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Professional Whistler - Unusual Nursing Home Activities
Incorporating music into your activities is important. Who would have thought professional whistling could be in the mix. Find out more.

Multi-Sensory Room in Nursing Homes
What is a sensory room and how can it help your residents? It is a dedicated space where an individual can experience a range of non-patterned visual, auditory, olfactory, vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile stimuli.

Patient Experience - Resident Experience - Person Centered Care
The patient and resident experience is all the buzz these days yet attempts at moving toward person centered care have, by and large, been unsuccessful. Let's find out why.

Stepping into the Caregiver Role
The first time a son or daughter becomes aware that mom or dad needs help is when they have a minor fender bender or get lost while driving. Other signs follow. So what do you do? How do you start to enter the world of caregiving? This is part one of two.

Paying for Long Term Care
The financing of long-term care can be confusing, expensive, and onerous. There are five ways to pay for care.

Living to Be 100 - Preparing Financially and Legally to Live a Long Life
Boomers following the advice given here at about.com and my sister blog (Who Moved My Dentures?) might actually start thinking that they are feeling good so mentally and physically that they could live to be 100!” Well yes you can. But are you prepared? Let’s look at some tips providers can offer their communities and individuals can follow for their own well-being.

Resources for Caregivers, Stepping into the Caregiver Role
In our first article in this two-part series we looked at how to ease into the caregiver role. We listed things to do but particularly focused on the health of the caregiver. Unless you reach out for help, caregiving can be wrought with problems. Let’s examine some resources.

Policies Around Sex in Nursing Homes
The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York is a benchmark organization when it comes to honoring resident preference among a sensitive topic - sex.

Sex in the Nursing Home
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.

Increasing Staff Engagement in Assisted Living
The importance of having all employees focused on the big picture helps those employees work better as a team and bring meaning to the work they do. In this article we’ll look at a few programs that practically show how to connect employees to the bigger picture.

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.

Evaluating a Nursing Home, Evaluating a Nursing Home Before You Tour
Before you visit a care home, you will still want to do your own homework in choosing a nursing home, assisted living or other provider of care. Consider the following steps.

Leadership Development in Assisted Living
With the shift to wellness in healthcare and the demands of a boomer generation for holistic care comes a need for next generation leaders. For the assisted living community, an internship program could be the answer.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam, Human Resources
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 first area of testing - Human Resources.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam, Finance
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 third area of testing - Finance.

Nursing Home Administrator Exam, Resident Centered Care and Quality of Life
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 first area of testing - Resident Centered Care and Quality of Life.

Guest Writer Aaron Murphy
Aaron D. Murphy is the owner of ADM Architecture and Managing Editor at www.EmpoweringTheMatureMind.com, a residential outreach program of ADM Architecture, which educates and empowers Baby Boomers and their families to take control of their decision making in the second half of life.

Nurse Call Systems Next Generation
Hospitals and long-term care facilities are legally bound by a set of standards that dictate the hardware and equipment available for patient care activities. First authored in 1974, UL 1069 represented state-of-the-art technology. Since 1974, UL 1069 has been updated; it is currently in its seventh edition. From a technology standpoint, however, even the most current edition of UL 1069 is not significantly different from prior editions and still outlines a system that relies heavily on traditional hardwired nurse call components. Starling®—a system developed by StarlingHealth with funding from the National Institutes of Health—utilizes relatively new technology and leverages data to enhance workflow efficiency and improve the patient experience.

Using teleconferencing to Enhance the Patient Experience -
The convenience and immediacy of videoconferencing is infiltrating healthcare as a value-added service and as long as patient's choices and services are not removed by the addition of technology, people will only continue to appreciate the possibilities.

Technology for Seniors, Aging in Place Technology, Consumer Electronics Show
Step out of your comfort zone and consider attending the Consumer Electronics Show, where a few hundreds dollars and some imagination can give you a glimpse into how technology will be helping to create better lives for elders.

Aging in Place / Design for Aging in Place
In this two part introductory article, we look at aging in place and what it means for you both personally and professionally.

Aging in Place / Design for Aging in Place / Professional Opportunities in Aging in Place
In this two part introductory article, we look at aging in place and what it means for you both personally and professionally. This article looks at professional implications.

The Life History Project
Everyone has a story, but often we learn their story too late. That’s the reality that motivated Sheila Brune to create The Living History Program (copyrighted), a program that records and creates a the personal story of the patients at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois.

Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well- Being
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being is one in a series of periodic reports to the Nation on the condition of older adults in the United States.

Avoiding the Caregiver Trap - Knowing When to Care and When Not to Over Extend
The caregiver trap is a term that describes that place in a human relationship where we feel trapped into doing something for a client when know we should not. Activities directors can get sucked into that trap.

Lifelong Learning for Seniors
With 30 classes and growing, from gardening to belly dancing, Pine Run University shows that lifelong learning is key to a quality of life for anyone but especially seniors.

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.

hospice statistics - palliative care - end of life issues - hospice overview
Hospice Facts and Stats tell a compelling story of a growing business and a diversified patient mix.

