documents can start to become overwhelming. To keep things manageable and easy-to-use it is a good idea …