Assisted Living Sitemap - Page 2 2014-11-23

Sexual Activity / Sexual Abuse
This category contains articles dealing with the sensitive topics of elder abuse and sexual activity among elders in care facilities.

Infection Control
This category contains articles related to infection control and hand hygiene.

Retaining Healthcare Staff
Retaining Nurses - Survey Explores the State of the Nursing Profession

Senior Living Design
This category will feature articles pertinent to designing person-centered living spaces for boomers and seniors.

Sex in the Nursing Home Among Residents
Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation according to a federally funded study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Yet sex in long-term care facilities among residents is still a taboo subject. Let's look at this a little closer.

Reimbursement
This category will catalog news and information about payment mechanisms.

Nursing Home Administrator's Exam
This category details the nursing home administrator's exam and the five areas of concentration.

Resources for Activity Professionals
Resources for Activity Directors

culture change - mds 3.0 - nursing home leadership - Healthcare Quality Improvement – Healthcare Quality – Quality Heathcare – Patient Experience
This sub-category concentrates on the culture change movement in nursing homes.

Background Check Vital in Screening LTC Workforce
Background Checks Vital - Death in Florida Nursing Home Calls Attention

Home Health Payment Update
Home Health Payment Update-Proposed New Rules Increase Payments

CARF Updates Standards
CARF Updates Standards - CCRC Accreditation Provides Benchmark for Excellence

Home Health Care - Home Health - Aging in Place - Home Health Services - Home Health Nursing - Home Health Jobs - Home Health Certification - Home Health Satisfaction - Home Health CAHPS
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home Health Care Survey, also referred to as the

Hospice Rates Increase While Care Called Into Question
Hospice Rates Increase While Care Called Into Question. Hospices may not be providing continuous care needed at the very end of life.

Communicating Empathy
Empathy-When Patients Feel Personal Connection They Feel Care is Better

65+ in the United States
65+ in the United States-New Census Report; New Surprises

Take the Yucky Out of the Healthcare Experience
Take the Yucky Out of the Healthcare Experience-What Uber Teaches Us

Performing a Geriatric Assessment
Multidimensional Frailty Score Provides Next Level Geriatric Assessment

Dementia Action Alliance Thought Leaders Summit
Dementia Action Alliance Leaders Summit-Halperin Opening Remarks a Must Read

Hospice Surveying
Hospice Surveying-Calls for More Frequent Surveys by NAHC

LGBT Communities Growing
LGBT Communities Growing-Stonewall Gardens Latest Addition

Becoming a Nursing Home Administrator
The nursing home administrator is a leader in the organization who not only directs its operations but in a large part is responsible for setting the tone of the culture. Now more than ever, true leaders are needed in this area of healthcare. Let's look at this position, its responsibilities, training requirements, expected salary and career advancement opportunities.

Activity Programming for June - Article Hub
From Cole Porter's birthday to legendary singers to baseball, there is a lot to celebrate and commemorate in June.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Activities
At the heart of any nursing or assisted living home is the activity program. It is an integral part of the cultural change movement and central to person-centered care. It is essential for resident quality of life.

Preventing, Monitoring and Identifying Abusive Behavior by Your Staff
The long-term care industry is vastly misunderstood and usually lumped together as one entity. Most suffer from the image that carries over from perceptions of skilled nursing facilities - not only is a facility the place people go to die but that it is also a place where elders are abused. Actual statistics do not support the perception of rampant abuse; however, no abuse can be tolerated. This article looks at preventing, monitoring and identifying abusive behavior by your staff.

MDS 3.0 Assessment Accuracy Key to Effective Care Plan
It is important to accurately capturing ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) data when completing scheduled MDS 3.0 assessments for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement purposes. While compliance is needed for reimbursement, it is also essential to have an accurately completed MDS 3.0 assessment so that an individualized plan of care can be developed.

Nursing Homes
Each care provider in aging services has its own set of regulations and standards. Find nursing-home specific information - MDS 3.0 for example - that can not otherwise be covered in the general categories for this site here.

Caring for LGBT Seniors
The number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals over the age of 65 is expected to double over the next few decades. This population is no different in terms of the care they will need as they age. Yet policies around this population have not been developed and because of that caring for LGBT seniors is hampered because of social isolation, poor health outcomes, unequal treatment under the law and diminished economic security. Caring for this population will present challenges and opportunities for providers.

New Nursing Home Administrator Code of Ethics Introduced
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of Ethics-Personal Conduct Addressed

Unforeseen Competitors Slipping into LTSS
Unforeseen Competitors Slipping into LTSS-Verizon Enters Telehealth

Communicating Effectively With Residents
Communicating effectively with residents, patients and families is key to providing quality health care. The manner in which you communicate information can be equally as important as the information.

National Consumer Voice Calls for Better Staffing Levels
National Consumer Voice Calls for Better Staffing Levels-How to Get Involved

Hiring and Staffing
Your staff defines the experience for customers. Therefore your very reputation and business viability hangs on your ability to hire and retain the best staff. Hiring, staffing, recruitment, and retention of staff are at the core of topics covered.

Aging Trends Spell Business Opportunities
There are almost 40 million people aged 65+ in the United States. Here's a rundown of what this means for the economy.

Medicaid Spend Down - Part One
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You Qualify for Medicaid

Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two
Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two - Reducing Countable Assets

RAND Study Looks at LTSS
RAND Study Looks at LTSS - 25 Options 5 Objectives Outlined

Maya Angelou on the Rainbow in the Clouds
Maya Angelou asked the audience to be the rainbow in the clouds of others.

Geriatric Care Manager - Profession Description
As caregivers and families cope with the overwhelming stress of caring for a loved one, a new profession, that of the Geriatric Care Manager is cropping up. A Geriatric Care Manager can help families who are caring for older relatives.