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.

dementia - world health organization - aging trends - alzheimer's
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified dementia as a public health crisis in need of policy. The statistics they present are compelling and will call for more paid interventions of care as the very caregivers of today become the dementia sufferer of tomorrow.

culture change in nursing homes
There is no way to separate leadership and collaboration from culture change. Without leadership and collaboration, there is no culture change. Relationships, organizational practices, and physical environments cannot change without support and conviction form nursing home leadership. Culture change in nursing homes is the key to long-term success.

Aging Trends Pit Optimists Against Pessimists
There is both optimism and pessimism when it comes to looking at boomers as business prospects. Let’s look at these recent trends. In this article we pit stalwarts AARP and Nielsen, the global information and measurement company.

Designing Health Care Spaces - Designing Healthcare Spaces
Kathy Bradway is an interior designer for health care for brings a residential perspective to her design. Full of rich colors, her designs are colorful, cheerful, and fun. You don't have to understand gerontological design theories and color theory to make an effective senior living space.

Results of the United States of Aging Survey
The National Council on Aging(NCOA) in conjunction with United Healthcare sponsored a survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland that included 2,250 U.S. adults aged 60 and older who shared their perspectives on their own individual readiness for aging as well as their perceptions of their community’s resources for senior residents.

Results of the United States of Aging Survey, Part 2
The National Council on Aging(NCOA) in conjunction with United Healthcare sponsored a survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland that included 2,250 U.S. adults aged 60 and older who shared their perspectives on their own individual readiness for aging as well as their perceptions of their community’s resources for senior residents. In Part 2, we look at Community Resources and Support and Health and Wellness.

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.

Gerontological Nurse Certification
Registered nurses are absolutely essential to quality health care. Board certification is the gold standard of excellence for many professions. For nurses employed in long term care, being certified as a Gerontological Nurse is the mark of distinction.

Online Board Certification in Gerontological Nursing
Gero Nurse Prep (see GeroNursePrep.org for complete information) is a web based, nationally accredited, continuing education course created expressly for RNs employed in long term care (LTC).

Nursing Home Administrator Jobs
Nursing home administrator jobs are highly-skilled and highly-paid. And with the industry in high flux, positions open and close frequently. Here are some top level sources to start your search.

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 is designed to measure the experiences of people receiving home health care from Medicare-certified home health care agencies.

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 - Introduction to Home Health Satisfaction Measurement - Home Health Survey Participation Requirements
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home Health Care Survey, also referred to as the

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 - Processing Home Health CAHPS Data
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home Health Care Survey is designed to help providers measure client/patient satisfaction. This article looks at the requirements and guidelines for creating and assigning a unique sample identification (SID) number, decision rules related to processing returned mail survey questionnaires, assignment of survey disposition codes, and quality control measures.

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 - Administering Home Health CAHPS
The effective administration of the home health CAHPS survey is essential to assuring reliable results that can help you improve care. Most home health care patients served by Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) are eligible to be included in the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey.

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 - Introduction to Home Health Satisfaction
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop surveys measuring patient perspectives of care in home health. Here is the top-level information you need to know for success in acquiring and acting on meaningful data.

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 - Home Health CAHPS Web Reporting
The Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey Data Center generates a number of reports to indicate the status of data submissions and the quality of the data submitted.

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 - Public Reporting Home Health Satisfaction
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Home Health Care Survey, also referred to as the

icd-10 - hipaa - filing a medical claim - diagnostic codes - icd-10-pcs
ICD-10 implementation while postponed, was set to begin in October of 2013. Still organizations should prepare.

medicare competitive bidding - durable medical equipment - home health - centers for medicare and medicaid services
The DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program was mandated by Congress through the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act(MMA). The statute requires that Medicare replace the fee schedule payment methodology for selected Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) items with a competitive bid process. It has proved controversial and is also a sought out topic on this site.

Franchise Report on Non-Medical Home Care Business
A Franchise Business Review (FBR) 2012 Special Report on Senior Care Businesses paints a rosy portrait for the home care industry.

anti-psychotic medications - use of anti-psychotic medication in nursing homes - anti-psychotics
Honoring residents’ customary routines provides the blueprint for meeting the challenge of CMS’ new initiative to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medications by 15% by December 31, 2012.

transitions of care, smooth care transitions, consistent assignment, re-hospitalization
Thirty percent of re-hospitalizations in nursing homes occur for residents who have been there for seven days or less. Getting care right from the start makes a big difference in whether a nursing home stay is successful.

Continuing Care Community Without Walls
While there are providers who offer aging in place services, they remain by and large, siloed approaches. Porter Hills in West Michigan has a new spin. Call it CCRC at home or as the Wall Street Journal dubbed it, continuing-care retirement communities “without walls.”

