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Upcoming Program to Examine Leadership Role in Long-Term Care Culture Change

Culture is defined as the thoughts, beliefs, values, practice and social behavior of a particular group of people. Hence to change or enhance a culture requires working with people; changing beliefs, the work experience, affecting actions and behaviors, and making

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Thanksgiving: A Time to Offer Appreciation for Long-Term Care Staff

According to the song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some it is not necessarily true of the holiday season.  The holidays present a number of challenges for many – never enough time, multiple food requests,

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Dementia Best Practice Recommendations Focus on Person-Centered Care, Regulatory Compliance and Staff Retention

The National Alzheimer’s Association’s updated their best practice recommendations for person-centered dementia care in 2018 and for the first time included workforce (staff) as a separate and important component/area of concentration. The workforce recommendations, released in the 2018 Dementia Care

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Strategies to Decrease New Hire Turnover in Long-Term Care

In a recent discussion, an Administrator asked about hiring and the rapid turnover often seen in long-term care.  Some suggested it was normal, just part of the business and nothing could be done.  I say not so! Selecting staff is

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Staff Turnover, Person-Centered Care and Regulations

Following my recent article on person-centered care (PCC) regulations, a question asked on my thoughts on the challenges of providing PCC considering the staffing challenges facing the industry. There is no doubt that PCC is much more easily provided when

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Emphasis on Person-Centered Care Citations is Underway

Person-centered care is a well-established philosophy of care incorporating the needs and desires of each person.  Providing person-centered care is dependent upon “knowing the person” as a unique, one-of-a-kind individual.  This philosophy is not new and should not be a

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Delightful or Dreadful? Holidays for Long-Term Care Leadership

I’ve said it before, and believe it is worth repeating.  Holidays can present a unique challenge for long-term care leadership teams. As the Fourth of July holiday is approaching, the country prepares for celebrations, picnics, cookouts, and fun with family

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Ongoing Education, Communication a Must for Long-Term Care

Establishing a routine, ongoing mechanism for learning and communication serves many purposes in all long-term care environments, including assisted living.  Such a program addresses many of the desires employees have indicated are important in the workplace for decades, and at

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Staff Education and Training – More than Compliance

A recent conversation among long-term care leaders illuminated current beliefs about staff training and education in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  While one participant asked how many hours of training is necessary for staff to be competent in providing quality memory

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Long-Term Care Workforce Issues: Practice Principles for Quality Dementia Care

I was honored to lead the development of the best practice recommendations for creating a person-centered dementia capable long-term care workforce for the new 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. The National Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations outline recommendations

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