Using Aromatherapy with Alzheimer's / Dementia Patients
Pleasing scents help relax people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this article we explore how to use aromatherapy with these patients.

2014 CMS Financial Update
Skilled nursing facility reimbursements to increase by $750 million in 2015

Readmission Nuances
Readmissions seems to be the buzzword in long-term care. Not a day goes by that some new studies come out suggesting new ways to reduce readmissions.

The National Agenda Subject of Health Affairs Alzheimer’s Briefing
The National Agenda Subject of Health Affairs Alzheimer’s Briefing. Ever hear of the Club Sandwich Generation?

Primary Care Docs On Frontline of Alzheimer’s / Dementia Detection
Primary Care Docs On Frontline of Alzheimer’s / Dementia Detection

Financial Professionals on Alzheimer’s Frontlines
Financial Professionals Should Be on the Frontlines of Alzheimer’s Identification

Tai Chi for Seniors: Chair Chi
Chair Chi is an exercise program based on the principals of Tai Chi Chuan, but designed for the elderly, in nursing homes, adult day centers, etc..

Short Stay Rehab Patient Activities
A majority of older Americans will spend at least a short term stay recovering and rehabbing from medical miracles such as hip, knee and other joint replacements as well as serious medical conditions, ranging from a broken bone to a stroke. That is a challenge for activity directors.

Assisted Living Sales and Marketing Tips
Is your assisted living marketing and sales approach stale? Do you need to recharge your marketing to increase referrals and closes? Getting to a full occupancy and being profitable in today’s business environment requires a totally different marketing approach. By continuing to pursue the same old, ineffective methods, you will get the same old results. Here are six suggestions to get you thinking.

What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community
If you are new to aging services and are considering a career that involves caring for elders in a home-like environment, you need to know the differences between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), an Assisted Living Facility (AL), and a Skilled Nursing Facility or Nursing Home (SNF.

hospice - palliative care - end of life issues - hospice overview - hospice reimbursement
The arena of hospice care reimbursement is often misunderstood by the public and in fact a perception that it is not a covered service often makes caregivers shy away from seeking hospice services. This is what your potential clients should understand. Hospice is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private insurers. If a person does not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance company, hospice will work with the person and their family to ensure needed services can be provided.

Adult Day Care Services Rules and Regulations By State
With the growing trend for payers to want to keep people out of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, other aging services become increasingly important. One of those is adult day care or adult day services (ADS). And with increased importance comes increased scrutiny. This article provides an overview of adult day care rules and regulations. They will continue to evolve.

Extending Your Brand by Expanding Your Product and Service Offerings
Brand extension is a marketing strategy used to leverage an organization's good name through related and complementary product and service offerings.

Continuing Care Retirement Community – Assisted Living – Nursing Home – Housing for the Elderly
If you are new to aging services and are considering a career that involves caring for elders in a home-like environment, you need to know the differences between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), an Assisted Living Facility (AL), and a Skilled Nursing Facility or Nursing Home (SNF). Page 2.

Adult Day Care - Description of Typical Program
Elder day care offers both respite for caregivers as well a much needed socialization for seniors. Here are the characteristics of a typical center.

Activity Programs for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.

Activity Programs for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.

Introduction to the Home Care Business
With an increased desire to “age in place”, more and more services are being delivered straight to the home. One of the fastest growing businesses is non-medical home care.

Where to Start - Options for Entry
There are four ways to enter the non-medical home care arena.

Incorporating Your Home Care Business
How you incorporate your business is important because that initial decision will affect all aspects of business operations later. So choose carefully and consult with an attorney.

Setting Up Your Home Care Business
Once incorporated it is time to set up the business systems for your home care enterprise.

Establish Policies and Procedures for Your Home Care Business
An efficient home care business operates with policies and procedures in place for all aspects of the operation. You may be able to purchase these and in many cases they will be part of a franchise that you might buy.

Hire Home Care Staff
Hire the best caregivers available as your reputation depends on it. Spend time interviewing prospects and conduct background and reference checks even if not “technically” required.

Marketing a Non-Medical Home Care Business
With your operations ready to go, it's time to acquire clients. Let's get started.

Home Care is a Rewarding Business
In conclusion, home care can be a fulfilling calling. But make no mistake it is a business so operate it as one. Use your heart when it comes to the care of those elders whose families have entrusted their care to you.

Nursing Home Activity Director Certification Rules
As more baby boomers enter retirement, more than ever there is a need for qualified activity directors. To this end, the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) has put in place a new national exam designed to elevate the level of the profession and practitioner.

When an Advance Directive is in Place, Dying is More Dignified and Peaceful
When an Advance Directive is in Place, Dying is More Dignified and Peaceful

Food Services in Long-Term Care Centers
Food services in long-term care has come a long way, both in quality and taste as well as service and choice. Resident-centered food service is an essential part of the culture change movement in long-term care homes. Simple things to you and I like eating when you want, what you want and where you want have been, up until recently, something foreign to long-term care.

Career Ladders in Long-Term Care
One of the workforce issues in long-term care is that for many it is simply a job and not a career. With low retention and high turnover, low wages and minimal benefits, workers cannot see clearly that there is a career progression. In this article hub we look at the concept of career ladders in long-term care, especially important for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and home health aides (HHA).

Gene Sequencing Will Help Identify Alzheimer’s Sooner
Gene Sequencing Will Help Identify Alzheimer's Sooner

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Activities for April
April activities for nursing homes and assisted living cover the fountain of youth, baseball to hitting the road. Diverse and eclectic and a must read.

Activity Programming for May - Article Hub
From Memorial Day to Mother's Day to Cinco de Mayo to the Kentucky Derby, May is a non-stop whirl of activities. Here are five articles to get you started programming your ideas for residents. Have fun.

Reducing Readmissions and ED Visits
How to Build Better Relationships with Hospital Counterparts to Reduce Readmissions.