SNFist New Position in Nursing Homes Helps Reduce Readmissions,Ease Transitions of Care
In October 2012, penalties for certain readmissions started for hospitals. With that came a new reliance by hospitals on their long-term care partners. A new breed of primary care providers called SNFists or SNFologists are full-time physicians in skilled nursing facilities, who are more readily available to patients at risk for readmission.

long-term care accreditation - ANCC - MDS 3.0 - ACO - Accountable Care Organization
The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) new Pathway to Excellence in Long Term CareTM (PTE-LTC) Program is the first recognition of its kind for long-term-care facilities. PTE-LTC acknowledges long-term-care facilities that foster work environments where nurses and nursing staff can thrive, substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses, and identifies the best places to work. Find out how to be credentialed.

MDS 3.0 Skin Conditions
Skin conditions, such as pressure ulcers, are a big concern in both nursing and assisted living facilities. MDS 3.0 Skin Conditions updates protocols for pressure ulcers, wounds, or lesions so that facilities can recognize and evaluate each resident’s risk factors and identify and evaluate all areas at risk of constant pressure.

MDS 3.0 Swallowing and Nutrition
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.

MDS 3.0 restraint Management
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to reducing unnecessary physical restraint in nursing homes and ensuring that residents are free of physical restraints unless deemed necessary and appropriate as permitted by regulation. Proper interpretation of the physical restraint definition is necessary to understand if nursing homes are accurately assessing devices as physical restraints and meeting the federal requirement for restraint use.

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.

MDS 3.0 Mood Assessment
Mood distress is a serious condition that is under-diagnosed and undertreated in nursing homes and can lead to death. MDS 3.0 mood assessment seeks to reduce the morbidity caused by mood disorders.

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.

hospital readmissions - hospital admissions - mds 3.0 - preventing hospital admissions - preventing hospitalization
Aging Services Providers will increasingly be tasked to figure out ways to reduce hospital admissions from long-term care settings. And there will be financial implications. The Long-Term Quality Alliance offers some advice on reducing hospital admissions.

pinterest - social media - healthcare social media - long-term care marketing
Pinterest is an online communication tool in which save and organize your favorite things from the Internet on virtual boards with an emphasis on visual communication. Think healthcare cannot use it? Think again.

rescuing a bad experience - word of mouth - social media - culture change
Your marketing is all about the experience you provide to people and how they then talk about it. So what if the experience is bad? How do you rescue it?

Packaging Your Marketing - Packaging Your Services
We are used to a nickel and dime economy. You buy something for a base price but then find out to really get what you want you need to add on services and costs. Savvy companies know how to package services so that they not only create good will but profits as well.

Assisted Living Sales - Nursing Home Sales - Long-Term Care Marketing - Healthcare Social Media - Social Media in Healthcare
Everyone is abuzz about the social media. Yet its application for healthcare is not entirely clear. Let’s simplify the social media equation for healthcare organizations.

Customer Relationship Management in Long Term Care
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is a business strategy designed to reduce costs and increase profitability by solidifying customer loyalty. This allows customer facing employees in such areas as sales, customer support, and marketing to make quick yet informed decisions on everything from cross-selling and upselling opportunities to target marketing strategies to competitive positioning tactics. In long-term care it can also go a long way in enhancing the resident/patient experience.

Assisted Living Sales - Nursing Home Sales - Long-Term Care Marketing - Healthcare Social Media - Social Media in Healthcare
The 18 to 33 age demographic is still the largest users of the social media yet older age demographics are rapidly catching up. And that is important to know as you ramp up your social media strategy. Caregivers are using social media more and the sandwich generation mom is multi-tasking, researching care for themselves, their parents and their kids.

MDS 3.0 - Nursing Home Quality - What is MDS 3.0 - RUGS IV - Falls - Preventing Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. While MDS 3.0 guidelines looks to help providers minimize fall risks, there are apparent fall reduction mechanisms, like alarms, that actually contribute to falls as opposed to preventing them. In this article, we look at how to reduce alarms and therefore falls in facilities.

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.

Interpreting MDS 3.0 Nutritional Status
The intent of Section K of the MDS assessment, Swallowing/Nutritional Status, is to identify conditions that could impact a resident’s ability to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration.

How to Stage a Nursing Home Tour
Part of your advocacy efforts with elected representatives may include inviting them to your “home” for a tour. The nursing home and assisted living tour is a great way for a representative to see first-hand the care that is delivered to their constituents. Let's look at how to effectively stage a nursing home tour.

Aging in Place – Technology and Aging – Assistive Tech – Aging in Place Technology – Aging Technology
Aging in Place is something that older adults say they want but to achieve it takes more than good health. Aging in Place can only happen when technology solutions help it to happen. Let’s see where aging in place technology is moving for health, home automation, security, communications and lifestyle.

A quiet and efficient nurse call system, getting away from overhead paging, loud radios and one way pagers.
The quiet issue is big in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living environments. Noise contributes to poor sleep and other health issues. Silverado Senior Living's quest to provide the highest quality of life and to maintain a home like environment for their residents, lead to a search to find a quiet and efficient nurse call system, getting away from overhead paging, loud radios and one way pagers.

