Senior Care Sitemap - Page 2 2016-02-12

Accountable Care Organizations
Health reform provisions call for the creation of accountable care organizations. Yet there definition is not set. There are some models for accountable care organizations in the marketplace. This looks at some.

New Year's Resolutions for Seniors
New Year's Resolutions for Seniors-Why You Need Them. Suggestions to Start.

Enhance the In-Home Patient Experience
Enhance the In-Home Patient Experience-Seven Things To Do

Disaster Prep
Disaster Prep in Long Term Care. Assisted Living.

Environmental Services in LTC
Environmental Services in LTC. Assisted Living.

Nursing Home Design
Nursing Home Design. Assisted Living.

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.

Reducing Readmissions
This tab is devoted to the important issue of hospital readmissions.

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.

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.

Associations in LTC
Associations in LTC. Assisted Living.

Unionization in Long Term Care. Assisted Living.

Business Basics
Some of the basic information you need for running a long term care business.

Resident and Patient Experience
This category will catalog articles related to creating better care experiences for staff and for patients/residents/clients.

Culture Sensitivity in Long-Term Care
As the population ages and needs elder care services, age does not discriminate. Black, white, gay, straight - everyone will age and need care.

Medicare and Medicaid
Information for navigating the government health care system.

Recovery Audit Contractors. Assisted Living.

Quality Initiatives
Quality Initiatives in Long Term Care

Assisted Living Surveying
Assisted Living Surveying

Regulations by State
Regulations by State. Assisted Living.

Controlling the Flu
The flu is a nasty bugger. The elderly in particular are a high risk group for the flu. Whether you are operating a skilled nursing facility, adult medical day care or home health business, the beehive of activity around these businesses lends itself to the spread of germs and viruses. With visitors, vendors, health professionals, staff all flying around so are the germs and the chance of infection.

Senior Care
Senior Care. Assisted Living.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Learn best practices in running successful continuing care retirement communities.

Outside Resources
Outside Resources. Assisted Living.

Activity Professional
Becoming an Activity Professional

Geriatric Nursing
Careers in Geriatric Nursing. Assisted Living.

Certified Nursing Assistant
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.

DME. Assisted Living.

Definitions in Assisted Living

Assisted Living Organizations
Each care provider in aging services has its own set of regulations and standards. Assisted living specific information that can not otherwise be covered in the general categories for this site are covered here.

OT/PT Careers
OT/PT Careers. Assisted Living.

Staff Retention
This sub-category contains articles focused on employee engagement and retention.

Geriatric Care Manager
The role of the geriatric care manager.

Nursing Home Administrator
This category details the role and requirements for becoming a nursing home administrator.

Career Ladders
Career Ladders in Long Term Care

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.

Healthcare Lobbying
Politics is always a hot topic and no more so than in the healthcare 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. Contacting legislators, working with the media, tracking legislation are important to learn if you want your voice to be heard.

Navigating Regulations
In addition to government and state bodies, businesses across the aging services sector are governed by different laws and regulations. Keep up to date on those laws and regulations here as well as how to plan and respond to them.

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.

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.

Filing a Claim with Medicare / Medicaid
Filing a Claim with Medicare / Medicaid

Medicaid Claims and Codes
This category contains information that will help you correctly file Medicaid claims with your state.

Information for Consumers for Choosing Long Term Care Services
This tab contains consumer information that will help caregivers take better care of themselves while finding the right care for loved ones.

Abuse and Neglect
Perceived and actual abuse of clients is an industry issue. Find information to prevent, identify and deal with abusive staff.

Communicating with Patients and Families
One of the biggest breakdowns in the health care field is the not-so-simple issue of communications. The complexity of health care and the lighting speed at which it moves often causes vital communication breakdowns that can impact care as well as the reputation of the care provider. Find up-to-date information and best practices dealing with communicating with families, caregivers, patients, residents and clients here.

Healthcare Trends
This category will look at aging trends and demographics.

Care Partners
Care providers do not operate in a vacuum. And with healthcare reform, working together with other care providers for the health of the client will be rewarded. Topics covered here include how to partner with other providers, which providers are best to partner with for your business, when to partner, mergers and acquisition and other best practices for working with other care providers and those that direct the care of patients, residents and clients.

Adult Day Care Centers – Medical Day Care – Elderly Day Care – Senior Day Care – Aging in Place
As society moves away from institutionalized care to home based care and aging in place, the vital role that adult day services play will grow. Now is the time to consider this as a viable business option.

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.

Hiring Help
Family caregivers cannot do everything themselves. In this category we will look at how to hire the right help for your needs and those of your loved one.

This category will house articles related to tele-medicine, tele-monitoring, tele-visits, etc.

Alzheimer's Disease: Caregivers Must Create a New Lense
Alzheimer's Disease: Beyond Fear. Explore the possibilities and opportunities for creative expression, expansion of spirit, flourishing of relationships, the sharing of hope and joy.

News from the AHCA/NCAL Organization
News from the AHCA/NCAL Organization

Game that Improve Cognitive Function
This category contains games activity professionals can utilize to improve cognitive function and social interaction.

activities in nursing homes - music and memories - customized ipod playlists for elders
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolutionizing Activities

Hospice Care
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.