The Dementia Action Alliance
The Dementia Action Alliance - Know About It and Get Involved With It

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HELP US TO MAKE THE VOICES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA HEARD IN WASHINGTON DC!
HELP US TO MAKE THE VOICES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA HEARD IN WASHINGTON DC!

MDS 3.0 Swallowing / Nutritional Ststus
The ability to swallow safely can be affected by many disease processes and functional decline. Losing the ability to swallow can result in choking and aspiration, which can increase the resident’s risk for malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration pneumonia. Adequate nutrition and hydration is essential to a quality of life for seniors. The MDS 3.0 guidelines on Swallowing and Nutritional Status can provide a blueprint for care.

Technology Driven Activities
This hub contains articles related to seniors and activities.

Choosing a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility Hub
From choosing a geriatric care manager to doing your internet homework to touring a facility, there is a lot that goes into making an informed decision about care for a loved one.

Caregiving, Resources for Caregivers
This article hub is specially written to help caregivers age with a quality of life while also helping their loved ones.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions
This is your hub for all things readmission related. Want to be a good partner to hospitals? Read these articles.

Assisted Living Regulations by State
Find Assisted Living Regulations By State - Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

cultural sensitivity in long term care
As the number of ethnic and minority populations age and as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community ages as well, being culturally aware will become more important in aging services. And serving these populations with respect and dignity will be a driving force behind true culture change. Let's take a look at cultural sensitivity in long term care.

identity theft - red flag rules - preventing identity theft - identity fraud
The so called “Red Flag Rules” requires many organizations to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect the warning signs of identity theft (a red flag!) in their day-to-day operations.

Activity Professionals in Long-Term Care
Residential living communities for seniors have a unique responsibility to provide not only food, shelter and health care, but also provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the activity professional is key.

Music Programs for Activity Professionals
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active.

Capturing Life Stories of Elders
There’s an old saying in journalism, “Everyone has a story”. Activity directors know this is true. But how do you draw out the fascinating tales of your residents’ lives in a way which preserves and shares this unique view of history? How do you help them to tell their life story?

Art Programs for Activity Professionals
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Art appreciation also helps foster lifelong learning and mind stimulation.

Assisted Living Survey Hub
Here are several articles related to state surveys of assisted living facilities. Combined they start to paint a picture of what you can expect.

MDS 3.0 What You Need to Know - Nursing Home Quality - What is MDS 3.0 - RUGS IV
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) tool for facilitating care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. In this series, we examine seven areas of care.

MDS 3.0 What You Need to Know - Nursing Home Quality - What is MDS 3.0 - RUGS IV
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) tool for facilitating care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. In this series, we examine seven areas of care.

Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor Program
Fraud and abuse in the federal payment system is coming under more and more scrutiny. Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) detect and correct past improper payments so that CMS and Carriers, Financial Intermediaries (FI) and Medicare Administrator Contractors (MAC) can prevent future improper payments. Medicare processes over 1.2 billion claims each year, submitted by more than 1 million health care providers such as hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, labs, ambulance companies, and durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers.

What You Need to Know About Adult Day Care
With the continued push towards aging in place, adult day services or adult day centers play a vital role in the quality of life for our seniors. In this hub we look at statistics for the industry, state rules and regulations, certification, record keeping, service requirements, design environment and safety, as well as staffing.

hospice - palliative care - end of life issues - hospice overview - hospice reimbursement - hospice information hub
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.

Innovative Models of Care in Aging Services
This hub of articles is an evolving and growing list of innovative care models in senior care sprouting up around the world.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) develops the national nursing home administrator examination. Find out more in this hub of articles.

Patient Experience and Marketing
The experience of care is the marketing for the organization. This fundamental principle is at the heart of why we do what we do everyday. Few make the connection between marketing and patient experience. When they do and the light bulb goes off, things change.

Word of Mouth Marketing Hub
Surprisingly word of mouth spreads not just through online activity. In fact most word of mouth is face to face. And just like anything else there are strategies associated with it. In this hub we have gathered our best articles about how to utilize word of mouth effectively.

Connecting Patient Experience and Marketing
Connecting Patient/Resident Experience and Marketing. Knowing How They Relate is Central to Planning Strategy.

Assisted Living - Activities for Men in Nursing Homes
In most retirement communities women residents outnumber the men. It’s a fact of life for most activity directors but planning for men’s activities is also a must. In this article we look at some ideas for successful men’s programming.

Engaging Residents / Patients Before, During and After the Care Experience Impacts Satisfaction
Engaging Residents / Patients Before, During and After the Care Experience Impacts Satisfaction

Medicare and Medicaid
Many businesses in aging services receive reimbursement from federal and state governments. In some cases it may be your only source of revenue. That is why it is important to know government regulations, quality standards and ratings and health care reform issues that impact your business.

Starting a Business
The perfect storm of aging baby boomers, a shortage of care providers and mandates to move more care out of institutional settings has set up a wild west of business possibilities in health care. If you are interested in serving the elderly and running a successful business, you might consider starting a company in the aging services sector. Find what you need to start and run a successful business here.

Running Your Business
The nuts and bolts of running a business in the aging services sector are vital to your success. Insurance, taxes, liability, accounts payable, accounts receivable, setting up an office, business taxes, inventory management, business legal issues, hiring a health care accountant, hiring a health care lawyer, healthcare consultants, debt collections - these are some of the issues to track here.

Stories for Seniors
Life Enirichment Programs for Residents and Professional Staff Training brings programs on a variety of topics to senior living communities.