Developing a Continuity of Care Document
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to improve patient care. To receive an EHR incentive payment, providers have to show that they are “meaningfully using” their EHRs by meeting certain thresholds. The continuity of care document – CCD - —is considered an important step for the next phase of meaningful use.

Technology Adoption by Seniors
Technology adoption by seniors can be scary. So ease them into it. Don’t over-think. Don’t over-spend.Meet the resident on their own terms.

evangelical homes of michigan - assisted living - culture change in long term care - person centered care - person centered living
Evangelical Homes of Michigan extended their business model to service more clients. In so doing, they increased their revenue, client base and positive word of mouth while providing needed services for elders from one trusted source.

Health Care Food Services – Nursing Home Food – Hospital Food – Healthcare Food Services Careers – Person-Centered Care - Resident Dietary Preferences
Honoring residents’ choices in dining actually positions staff to get better clinical outcomes. Choices provide a road map for how to implement care interventions to meet care goals.

Recovery Audit Contractor Requirements
Recovery Audit Contractors under the Medicare Integrity Program identify underpayments and over-payments and recoup over-payments under the Medicare program associated with services for which payment is made under part A or B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act. By understanding the requirements of the auditors by the government, you can better understand how to prepare for and also avoid being audited.

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

Aging in Place – Technology and Aging – Assistive Tech – Aging in Place Technology – Aging Technology - Communicating with Families
Now with a simple and valuable smart phone app called How’s My Mom facilities can communicate information about a loved one to their family member for free. How’s My Mom provides an app that can be used on any Apple or Android phone or tablet which allows senior living centers to send electronic updates on their residents to their families and for families to respond.

zone program integrity contractor - RAC - recovery audit contractor - medicare fraud
With increasing transparency in healthcare, exposing fraud and abuse is a big issue. One of the “watchdog” entities is the Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) program. Their scope goes beyond RAC audits to include an umbrella list of potential fraud and abuse in healthcare.

Changing Healthcare Experiences Starts with Employees
Patient and resident centered care is all the talk these days. And they are central to the culture change movement. But to really impact the experience of care, you have to start with employees.

Communicating Effectively with Residents, Patients and Families
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.

Paying for Long Term Care - The Assurance Benefit
Paying for long-term care services is a burden for many of your residents/patients. And while options for payment are few, another option could be available to them through the Assurance Benefit.

Hospice End of Life Signs - When Do I Need Hospice
The medical establishment does not deal well with death so do not expect them to tell you when it is time for extraordinary measures to stop and hospice care to begin. Know the signs at the end of life when it's time to call hospice.

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.

Healthcare Quality Improvement – Healthcare Quality – Quality Heathcare – Patient Experience
There has been a lot of talk in long-term care about culture change, person-centered care, person-centered living. Much like hospitals there has been a lot of lip service to changing experiences. Something as important as the experience we provide to residents and patients should not be left to chance. That is why you need a Chief Experience Officer.

Science Projects for Nursing Home Residents
Using science for seniors as part of your activities program can help stimulate the brain and contribute to resident quality of life. A one-hour hands-on program called Science for Seniors, created by the author has four parts: select a topic, present fun facts, watch a video on the subject and do a safe experiment with residents. Let's experiment and see how we can bring science projects to our nursing and assisted living residents.

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.

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.

cultural sensitivity in nursing homes
A comprehensive culture sensitivity program in nursing homes should discuss overall organizational cultural competence as well as focus on the specific population groups and/or health issues that are relevant to the community. A well-rounded program also should help clinicians with diagnostic issues, such as identifying health conditions specific to certain ethnic patient populations or conducting skin assessments for patients with skin of color.

Nursing Home Activities – Activity Director – Activities for Seniors – Assisted Living Activities - Memory Care
Site, smell, sounds, touch all invoke memories and an effective activities program that incorporates memory care can really add to the quality of life of elders and others who we encounter in aging services across the continuum of care. Here's how to do it.

Nursing Home Activities – Activity Director – Activities for Seniors – Assisted Living Activities - Using Ceramics
Ceramics can be a fun activity for all ages. And particularly it can be used for the short-stay rehabilitation patient too. Let's look at how to get started with using ceramics in your activity program.

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.

hire an attorney - healthcare attorney - nursing home abuse - malpractice - ambulance chaser
There is a litigious culture in the U.S. And as the economy continues to drag, a byproduct seems to be increased litigation. Right or wrong, malpractice suits continue. You need to protect yourself and your business. And that starts with having a good healthcare attorney in your corner.

identity theft - red flag rules - preventing identity theft - identity fraud - red flag questions
Frequently asked questions around Red Flag Rules can help you as you put together your Red Flag Prevention Program.

identity theft - red flag rules - preventing identity theft - identity fraud - red flag prevention program
Under the Red Flag Rules organizations are required to implement a written Identity Theft Prevention Program designed to detect the warning signs of identity theft (a red flag!). In this article we look at the components of a program.

identity theft - red flag rules - preventing identity theft - identity fraud - red flag overview
Red flag rules are designed to help businesses spot suspicious patterns that may arise and take steps to prevent a red flag from escalating into a costly episode of identity theft. Here is an overview.

