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Keeping Perspective Amid the Changing Long-Term Care News

It is a stressful time and the daily blasts and news for long-term care is reportedly not all that positive.  While staying current and taking in all of the news about the pressures for the industry now and among the

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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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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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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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Capitol Hill Event for 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations

Susan Gilster was recently a speaker on Capitol Hill as she joined the National Alzheimer’s Association and the nation’s top researchers, interested organizations and members of Congress to discuss ways to improve quality of care and quality of life for

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Wanted: Young, Passionate and Energetic Long Term Care Administrators

A highlight of the recent ACHCA 50th Annual Convention was the students in university programs and internships preparing to become long-term care administrators. This industry will benefit from fresh, passionate, and energetic young people with new ideas, an optimistic perspective

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How To Fail at Everything in Life

While I recently wrote about choosing to be a “complainer” in your work or choosing to be proactive, I simply have to share with you some wisdom passed along to me from an 18 year old man.  Why an 18

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Your Choice: Complain or be Proactive

Healthcare, and especially long-term care, can be a rather difficult place to work these days.  Leaders have been inundated with multiple changes and new regulations, including requirements for additional electronic connectivity and software, while at the same time dealing with

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