HHS Data Shows Patient Safety Improving; Readmissions Falling
HHS Data Shows Patient Safety Improving; Readmissions Falling

Activities for August, Part 6
August activities for nursing homes and assisted living. Part Six - Of Romance and Friendship

Activities for August, Part 5
August activities for nursing homes and assisted living. Part Five - Chilling Out, Listening to Music, and Dancing

Nursing Home Activities - Evoking Memories - Products for Activity Directors
Enter the dining room of most long term care, personal care and assisted living dining rooms and you will notice an absence. Not of food. Not of people. But of conversation! A new product could help.

Blogs Nominated for the "Best" at Senior Homes Competition - Five Years Running - Last CHANCE TO VOTE
Blogs Nominated for the Best at Senior Homes Competition - Five Years Running

The Conversation Project Sparks End of Life Care Talk - April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
The Conversation Project Sparks End of Life Care Talk - April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Nursing Home Quality – Assisted Living Quality – Person Centered Care – Culture Change in Healthcare – Nursing Home Culture Change
There are many quality initiatives being pursued in the aging services sector. Many overlap. Often you will see many of the same quality organizations in long-term care and aging services cooperating on these initiatives. Sometimes there are separate initiatives being pursued. Being versed in the healthcare players can jump start your education around quality and aging services.

Nursing Home Quality – Assisted Living Quality – Person Centered Care – Culture Change in Healthcare – Nursing Home Culture Change
There are many quality initiatives being pursued in the aging services sector. Many overlap. Often you will see many of the same quality organizations in long-term care and aging services cooperating on these initiatives. Sometimes there are separate initiatives being pursued. Being versed in the healthcare players can jump start your education around quality and aging services. Page 2.

3 Things to Create a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Elders
The number of LGBT seniors is growing. What does an organization need to do to become a place where LGBT adults can feel at home? Find out in this article.

May Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explore commemorate Mother's Day.

May Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explore commemorate the Kentucky Derby and Linbergh's Flight.

May Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Cinco de Mayo.

May Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Memorial Day.

Navigating Racial and Cultural Differences in Home Health Care
Find out how to overcome cultural and racial differences in home health care. Hint. It starts with communication.

Resident Activities for May, Part One
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Memorial Day.

Guest Writer: Marki Flannery
Meet our newest guest contributor on home health issues, Marke Flannery.

Home Health Care - Navigating Racial and Cultural Differences
Find out how to overcome cultural and racial differences in home health care. Hint. It starts with communication.

Resident Activities for May, Part Three
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Cinco de Mayo.

Resident Activities for May, Part Two
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Memorial Day, flag flying and Betsy Ross.

Resident Activities for May, Part Five
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explore commemorate Mother's Day.

Resident Activities for May, Part Four
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explore commemorate the Kentucky Derby and Linbergh's Flight.

May Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
May activities for nursing homes and assisted living explores Memorial Day, flag flying and Betsy Ross.

Medi Medi Patients Have Fewer Rehospitalizations from Nursing Homes Vs. Community Settings
Medi Medi Patients Have Fewer Rehospitalizations from Nursing Homes Vs. Community Settings

The Activity Professional - The Right Career for You?
Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you like a job that requires flexibility, ongoing learning, organization, communication skills and openness to new experiences? Then a career as an activity professional may be for you!

Becoming a DON for a Skilled Nursing Facility
The Director of Nursing Services (DON) works in concert with the Administrator and directs the Nursing Department to maintain quality standards of care in accordance with Federal, State and facility standards, guidelines and regulations.

Nursing Homes and the Flu
There is no worse place to introduce a flu epidemic than in a health care setting. And nursing homes and the flu could be a deadly combination. Here are things to keep in mind for preventing and/or containing the spread of flu in your facility.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Patients Have Better Outcomes Industry Sponsored Study Claims
Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Patients Have Better Outcomes Industry Sponsored Study Claims

Help with Hydration
Improving hydration for assisted living residents may not always be an easy task. Finding fun, innovative ways to engage residents will lead to success.

New Report Shows Other Side of Consistent Assignment - Isolated and Overburdened Staff
New Report Shows Other Side of Consistent Assignment - Isolated and Overburdened Staff

April Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living - Baseball
April activities for assisted living explores baseball.

Resident Activities for April, Part 5
April activities for assisted living explores baseball.

Resident Activities for April, Part 4
April activities for assisted living explores April Fools Day.

April Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living - April Fools
April activities for assisted living explores April Fools Day.

Resident Activities for April, Part 3
April activities for assisted living explore rainbows, Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz.

April Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
April activities for assisted living explore rainbows, Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz.

Activities for April
April activities for assisted living explore our youth-obsessed culture and why we have April Showers.

Resident Activities for April, Part 2
April activities for assisted living explore rain themes, trivia, song and activities.

April Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
April activities for assisted living explore rain themes, trivia, song and activities.

April Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
April activities for assisted living explore our youth-obsessed culture and why we have April Showers.

How Mobile Printers Improve Care and Compliance in Home Healthcare
Mobile Printers Improve Care and Compliance in Home Healthcare. They are an essential tool in assisting mobile healthcare professionals in their efforts to meet an increasing number of compliance mandates.

How Mobile Printers Improve Care and Compliance in Home Healthcare
Mobile Printers Improve Care and Compliance in Home Healthcare. They are an essential tool in assisting mobile healthcare professionals in their efforts to meet an increasing number of compliance mandates.

Our newest guest writer, Jenny Overly, MS, RD, Unidine
Jenny Overly of Unidine Corporation is an about.com assisted living contributor in the area of elder dietary issues.

July Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 3
Here are ideas for July activity programming. In this article we explore some quirky remembrance days.

July Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 4
Here are ideas for July activity programming. In this article we explore famous birthdays and anniversaries.

July Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 2
Here are ideas for July activity programming. In this article we explore themes related summer food and drink.

July Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 1
Here are ideas for July activity programming. In this article we explore themes related to the sea and shore.

Tele-Dentistry Solutions for Rural Facilities
We have written about telemedicine solutions before. Here is a new twist. Teledentistry. Read on and see how you can use this solution in your facility.