Nursing Home Disaster Planning - DHSS Disaster Planning Recommendations - Life Safety in Nursing Homes, Resident Safety
Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness is essential to the safety of residents and staff. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) Office of Inspector General has identified gaps in preparedness. This article outlines the findings from their report “Gaps Continue to Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response During Disaster.

How to Centralize Purchasing
Centralizing the purchasing process can be accomplished by any senior living organization. Hiring the right team and using the proper tools can transform the procurement process from being an underutilized service to becoming an integrated part of the company’s strategic planning and growth.

Second Generation Assisted Living - New Designs for Assisted Living
Therapeutic Assisted Living is made up of two immutable truths, eight principles and five interventions. It is an evolving model for not just assisted living but for all care providers in aging services.

More Assisted Living Definitions
Here are more useful assisted living definitions that could come in handy.

Assisted Living Definitions
Here are some useful assisted living definitions that could come in handy.

Assisted Living Survey Process Plan of Correction
State regulations differ in regards to assisted living facilities. In our first article we provided an overview of the survey process. In this article we look at plans of correction.

Assisted Living Survey Process
While state regulations differ in regards to assisted living facilities, expect that a survey process of some sort is in place in every state. Here is an overview of what the process might look like.

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.

Career Ladder - Health Careers - Career Planning - Career Path - Nursing Home Careers - Assisted Living Careers - Home Health Careers
Career ladders encourage, recognize, and reward capable employees. Successful performance and acquisition of additional skills through education or training prepare individuals for the next job level. Formal career ladder programs can be found in organizations large enough to have a hierarchy of related occupations plus enough growth and turnover to allow for movement up the ladders. Let's explore the advantages of career ladders.

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.

Assisted Living Sales - Selling Assisted Living - Choosing Assisted Living - Assisted Living Marketing
Assisted Living Sales is a competitive marketplace. After all you are

Assisted Living Marketing - Marketing Assisted Living - Choosing Assisted Living - Assisted Living Sales
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.

assisted living activities - culture change - linked senior - technology and aging - status solutions
CATIE is an interactive multimedia application for two-way communication and self-service to help residents of senior living communities stay connected to family, friends and the world around them. It was named a Program to Watch by the Assisted Living Federation of America in 2012.

Hard-wiring Compassionate and Empathetic Care, Hard-wiring Compassion and Empathy
Despite all the technology, fancy buildings, dining and activity experiences, healthcare boils down to one thing – human relationships. When life and death is at stake, it is imperative that staff are engaged, focused and passionate about providing the very best healthcare.

How to Identify Elder Abuse
The home care industry is literally exploding as consumers, government and payers look to “aging in place” (aging in home) as a more desirable and less costly alternative to long-term care in assisted and nursing facilities. Your client facing employees are your number one asset and the face of your brand. That brand, your reputation, and your business can quickly be ruined with allegations of abusive behavior by staff. This article looks at specific types of abuse that you need to know.

Employee Retention – Rewards and Recognition – Employee Recruitment – Retention Strategies
Direct care workers have hard jobs, are low paid, and nearly ever receive the rewards and recognition deserved. That is why employee retention is so hard to achieve in aging services. When a position is viewed as simply a job and not a career, it is easy to see why people leave for better paying jobs outside the industry. Employee retention in aging services is a big issue that will become even bigger as the population ages. Let’s look at some strategies to help retain the best workforce.

Employee Satisfaction – Employee Retention – Total Rewards – Employee Engagement – Voice of the Customer
Finding and keeping talented staff in the aging services industry is hard. Workforce satisfaction is more than wages and benefits. The intangibles of workforce satisfaction – respect and empowerment among others – are keys to retention and recruitment in the industry.

CNA Career Ladder
For CNAs to succeed they need to build a career ladder for success. The Extended Care Career Ladder Initiative (ECCLI) is part of the Massachusetts Nursing Home Quality Initiative. It offers a grant program available to Massachusetts nursing homes and home health agencies to support development of career ladders and other training initiatives for frontline workers. Other states could learn a lesson from this program.

Career Ladders in Long-Term Care
A long-term care career ladder is a structured sequence of job positions through which a person progresses in an organization. While common in many industries, aging services has been slow to embrace this concept. In this article we look at how to start building a career ladder for positions in long term care such as certified nursing assistants and home health aides.

Career Ladder in Long Term Care Nursing
CNAs can build their own ladder or lattice using Department of Labor tools. At CareerOneStop you can actually follow a process to design your own career ladder.