Home Health Care - Home Health - Aging in Place - Home Health Services - Home Health Nursing - Home Health Jobs - Home Health Certification
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home care began in the US in the 1880’s. Approximately 12 million individuals currently receive care from more than 33,000 providers. In 2009, annual expenditures for home health care were projected to be $72.2 billion. With a continued emphasis on aging in place, home care will continue to have its place in the aging continuum but it is not without its challenges.

Team Care Improves Health According to New Survey
Teamwork and the key services of a patient-centered medical home can improve older adults' health, according to

Integrated Alarm Monitoring & Mass Notification Allows Command and Control on the Go
Integrated Alarm Monitoring & Mass Notification Allows Command and Control on the Go

Preventing Falls
This category will contain articles that will help providers implement strategies to mitigate the risk of falling among the populations they serve.

Marketing and Sales
No matter how good your business is it will not be successful if people do not know about it. Marketing and sales is crucial to your organization's success. This is your source for information to grow your business. All aspects of marketing and sales for businesses in the aging services sector from strategic marketing to tactical implementation can be found here.

Information for Consumers on Choosing and Evaluating Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Care and Other Long Term Care Services and Supports
This tab is devoted to helping consumers navigate the often confusing maze of long term care services and supports. We have included information on how to choose and evaluate nursing homes, assisted living, home health, adult day and other services; locate services; pay for care; and locate resources for caregivers can be found here.

September Activity Article Hub
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living.

Other Care Providers
Each care provider in aging services has its own set of regulations and standards. Home health care, hospice care, adult day care, adult medical day care, rehabilitation services, geriatric care management, elder community services, non-medical home care, and other elder care businesses will be the focus of the information found here.

International Models
Articles in this category will explore international models of care that could be worth emulating in the U.S.

Five Things That Providers and Patients Should Question
Five Things That Providers and Patients Should Question-AGS “Choosing Wisely” Expands

Preventing Falls
Preventing Falls-NIH, PCORI Announce Major Award

China Healthcare Model Uses Community Based Care to Treat Seniors
China Healthcare Model Uses Community Based Care to Treat Seniors

Designing for Senior Living-Rejuvenating Spaces with Color
Designing for Senior Living-Rejuvenating Spaces with Color

Training, Certification, Accreditation
Keeping you staff up-to-date on the latest processes, trends and rules provides a competitive edge to businesses as well as keeping them compliant. Also learn about certifications and accreditations both mandated and otherwise that can give you a competitive edge, improve care and help with your marketing efforts.

Home Health Aides:
Home Health Aides-The Front Lines of the Future

Quality Winners to Emulate-AHCA Releases Award Winners
Quality Winners to Emulate-AHCA Releases Award Winners

Activity Programming for July - Article Hub
From the seashore to summer foods to quirky remembrance days to famous birthdays and anniversaries, we have a little bit of something for everyone and the activities associated with each.

Training and Education in Home Health
Training to overcome cultural and racial differences is key to providing person centered care in all health care settings.

Caring for Clients
Caring for patients across the spectrum of aging services can be rewarding, fulfilling and complicated. Look here for information that will help you provide the best care for your clients with particular attention to quality of life issues. As called for, links to healthcare experts and medical advice will be provided.

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.

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

This category will catalog news and information about payment mechanisms.

Resources for Activity Professionals
Resources for Activity Directors

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Economic Impact Long-Term Care
A report by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows that the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes provide $153.8 billion of direct economic impact to state economic activity (1.1%) and $371.9 billion of total impact (2.7%) to state economic activity. Clearly the economic impact of long-term care is large.

Adopting Sustainable Practices in Your Assisted Living Facility
Small steps towards sustainability can make an impact--both in the amount of resources your facility uses, to the overall well being and goodwill from the residents.

Healthcare Workers – Healthcare Jobs – Healthcare Recruitment – Healthcare Careers
One of the fastest growing segments of the economy is healthcare and within that aging services. One of the problems facing the industry is that many people look at positions in the industry as jobs not careers. The industry is seeking to change that mentality. Here we will link you to important information about career positions and related training and certification. And we will help organizations with timely articles about recruitment, training, workforce satisfaction, rewards and recognitions and more.

Adult Day Care Center Staffing
In our continuing series on Adult Day Services, we devote this article to staffing. Here are some considerations. All employees and volunteers must have a background check. Each staff person and volunteer must be competent and qualified for the position held. Staff must hold personal information about participants and their families in confidence, treating all participants with respect and dignity. Let’s look at the requirements.

Medicaid Terms
Here is a continuation of a glossary of medicaid terms usual for businesses interacting with state programs. Become familiar with them.

Activities for Seniors
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in aging services no matter what the setting. 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.

gloria hoffner - activity professionals - activities for seniors - activities in nursing homes
Gloria Hoffner is the owner of Guitar with Gloria and Science for Seniors providing activity programs at over 200 retirement communities.

Aging in Place – Universal Design – National Home Builders Association – Ageing in Place
Aging in place is the ability to live in one's own home for as long as confidently and comfortably possible. One of the keys to successful aging in place is to remodel the home to accommodate that. That has spawned a lucrative aging in place home remodeling and design industry.