Certificate of Need
If you are considering opening or buying a care facility, you need to understand what a certificate of need is and whether you need one in your state.

Buying a Nursing Home
Buying a nursing home is a big step and can rewarding. Here are some basic considerations to keep in mind when considering the purchase of care home.

Home Instead Continues to Innovate Joining The Global CEO Initiative (CEOi) on Alzheimer's Disease
Home Instead Continues to Innovate Joining The Global CEO Initiative (CEOi) on Alzheimer's Disease

Resident Activities for March, Part 3
Let's take a look at some additional activities for the month of March. What ever happened to that Unicorn anyway?

Resident Activities for March, Part 2
Let's take a look at some additional activities for the month of March. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.

Resident Activities for March
Let's take a look at some activities for the month of March.

Guest Writer: Nicole Fonovich, M.Ed.
Guest Writer Nicole Fonovich, M.Ed. is a tech-savvy mom blazing a new trail in children's publishing.

Tips for Children Visiting Nursing Homes
Do your residents have young grandchildren or great grandchildren who want to visit them? Here are six tips for helping your child get through their first visit.

Tips for Children Visiting Nursing Homes
Do your residents have young grandchildren or great grandchildren who want to visit them? Here are six tips for helping your child get through their first visit.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Unveils New Web Resource for Providers
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Unveils New Web Resource for Providers

Caring for Christian Residents - Religion and the Nursing Home - Religion and Assisted Living
How can the activity director help residents continue the spiritual side of their life? Let's find out in this article.

Using Scouts in Your Activities - Eagle Scout Project Puts Flowers Outside Every Resident's Room
An Eagle Scout Project results in flower boxes outside of every resident's window. How cool is that?

Culture Change in Long-Term Care - Pseudo Culture Change
Culture change in long term care is about real relationships with those we serve and with each other. Pets, plants, and using the culture change language are not the equivalent of culture change in a long term care facility.

Event Marketing Assisted Living - Move-In Incentives
The majority of visitors come to your website and leave. What if you were able to get back in front of those visitors after they leave? This is entirely possible by using re-marketing with Google Adwords.

Using Puzzles to Engage Dementia Patients
How do you awaken a dementia patient into participation? By working one-on-one and building up their skills. In this case an activity director used puzzles to make the pieces fit.

Actions Steps for Pain Management in Older Adults
Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults. Pain in aging adults has historically been poorly reported, recognized and managed. Let's take some actions steps.

Pain Management in Older Adults
Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults. Pain in aging adults has historically been poorly reported, recognized and managed. In this article let's set the stage.

Activity Ideas from Around the World
Ukgericative is a website from the United Kingdom that offers a variety of ideas from how to make a Halloween orange to programing special events such as a Teddy Bear Picnic.

testimonial - word of mouth marketing - social media - sales - marketing
The economy is driven on word of mouth. People seek out referrals all the time from friends, families, neighbors. The referral is a story and if it is a good story, that is one that results in business, well than it is a testimonial waiting to happen. Testimonials are the life-blood of the healthcare business. Often emotional, they attract attention and can be used to obtain more business.

net promoter score - will you recommend - long term care sales and marketing - NPS - assisted living sales
A Net Promoter Score (NPS) is based on the perspective that every company's customers can be divided into three categories: Promoters, Passives, and Detractors. By asking one simple question — How likely is it that you would recommend [Company X] to a friend or colleague? — you can track these groups and get a clear measure of your company's performance through its customers' eyes.

Guest Writer: Nicole Fonovich, M.Ed.
Guest Writer Nicole Fonovich, M.Ed. is a tech-savvy mom blazing a new trail in children's publishing.

June Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 4
Here are ideas for June activity programming. June is a big month for baseball.

June Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Here are ideas for June activity programming. With Cole Porter's birthday we ask, does anything go?

June Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 3
Here are ideas for June activity programming. In this third article we explore summertime.

June Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living, Part 2
Here are ideas for June activity programming. In this second article we explore Flag Day.

Guest Writer: Ravi Panjwani
Guest Writer Ravi Panjwani writes about mobile technology solutions that improve care and compliance in settings across the long term care continuum.

Starting an Adult Medical Day Center
Adult medical day services may be a good health care solution for your community. In this article, we look at how to start an adult medical day care center.

Be a Caregiver and Still Have a Life
Caregiver health is an important issue. Can you be a caregiver and still have a life? Yes. You can take care of yourself while helping a loved one.

Becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Residential living communities for seniors share more than an aging population. Each has a unique responsibility to provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is a unique individual specially-trained to administer an effective activities program.

Nursing Home Environmental Services
Environmental services in long-term care across all settings is more than just keeping a clean and safe environment. It is also about providing a home to residents. The greatest challenge a long-term care environmental services team faces is embracing the psychological and emotional toll residential care puts on the residents and their families.

Cultural Sensitivity in Nursing Homes - Major Issues
Alleged incidents of abuse, neglect and mistreatment among different races, classes and religious groups in long-term care facilities has been reported. Being aware of cultural differences and knowing that they can impact care delivery is important. And the development of culturally sensitive programs can help bridge differences, positively impact care and lead to increased resident, family and employee satisfaction.

Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a misunderstood service most often associated with death and dying. In reality, palliative can give people a longer quality of life during any stage of life. It is specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of that illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Tips for Children Visiting Nursing Homes
Do your residents have young grandchildren or great grandchildren who want to visit them? Here are six tips for helping your child get through their first visit.

How to Start a Gardening Club
Want to know how to start a gardening club? Local growers can help you set up and maintain them.

Activities for March, Part 2
Let's continue to take a look at some activities for the month of March.

March Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
March activities for assisted living includes some interesting trivia around the name Kathleen and by the way whatever happened to those Unicorns?

ReAct Addresses Caregiving in the Workplace
ReAct is a coalition dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by employee caregivers and reducing the impact on the companies that employ them.