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.

nursing home activities - carnivals - culture change
Everyone has a memory of going to a carnival. Yet many of our elders are no longer capable of getting out to one. Solution - bring the carnival to them. Here's how to stage a carnival in your facility. No clowning around!

activities in nursing homes - music and memories - customized ipod playlists for elders
Remember your last really bad day at work? Feeling frustrated, maybe sad, and perhaps even angry at the end of the day? And then remember getting in your car, starting the engine and suddenly your favorite song from high school is blasting through the radio speakers. The next thing you know, you are singing, smiling and your mood has totally changed! Imagine recreating that atmosphere for elders in nursing facilities. That is the idea behind Music and Memory, a program that is improving the quality of life of the elderly and ill through iPod based personalized music.

nursing home activities - culture change - linked senior - technology and aging
Electronics have revolutionized the world of activity programming for independent, assisted living and long term care facilities. Digital ideas must be part of every activity department! Linked Senior is a way to use technology to create activities customized to individual needs and to empower activity and programming staff.

senior exercise programs - tai chi - tai chi chuan - nursing home activities
Chair Chi is an exercise program based on the principals of Tai Chi Chuan, but designed for the elderly in retirement communities, assisted living, personal care homes, nursing homes and adult day centers.

mds 3.0 - resident interview - life stories - meaningful activities
LifeStories a program that uses resident information, reminiscing, validation therapy and research on the web to help residents share and discuss their history.

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.

activities for rehab patients - short stay residents - nursing home 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.

food and activities - nursing home activities - atria senior living
Nothing says home like the smell, sight and taste of a familiar recipe. One senior living organization is using a cookbook to evoke memories for seniors under their care.

art appreciation - senior art projects - activities for seniors - activity director
Love & Art is a charity that brings the experience of viewing art museum collections to your residents.

Attracting People to Your Arts Program
Art activities are essential components of an activity program. One of the challenges that program coordinators face is the lack of attendance.

Travel Activities for Aging Services Providers
We are proud of our melting pot country and as a people enjoy talking about our foreign roots. This diverse tapestry can form the basis of an activity program that serves residents of independent, nursing care, assisted living and adult day centers both young and old, of various physical and mental skill levels and men and women equally. Let's call it Travel Day.

Activities for Room Bound Nursing Home Residents
Activity directors spend a lot of time planning engaging programs for their residents. Despite working hard to offer a variety of programming for residents of all ages and abilities, there is still the task of serving residents who by desire or illness refuse to leave their rooms.

books for activity professionals - activities for elders - nursing home activities
The best tool for any activity director is education! There is valuable information in the activity director certification as well as the college courses required for certified therapeutic recreation specialists. There is also another source of information - the printed word. The newest research into brain chemistry, the aging process, dementia and other issues confronting seniors is addressed in numerous books with scientifically proven ideas. Let's take a look.

Nursing Home Activities – Activity Director – Activities for Seniors – Assisted Living Activities - Activity Professional Certification
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.

hospice - palliative care - end of life issues - hospice overview - hospice team
The hospice care team is obviously an integral part of a person’s care that assure that the there is a true quality of life at the end of life.

hospice - palliative care - end of life issues - hospice overview
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.

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.

Nursing Home Activities – Activity Director – Activities for Seniors – Assisted Living Activities - becoming an activity professional
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!

Nursing Home Activities – Activity Director – End of Life – Music Therapy
Activity professionals in care facilities are often faced with assisting a resident, and with them their friends and families, through a final journey. Hearing is the last sense we lose as our bodies shut down. So therapeutic music is a very important program to offer residents.

Design for Aging – Aging in Place – Ageing in Place – Universal Design - HAIL Lab - Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation created the Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) Lab to support aging in place, helping seniors remain at home, healthy and independent. HAIL is housed in Charter House, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester, Minn.

telling your life story - life stories - nursing home activities
Writing workshops with small groups of residents as well as in one-on-one sessions can produce personalized articles, booklets, books and/or DVDs as mini-biographies to share with family and friends.

Schlegel Villages - Innovative Models of Care
Schlegel Villages in Kitchener, Ontario operates eleven Schlegel Villages housing approximately 2500 seniors. Each Village has a Long Term Care component, with Full Service Retirement Living, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Independent Living options being added in stages.

New Models of Care Delivery - Seniors Aid New Hampshire
Seniors Aid New Hampshire (SANH) is composed of a group of residents who live in New Hampshire nursing homes, assisted living and independent living communities whose goal is to collaborate on efforts aimed at benefiting those in need in New Hampshire.

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.

Adult Day Care Certification
As the push for aging in place grows, Adult Day Centers will become increasingly important. And the rules governing them will grow as well. The certification of these centers is important. In this article we look at one state’s requirements – Oregon – as a template for other states and for providers contemplating entry into this market.

Record Keeping in Adult Day Services
Adult Day Services, more commonly known as Adult Medical Day Care Centers or Adult Day Care Centers are becoming increasingly popular. And therefore they are also becoming more scrutinized. One part of the certification process covered in this article is record keeping and service requirements.

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.

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.

Most Nursing Home Medication Errors Involve Analgesics and Sedatives
Most Nursing Home Medication Errors Involve Analgesics and Sedatives

ALFA Seeks Ageism Films
ALFA Seeks Ageism Films

Caring.Com Names "Caring Stars of 2014"
Caring.Com Names Caring Stars of 2014

If It Had Been a Child Care Center They Would Have Shut It Down - My Two Cents on the Frontline Special
Life and Death in Assisted Living - Frontline

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.

