Huh? What Did You Say?

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I personally know many people living with hearing loss who refuse to get a hearing aid. Sometimes it is related to the cost, having to sit in an audiology office for hours, or that they just won’t admit that they need a hearing aid. So, I was pretty excited when I heard that the FDA has approved “over the counter” …

RoP – Phase 3 – Ready or Not!

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Are you geared up and ready to roll on October 24, 2022? If you are a skilled nursing center, you need to be! If you are asking “what is Phase 3,” we have a huge problem lol! A little background, the new RoPs were rolled out in phases:  Phase 1 – November 28, 2016  Phase 2 – November 28, 2017  …

The Platinum Rule

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As we were growing up, our parents taught us to live by the “Golden Rule,” meaning, do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Remember? Question, how reliable is that idea? Think about it, our outlooks and experiences may deviate from our residents’, right? Maybe we have a charmed life with no obstacles, enjoy good health, …

Pandemic and Outcomes

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It likely comes as no surprise to providers that during the first year of the pandemic, residents in centers with active COVID-19 cases experienced significant increases in mortality and functional decline compared with the pre-pandemic period. Not shocking, right? What is interesting are the findings related to weight loss and depressive symptoms during the pandemic. In a study published in …

Brushy Brushy!

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Remember your mom standing over you in the bathroom explaining the importance of good oral care? I know you do because I do, and I also remember sneaking to bed at night without brushing and not getting caught! Today, of course, as adults we brush our teeth several times a day, at least morning and night (hopefully)!  For those of …

Kentucky Nurse Charged With Murder

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Yikes! That should be your first reaction, right? But listen, that’s not all! The nurse being charged is a “travel nurse” or sometimes referred to as “agency.” This nurse worked in multiple hospital locations in the state of Kentucky at the same time AND continued to work at a hospital after being accused of killing a patient! Okay, true, you …

Dishwashing Soap Instead of Juice?

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One dead, and two are hospitalized after seniors were given dishwashing soap instead of juice, that is the headline, wow! According to the article on CBS news, police are investigating the fatal poisoning at a San Mateo care facility. How could this happen? Sure, we have all read stories of residents finding toxic substances left unattended and consuming them, but to …

Let Us Never Forget

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Every one of us remembers where we were when the World Trade Center was struck by not one, but two commercial airline planes on 9-11. As a popular country singer put it, “the world stopped turning,” everyone was in a state of shock and disbelief. Everyone but the first responders that is. These brave men and women never hesitated, they …

Intrigued

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We have lived through some really challenging times over the past few years and now we are faced with an even bigger challenge with staffing! If you think about it, we can’t fill our beds if we don’t have staff to care for the residents. If we can’t fill our beds safely, we can’t maintain operations and can’t pay our …

Do You Have A Big Heart?

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We have all heard the saying “she has such a big heart” (not to be confused with “bless your heart”)! In our well-meaning comment, we are usually referring to someone we know who goes above and beyond, practices random acts of kindness, and brings joy to everyone they meet. However, could having a big heart mean problems down the road? …