Holistic Approaches to Dementia Care
Memory Magz® and Memory Mealz™ specialize in holistic approaches to dementia care. It recognizes four pillars: Environmental, Communication, Nutritional & Engaging Activity.

Health Care Lobbying
Politics is always a hot topic and no more so than in the health care arena. Being versed in health care advocacy and the basics of advocacy and lobbying are good skills to acquire and can be good for your business.

MDS 3.0 Cognitive Patterns in Nursing Home Residents
The level of cognitive ability among nursing home residents helps determine a proper care plan and therefore contributes to their quality of care and quality of life. In the past understanding cognitive patterns was done by simply observing residents and making notes of what was observed. Much has changed under MDS 3.0.

MDS 3.0 Pain Management
Pain can cause suffering for nursing home residents and can result in inactivity, social withdrawal, depression, and functional decline. That is why effective pain management is so important in improving the quality of life for residents. MDS 3.0 regulations around pain management seek to assess the presence of pain, pain frequency, effect on function, intensity, management and control.

Adult Day Care Center Design
Adult day services design, environment and safety issues are paramount to quality of life for residents. We look at these issues in our continuing series of certification requirements for adult day services.

Activities for March
Let's take a look at some activities for the month of March.

Conduct a Marketing Audit
Whether you are an organization of 5,000 or 5, marketing will be the key to success. Yet many organizations do not know where to begin. And even organizations with highly-skilled marketing departments may not have their priorities in place. A marketing audit could be the most valuable investment you make in your company.

MDS 3.0 What You Need to Know
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) tool for care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. MDS 3.0 was introduced in the fall of 2010. This article provides an overview.

Flu and Nursing Home Residents
The flu is a nasty bugger. The elderly in particular are a high risk group for the flu. The beehive of activity around your business lends itself to the spread of germs and viruses.

Flu Symptoms in the Elderly
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly. It is important to know what to look for in residents/clients, staff and yourself!

Assisted Living Sales - Selling Assisted Living - Choosing Assisted Living - Assisted Living Marketing
Lori Juneau-Alford is... Assisted Living.

Guest Writer Mary Cramer, RN, Phd - gerontological nursing certification
Mary Cramer, RN, PhD, FAAN is a professor at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Nursing. She was co-lead on the Midwest Partners for Geriatric Nursing Quality Improvement project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and 15 Midwestern business partners, including Vetter Health Service, project co-lead.

Guest Writer Kathy Bradway - healthcare design - assisted living design
Kathy is an interior designer best described as a innovator/visionary. For the past 5 years she has seen the need for more color and inspiration in senior living design and hospice design. Thus she has devoted her efforts and her company’s direction to bring about positive changes in senior living environments.

Guest Writer Catherine Bevil, RN, EdD - Nursing Education, Long Term Nursing Education
Catherine Bevil, RN, EdD, is a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing and Director of Continuing Nursing Education.

Guest Writer Carrie Pauling
Carrie Pauling has worked as a freelance writer for more than 15 years, covering a variety of topics, from the library industry to senior care, functional design in office spaces, healthcare, and content for a number of websites, including those for a graphic design firm, law office, funeral home, Bucknell University and many others.

Word of Mouth Marketing
Many associate social media with word of mouth and while social media can amplify word of mouth it is not the only way to spread word of mouth. Let's look at some strategies.

Redefine, Rebuild and Rebrand Assisted Living
Changing attitudes and trends are slowly but surely shifting independent living to resemble assisted living, and assisted to resemble skilled nursing, forcing services to evolve from lifestyle to healthcare. In this blur of consumer confusion and negative press about long term care in general, you can use technology to effectively relaunch your marketing and rebuilding your brand.

The Cost of Incivility
Noted authors Pearson and Porath in their book

Happiness in the Workplace - Happiness Practice
Shawn Achor of Good Think, Inc. says that

Engage Consumers in Their Healthcare - Develop a Healthy Workforce
We have reported on trends showing how other segments of the healthcare community are moving to engage consumers and have them take more responsibility for their health. In this article we look at three over-arching principles. Most important, start with the health of your own workforce.

Great Ticket Turn In - Motivating Residents to Participate in Activities
The Great Ticket Turn-In brings awards residents throughout the year with tickets when they participate in programs. These tickets may be redeemed weekly for snacks, toiletries, etc. and can be used twice each year for The Great Ticket Turn-In.

Developing a Healthy Workforce - Workforce Health Strategies - Wellness Apps
Health should be viewed as a corporate asset. After all, a healthier employee is a more productive employee. With healthcare reform and the myriad of health system problems plaguing the country, companies must take health into their own hands. Here are some apps that help.

Long Term Care Commission Issues Recommendations
The Long-Term Care Commission issued its report of recommendations to fix long-term care services and supports. Read them here.

Activities Around Current Events - Current Event Activities - Nursing Home Activities
Knowing what is happening in the world is more important than ever for you as an activity director and for your residents. NewsCurrents Sr., a computer based news service was created by Judith Laitman. Check it out.

Word of Mouth Marketing Strategies
Word of mouth is your best marketing tool. And while it starts with a great patient/resident experience, you have some control on how positive word of mouth spreads. Learn how to do it right.

Alzheimer's Resources - Coping with Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s Speaks is an advocacy group that provides education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is the first radio show dedicated to dementia.

Traveling Arts Program for People with Dementia
PotentiALZ is a traveling creative arts program for residents with dementia.

Seniors and Technology
Staying connected is an increasingly important factor in aging well and aging safely.

Managing Merchant Services Accounts
Sometimes it’s just a blip on an administrator’s budget, a line item that lists the fees you pay on credit cards. A rounding error for some could be a huge savings for others. There are many nuances in paying by credit card that frankly most people have no interest in knowing. With growing high deductible health plans, paying buy credit card will increase. There is a growing niche of providers who can assist you in this area.