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

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

Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor Program
The Medicare Recovery Audit contractor program has successfully recovered over $1 billion in over-payments to providers. And this process is now extended to Medicaid. Find out what you need to know about protecting yourself against and audit and preventing one from taking place at all.

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.

The Accountable Care Organization
The Patient Protection and Affordability Act called for the creation of accountable care organizations as part of the delivery model of care. While aging services were in some ways left out of the discussion it is important for them to understand what an accountable organization is and how they might fit in one eventually.

High Risk Groups for Flu – Who is at Risk for the Flu – Elderly and Flu
It is no surprise that nursing home residents, assisted living residents, home health clients and others served by aging services are in the high risk groups for flu, encountering more severe affects of the flu strains.

Disclosing Medical Errors – Medical Mistakes
Medical and non-medical errors happen in aging services every day. How you disclose them is critical to your organization's reputation. You do disclose them don't you?!

Finding Your Legislators – Meeting Your Legislators – Health Care Advocacy – Health Care Policy – How to Lobby – Legislative Process – Government Relations
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.

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.

Advocacy – Health Advocacy – Lobbying - Health Legislation – Health Care Lobbying
In this article you will find go-to-sources that will help you find and track legislation. And more importantly, these resources will show you how to get involved in the issues so you can advocate for your needs as a provider.

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

What to Look for When Visiting Elders
Caregiving at a distance can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming. And often the only time caregivers see the loved one is on a family visit, more than not tied around a holiday. Helping your local caregivers by providing tips for visiting long-distance elders is not only a good thing to do but reflects on your company as well. Find out what to look for when visiting elders.

Disaster Planning in Long Term Care
There is no shortage of disasters sweeping the world. And in some cases, no amount of preparation can spare you from bad consequences. But having a disaster plan in place for your facility can minimize those consequences. Start with a plan and then practice, practice, practice.

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.

Consistent Assignment in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Consistent assignment, the idea that residents/clients see the same caregiver(s) all the time, results in more satisfied residents/clients and staff, less turnover and better quality of care. With better quality and better experiences, people talk. And word of mouth is your most potent marketing tool. Consistent staffing is the perfect formula for sustaining and growing your long-term care business.

Geriatric Care Manager – Geriatric Care – Elder Care Manager – Geriatric Nursing – Caregiving – Senior Care Management
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.

Healthcare Workers – Healthcare Jobs – Healthcare Recruitment – Healthcare Careers
One of the fastest growing segments of the economy is healthcare so you would think it would be easy to recruit the best healthcare workers for aging services businesses. Recruiting qualified healthcare workers for aging services has proven hard. There are some systemic issues related to this. So you need to start at the 50,000 foot level to understand the causes so you can move beyond the symptoms.

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.

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.

Finding and Meeting Your Legislators
Being versed in the basics of advocacy and lobbying will often lead to your having to find and meet your legislators. So let's figure out how to find them and the proper way to go about meeting them.

Write Your Representative
A first step in opening a dialogue with elected representatives can be simply writing them. Let's explore how to write your representative.

Building Relationships with Legislators
There are many ways to build relationships with legislators. In this article, we guide to you to the many facets of government relations.

Giving Public testimony
Giving public testimony can move your healthcare agenda forward by leaps and bounds. Putting a face to an issue can contribute to your own personal brand and propel your organization to a leadership position on issues.

Legislative Process in Long-Term Care
Anyone may draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation. The official legislative process begins when a bill or resolution is numbered, referred to a committee and printed by the Government Printing Office. Here is the process.

Holding a Town Hall Meeting
As part of your public advocacy issues, a town hall meeting can be an important part of your arsenal. Scheduled around timely issues and hot media issues, a town hall meeting can help elevate a cause and cause it to go viral. Let's look at how to hold a town hall meeting.

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.

PACE
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a comprehensive care delivery system that allows what traditionally would be thought of as nursing home residents to continue living at home while receiving services.

The Future of Aging in Place
What is the future of aging in place? People sure want it. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers.

Aging in Place – Successful Aging – Design for Aging – Technology for Aging
People want to age in place. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers. Page 2.

Home Remodeling for Aging 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.

Design for Aging
Design for an aging population reaches far beyond the borders of a home. And that means great opportunity for architects, interior designers and contractors who want to embrace this space. In this article we look at trends, opportunities and great resources available to those special individuals who want to pursue an architectural, interior design or contractor career that makes a difference in people's lives.

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. The MetLife Mature Market Institute report on adult day care sheds light on this growing industry. Elder day care offers both respite for caregivers as well a much needed socialization for seniors.

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 Quality Improvement – Healthcare Quality – Quality Heathcare – Patient Experience
Culture change is a movement in healthcare to revolve the care around the resident based on their unique needs and interests. It has been hard to take hold because the business case for culture change has not always been articulated. Reluctant CEOs and CFOs who view this as fuzzy need to understand the return on investment. There is a mistaken notion that to achieve resident-centered care you have to tear down and rebuild your facility. What you have to do is tear down and rebuild your thinking.

