Senior Care Sitemap - Page 2 2015-11-28

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.

Getting Seniors Online
Getting Seniors Online-Claris One Connects Family Members with Aging Relatives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medicaid Claim Processing Best Practices
Let's face it. Claims processing is a pain! But if you are diligent in submission and tracking, you stand a better chance of getting paid on time. Let's look at some best practices in filing.

MDS 3.0 Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. MDS 3.0 falls guidelines look to help providers minimize fall risk while treating fall injuries with the goal of achieving the best quality of life for residents.

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.

Music Programs in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
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. Let’s look at some of the science and the implication for activity directors. Let's find out how incorporate music into your activities.

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.

Filing a Claim with Medicaid
This article covers how to become a Medicaid provider and file a claim with Medicaid.

Nursing Home Satisfaction - Measuring Nursing Home Satisfaction
With so much emphasis on quality and satisfaction in healthcare, nursing homes have begun to measure their performance. My InnerView is a company that provides senior care leaders evidence-based management tools. While this article is not an endorsement, it remains that My InnerView has a handle on industry effectiveness more so than any other entity. In this article we will look at their latest report on the industry, the National Survey of Consumer and Workforce Satisfaction in Nursing Homes.

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.