American Health Care Killed His Father, Becoming Part of the Healthcare Solution
David Goldhill is the author of “Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed my Father - and How We Can Fix It.” His book details how the healthcare system killed his father. He details myths of the healthcare system. Can we turn these myths into solutions?

Collaboration in Healthcare, Collaboration in Long-Term Care
Collaboration is driving change in the healthcare industry. In this article we look at some collaboration tools and tips.

Paying for Care - Streamlining Payment in Long Term Care
Citi recently rolled out a new mobile and web-based patient payment solution – Money2 SM for Health. The payment platform, which will bring together a network of insurance carriers and healthcare providers, will enable patients to go online or use their mobile devices to reconcile their healthcare bills, receive alerts when claims are ready to be viewed, pay amounts due and view past payments – all in one digital location.

custom canes - custom walkers - custom wheelchairs
It happened again this week. Mrs. Jones took Mrs. Smith’s walker, by mistake of course, but it still lead to unkind words. Shrinkins has a better solution for residents’ identifying instantly their walker and/or cane even in a crowded dining room or social gathering.

Guest Writer: L.P. Crawford
As a Fitness, Health, and Wellness Consultant and Healthcare Coach, L.P. has combined the studies of Fitness Maintenance, Naturopathy and Alternative Healing Methods with her Nursing Background, and has used these practices extensively in her personal life, and in working with clients. Check out her articles and consider her methods in your clinical practice.

Finding Good Entertainment for Senior Living Communities
Activity Directors are drawn to the field because they enjoy making seniors smile, but that doesn’t mean every day is fun and games. One of the challenges is meeting resident demands for “something different”. A new resource may make finding good entertainment for senior living communities easier.

Positive Stories About Aging - Educated Aging - Quality Aging
Martha Kessinger blog documents the ideas and the lives of ‘Super Seniors’ – the unseen heroes shining a light on the pluses of aging in the U.S.Check out

Guest Writer: Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN, GCM
Angil is a national eldercare expert, author, speaker and consultant with over 30 years experience in geriatric care and advocacy, and is self described as “a nurse who loves old people.”

Hiring Home Care Staff, Retaining Home Care Staff
Long-Term care providers need to hire and retain the best and share what has worked with others. If not the industry will continue the cycle of turnover and replacement of workers.

Validation Techniques
Communication is one of the first casualties of dementia. Because dementia affects memory, people with dementia have difficulty following the thread of a conversation. “Reawakening” a person to the “real world” used to be the norm for caregivers. But newer studies have shown that these small corrections shatter that person's reality. This realization gave birth to a new form of communicating and dealing with people with dementia.

science for seniors
From time to time we like to brag about our guest authors. Gloria Hoffner has been a long-standing contributor in the area of activities. But if you ask her she really wanted to be an astronaut. Rejection from NASA did not deter her. She authored a book titled “Science for Seniors.

Integration of Hospice and Palliative Care / Hospice and Palliative Care
1.7 million people will receive hospice care in 2013. In 2011, 44.6% of all deaths in the U.S. were under the care of hospice. Palliative care, while used with hospice, is not just something administered near death. Read about the distinction.

Helping Residents with Dementia Re-connect with their Love of Reading
The magic of books is what Shadowbox Press brings to people living with dementia. The disease may eliminate the ability to understand complex dialog or even words, but through Shadowbox Press editions their joy of reading continues.

Bundled Payments, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement
As nursing homes and others look to become valued partners of hospitals through accountable care organizations, a new payment method will be evolving as well. A bundled payment has been introduced from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Email Marketing / Email Marketing for Senior Living
Email marketing is like Chinese water torture, in a good way. Or maybe it's like brewing coffee. Give your audience one delicious drip after another and you will capture their attention.

Online Research of Long Term Care / Be Social /
There are numerous good resources designed to educate the consumer on how to “shop” for an assisted living facility and the importance of an in-person visit. But what about prior research? The “pre-visit,” if you will. Here is our second article on the topic.

Earning Online CEUs for Activity Directors
Recreation Activity Resources offers educational services for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, and Activity Directors including an online and home study version of NCCAP-Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals 2nd Edition Courses (MEPAP I and II) and CTRAC version. Earning CEUs online is a great way for busy professionals to stay current in their education.

Reducing Noise in Nursing Homes
Excessive noise in healthcare facilities has often been cited as a patient experience priority. In nursing homes, noise can exacerbate dementia. It is important to control the noise pollution in your facility.

Activity Product That Promotes a Good Night's Sleep - Scents That Promote Sleep
Non-flame scented candles can help residents relax and enjoy a good nights sleep.

Make Your Marketing Mobile
For those in the senior care industry, direct mail is a tried-and-true method of reaching potential residents. But as more and more people take to their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, it has become more important for providers to explore campaigns that combine the power of traditional direct mail methods and digital marketing output. It's time to make your marketing mobile.

word of mouth marketing - word of mouth and social media - online and offline word of mouth
Word of mouth is the most important marketing tool that you have. In its ultimate state, word of mouth is one person telling another about the great experience they had with your organization. The testimonial is your ultimate complement. And the ultimate measurement of the effectiveness of your word of mouth is something called a Net Promoter Score. Few examine the relationship of the experience of care to word of mouth.

Taking a Nursing Home Tour
It’s time to take a tour of the nursing home or assisted living facility you are considering. We’ve broken this into two articles to make it manageable.

Guest author Gloria Hoffner
Gloria Hoffner is the owner of Guitar with Gloria and Science for Seniors providing activity programs at over 200 retirement communities.

culture change - mds 3.0 - nursing home leadership - Healthcare Quality Improvement – Healthcare Quality – Quality Heathcare – Patient Experience
Frosini is the founder of TrainingInMotion.org providing training workshops for long-term care professionals.