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.

Nine Steps to Consistent Assignment
Consistent assignment results in more satisfied residents/clients and staff, less turnover and better quality of care. Here are nine steps to consistent assignment to get you started.

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.

Healthcare Quality Improvement and Culture Change
Healthcare quality improvement starts with people and a culture dedicated to empowering them to serve patients and residents. Empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. In short healthcare quality improvement and culture change are tied at the hip.

Healthcare Quality Improvement – Healthcare Quality – Quality Heathcare – Patient Experience
Healthcare quality starts with people. And empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. Page 2.

Assistive Technology – Adaptive Technology – Assistive Technology Products – Aging in Place
Assistive and Adaptive Technologies help elders maintain their independence and are keys to aging in place. This overview of assistive and adaptive technologies should inspire you to explore this much needed area of aging services care. There are needs that require solutions. Can you fill those gaps? Start envisioning how.

Assistive Technology – Adaptive Technology – Assistive Technology Products – Aging in Place
Assistive and Adaptive Technologies help elders maintain their independence and are keys to aging in place. This overview of assistive and adaptive technologies should inspire you to explore this much needed area of aging services care. There are needs that require solutions. Can you fill those gaps? Start envisioning how. Page 2.

Media Relations in Long Term Care
As you become more savvy with your advocacy efforts, your media relations program in long term care can be pivotal in telling your story. Media coverage will get the attention of legislators.

Patient Safety - HIPAA - Patient Confidentiality - Healthcare Fraud
Nursing homes are becoming more like hospitals. Yet security and privacy in nursing homes have not necessarily kept up with hospital counterparts. And when you read reports that show 90 percent of nursing homes employ ex-cons, well, it becomes more imperative to know exactly who your patients are, who your employees are and even know who the visitors and vendors are that roam around your facility. This article looks at available and emerging technologies.

Patient Safety - HIPAA - Patient Confidentiality - Healthcare Fraud
Nursing homes are becoming more like hospitals. Yet security and privacy in nursing homes have not necessarily kept up with hospital counterparts. And when you read reports that show 90 percent of nursing homes employ ex-cons, well, it becomes more imperative to know exactly who your patients are, who your employees are and even know who the visitors and vendors are that roam around your facility. This article looks at available and emerging technologies. Page 2.

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Pinterest Being Used Innovatively By These Companies
Find out how companies are creatively using Pinterest.

Smart Phone by Night. Poor Performance by Day.
Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day.

Health Advocacy - Operating a Long Term Care Facility - Aging in Place - Health care data - health care workforce - health care quality
Whether you run a non-medical home care company or a sophisticated skilled nursing facility, aging services is a business. And with a silver tsunami approaching and health care in the process of reforming, you need tools that can help you attract and retain customers and employees while maximizing your revenue. Advocacy, facility operations, aging-in-place, research and data, workforce issues and quality improvement are some of the issues covered.

Brookdale Gobbles Emeritus
Brookdale Gobbles Emeritus

New CDC Site Helps LTC with Infection Control
New CDC Site Helps LTC with Infection Control

Inappropriate Hospice Admissions / Reimbursement Under Attack
Inappropriate Hospice Admissions / Reimbursement Under Attack

CNN's World's Untold Stories: Dementia Village
CNN's World's Untold Stories: Dementia Village

Beacon Project Brings Common Practices in Home Care Hospice to SNFs
Beacon Project Brings Common Practices in Home Care Hospice to SNFs

You Are Here
You Are Here

Wash Before Glove? New Research Says Not Necessary
Hand Washing Before Donning Gloves May Not Be Necessary

CMS Wants Tougher Emergency Preparadness Rules
CMS Wants Tougher Emergency Preparadness Rules

The American Health Care Association Issues Quality Improvement Report
The American Health Care Association Issues Quality Improvement Report

Culture Change Means Fewer Deficiencies
Culture Change Means Fewer Deficiencies

Prison Within Prison: Dementia Rising in Incarcerated
This is something you rarely think about - aging prisoners. And how they are like the rest of society when it comes to aging. Could prisoner care be a business opportunity? Should it be?

AMDA Releases Free, Interactive Courses Aimed at Decreasing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics
AMDA Releases Free, Interactive Courses Aimed at Decreasing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics

National Center for Health Statistics releases a Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview.
National Center for Health Statistics releases a Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview.

ALFA Ventures into Indian Partnership
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) will be mentoring Indias first and only senior living association through a new partnership aimed at improving quality of life for Indias seniors and advancing excellence for Indias senior living providers.

Affordable Care Act Reducing Readmissions
Affordable Care Act Reducing Readmissions

Nursing Homes the Most Dangerous Places to Work
Nursing Homes the Most Dangerous Places to Work

45 Percent of Employed Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care
45 Percent of Employed Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care

Outcomes Lacking in Zone Integrity Contractor Program
Outcomes Not Measured in Zone Integrity Contractor Program

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.