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Activities for November
Ideas for activity professionals in long-term care, assisted living, nursing homes. Activities for November-Let's Go Downtown to the Macy's Parade

Nursing Homes and the Flu
Here are things to keep in mind for preventing and/or containing the spread of flu in your fnursing home, assisted living or retirement community.

Flu Symptoms in the Elderly
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Read about Flu Symptoms in the Elderly.

Capturing Life Stories of Elders
Capturing Life Stories of Elders. The holidays are a perfect time to learn more about your older loved ones and to preserve their legacy.

Let It Snow-December Activities for SNF and Assisted Living
Let It Snow-December Activities for SNF and Assisted Living

The Origins of Christmas and Hanukkah
Origins of Christmas and Hanukkah-Activities for December for SNF and Asst Living

Origins of Santa Claus-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Origins of Santa Claus-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

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

Christmas Myths and Facts-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Christmas Myths and Facts-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

The Legend of Bing and White Christmas-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
The Legend of Bing and White Christmas-Activities for December for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

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

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

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.

New Anti-Pychotic Measure Suggested by Researchers
New Anti-Pychotic Measure Suggested by Researchers. Researchers found that nearly 52% of residents receiving an APM lack indications approved by CMS/FDA guidelines compared with 85% for the current CMS quality measure, suggesting that the current quality measure alone is not sufficient.

Antipsychotic Reduction Meets CMS 15% Goal
Antipsychotic Reduction. Over 18 months, the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay NH residents was reduced by 15.1% and every CMS region showed some improvement.

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

September Activities, Part 5
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living. Let's dance and party.

September Activities, Part 4
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living. Let's do some California Dreaming!

September Activities, Part 7
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living. Autumn Leaves.

September Activities, Part 6
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in SNF/assisted living. Songs with September, Summer Romance, Reminiscing.

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.

Seniors at the Symphony
Seniors at the Symphony-Award Winning Program Pairs American House Senior Living & Detroit Symphony

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.

Lead Prospecting
Lead Prospecting-New Approaches Pay Off for One Provider

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.

Nothin Befriends Like a Mutt
Memory Mutts One-of-a-Kind Stuffed Dogs Hold Special Meaning to Recipients

Activities for August, Part 4
August activities for nursing homes and assisted living. Part Four - Of Cadillacs and Colorado

Activities for September, Part 3
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors. Shake Those Hips and remember Elvis's Ed Sullivan debut.

People with Dementia More Likely to be Rehospitalized
People with Dementia More Likely to be Rehospitalized - > Risk w Antipsychotics

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

Consortium Advances Geriatrics Education
Consortium Advances Geriatrics Education- 21 Academic Programs in 14 States

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

Coping With Dementia or Alzheimer's at Home:
Coping With Dementia or Alzheimer's at Home: A Checklist for Daily Rituals

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.

Six Strategies Tie Caregiving and Technology Together
Six Strategies from National Alliance for Caregiving Link Caregiving and Technology

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

Activities for the Month of August
August activities for nursing homes and assisted living. Here is a six part series of articles that can jump-start your program.

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.

hospice marketing - hospice - five wishes - advance directives - living wills - five questions
With hospice under scrutiny, it is hard to market these services. Especially since most people don't want to have the conversation around death and dying of a loved one. There is a broader way to approach the subject. Start a broader campaign that people can embrace and which starts the conversation around end of life issues.

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.

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

Resources for Activity Professionals
Resources for Activity Directors

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluating Long Term Care Staff - Performance Reviews in Long Term Care
Employee evaluations are deadly. Deadly because they often ask the wrong questions. Were you absent? How often were you tardy? How often was your documentation late or missing? When was the last time you saw an evaluation form that said: I saw you take a resident outside on a sunny day ____ many times this year. I saw you bring a smile to a resident's face ____ many times this year. Perhaps evaluating from the heart and not the head is in order. See how one administrator did it in his facility.

Unique Dementia Product - Busy Bee Lap Pad
One of the most difficult challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is the person’s withdraw from favorite activities. Christy Schmid faced this problem with long time family friend Bernice. She realized Bernice didn’t need just any ‘childish busy work’ but rather something that gave her the internal feeling of completing a task. To meet Bernice’s needs, through research, and lots of trial and error, Schmid created The Busy Bee Lap Pad.

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.

Design Strategies for Memory Care
There are many old stereotypes when it comes to memory care design. While respecting the research that deals with colors, patterns, sights and sounds, you can use bold design to enrich the lives of residents.

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.

The Nursing Home of the Future
While the desire for most people is to age in place, you don’t need to dig far to find the crippling health statistics that suggest people will need nursing homes and assisted living homes. Designing the home of the future with a focus on person-centered care will be crucial. Future residents will demand a different model.

Art Therapy for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Residentds
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. One innovative program brings a professional artist and all the needed supplies to help residents of all skill levels, beginners to professionals, and all cognitive levels, independent through dementia, express their talents.

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.

Assisted Living Satisfaction
The first national survey measuring the assisted living satisfaction of residents, family and staff of assisted living facilities concludes that when it comes to assisted living satisfaction, residents seem very happy while workers are less so. The latter impacts the former. But overall things are looking good for the industry.

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.

Hand Hygiene in Nursing Homes – Infection Control
Hand hygiene and good infection control practices in nursing homes and other care settings can go a long way in helping contain germs and disease.

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.