Guest Writer Susan Berry
Susan Berry is a Senior Consultant with CMS Compliance Group, Inc. (CMSCG).

Choosing a Geriatric Care Manager
When choosing care for mom or dad and eventually yourself, it is often hard to know where to start and how to evaluate your care choices. You might want to start with a Care Management Service.

Taking a Nursing Home Tour, Touring an Assisted Living Home
It’s time to take a tour of the nursing home or assisted living facility you are considering. Here is the second of two articles.

The Dementia Initiative
The Dementia Initiative is a national effort that includes a wide array of dementia care experts from across the U.S. representing the practice, policy and research sectors. Their seminal white paper, “Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm,” frames consensus values, practices and recommendations for person-centered dementia care.

SureWash Hand Hygiene Solution
SureWash was developed over five years in Trinity College Dublin. It makes hand hygiene training and compliance much less labor intensive by combining an e-learning system with patented video measurement technology.

Nursing Home Quality in Maine
Maine nursing homes are ranked among those having the best quality of care and lowest survey deficiencies in the country. What sets Maine apart?

Phil DuBois, Guest Author
Phil DuBois is a former nursing home administrator who actually became a patient in his own facility. His perspective on care is invaluable to about.com readers.

hospital readmissions - preventing hospital admissions - preventing hospitalization
At a World Health Congress, a new look at the readmission issue was provided by Gregg Allen, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Norman Scarborough, MD, Vice President and Senior Medical Director, MedSolutions. Intervention before hospitalization can be key. Care coaches are critical.

Person Centered Activities - Activity F Tag
Person centered is more than a buzz word. It’s a CMS mandate. But what does it mean to be person centered in your activities? Take a look.

Therapeutic Touch - Therapeutic Touch for Patients
Many studies have shown that Therapeutic Touch provides significant physical, mental, and psychological benefits for Nursing Home Residents. Yet these therapies are often not applied in clinical settings.

mds 3.0 - nursing home quality - RUGS -
Barbara Frank helps make nursing homes better places to live and work. She combines quality improvement, workplace stability, and individualized care strategies to achieve positive outcomes for residents, staff and organizations.

Guest Author and MDS Expert Linda Elizaitis
Linda Elizaitis is the President of CMS Compliance Group, Inc. (CMSCG)and provides compliance services to nursing homes and other skilled nursing providers.

Guest Author - Gabriela Delworth
Gabriela is a Product Designer & Certified Adults Instructor. With over ten years of experience in the creative industry she loves thinking outside the box designing and developing high-end products for arts & crafts manufacturers such as: Ilovetocreate and Decoart.

Guest Author and MDS Expert Keith Reilly
Keith Reilly is a Senior Consultant with CMS Compliance Group, Inc. (CMSCG). CMSCG provides a full suite of proactive and reactionary compliance services to nursing homes and other skilled nursing providers.

Guest Write: Michael Pavone
Michael Pavone is President & CEO of Varsity, a full-service marketing communications agency.

MDS 3.0 Discharge Planning
Increasing efforts have been taking place in all states over several years to enhance resources, services, and supports available in the community to address the rights of all individuals to have their care preferences and needs met in the least restrictive environment and most integrated setting. Effective discharge planning can facilitate better care.

How Boy and Girl Scout Troops Can Enhance Your Activities
Scouts can be a vital component in your activities programming. They are always looking for community projects and can be a help with clean-ups, gardening, building bird houses and so much more. Scouts can read to residents, demonstrate crafts and teach songs.

Choosing Assisted Living - Transparency in Assisted Living
How do people shop today? They want objective reviews, open and honest information (and lots of it), and immediate access to everything about your business. Consumer, in short want transparency.

Who Moved My Dentures? / Books to Help Choose Nursing and Assisted Living
Anthony Cirillo, your guide to assisted living is also the author of the book, Who Moved My Dentures? that dispels myths about aging and long term care. Use it as a marketing tool for your organization.

Online Research of Long Term Care
There are numerous good resources designed to educate the consumer on how to “shop” for an assisted living facility and the importance of an in-person visit. But what about prior research? The “pre-visit,” if you will.

Guest Author Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams is the President of SeniorMarketing.com. SeniorMarketing.com helps senior living communities and senior care companies across the country in three ways. We increase occupancy and profits, increase customer value, and improve marketing efficiency through tracking and technology.

Implementing a No Walk Strategy in Assisted Living Sales
Many sales phone calls made by senior living communities leave money on the table. In this article, the importance of having a no walk strategy will be explored. Don't let the customer walk for any reason.

Sports Activities for Men in Assisted Living
Sports is a vital part of many men’s lives. The love doesn’t end as they age or when they enter long term care communities. However, men are most often outnumbered by the women in retirement facilities and poor health keeps them from hitting one out of the park. So what to do. Bring the sports to them.

physical therapist - becoming a physical therapist - nursing home jobs - jobs in elder care
Physical therapists careers are expected to grow much faster than average and job opportunities are good. More and more nursing homes are employing physical therapists as the industry embraces the rehabilitation business. In terms of hiring and staffing, this is a profession in demand.

occupational therapist - becoming an occupational therapist - nursing home jobs - jobs in elder care
Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. The outlook is bright. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average, and job opportunities should be good.

Enhancing the Dining Experience in Long Term Care - Serving Food in a Care Home
Home Instead Senior Care conducted a survey regarding the mealtime and nutritional habits of elders living alone. The findings have implications for long-term care facilities.

Using Volunteer Bands in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Activities
Volunteer bands are growing in the country and activity directors can should incorporate them into their programs.

Technology Classes for Seniors
Project Looking Glass II, an effort that placed a researcher in a retirement community for one month, uncovered some interesting findings on technology’s importance and intimidation factors for seniors.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam Overview
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam, Environment
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination. This article looks at the fourth area of testing - Environmental Services.