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Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT and BS

Director of Risk Management

Angie SzumlinskiMs. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care with experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator and independent consultant. Ms. Szumlinski conducts risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the post-acute care spectrum. Ms. Szumlinski served as an Associated Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Committee, NCAL Risk Management Committee, HCAM Legal/Clinical Committee and is a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Ms. Szumlinski is a Nurse Planner for the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

Coronavirus

Management Of Neurological And Mental Manifestations Associated With COVID-19

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Residents with COVID-19 are at high risk for delirium, and sometimes delirium may be a presenting feature of infection even without respiratory symptoms. Anxiety and depressive symptoms are often common reactions for people with a COVID-19 diagnosis, especially for those who are hospitalized. Stressors particular to COVID-19 include: Fear of falling ill and dying Fear of being socially excluded/placed in …

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Brookestone Acres All of our HealthCap facilities are getting creative with how they engage residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our HealthCap Hero of the day, Brookstone Acres, is doing just that by turning one of their regularly scheduled traditional groups into a “talk show” for their residents! Under normal circumstances, this group meets around a table to share stories, discuss …

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Staff Moving in to Mitigate Risk When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March, staff in long term care facilities had to take extra care to not accidentally contract it and bring it with them to work. Heroes Sheryl Zilch, the manager of Frankfort Pines Assisted Living, and Deb Harrison, the Pine’s chef, took it a step further and decided …

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Stimulus Checks- Hands Off!

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Fraud Warning: The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new opportunities for fraudulent activity, and mishandling of stimulus checks going to residents could be one of them. Facilities must be aware of the liability that can go hand in hand with handling sensitive items such as stimulus checks, and what federal regulations they are at risk of violating. Please read the …

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Facilities Giving Back to Their Communities During this time, we have heard numerous stories about ways neighboring communities have rallied together to support long term care facilities. Highland Park Assisted Living recently decided to return the favor and wanted to share their story! Enlisting the help of their residents and using supplies they had on hand, staff came up with …

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Infection Control Focused Surveys

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CMS is continuing to perform focused infection control surveys. To assist you in preparing for a focused visit, we’ve prepared an infographic on the information you should have available. Click HERE to download it from our Resource and Education Center.

Heart to Heart Recipes

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HealthCap Heroes have been emerging all around the nation as creative, thoughtful, and dedicated to the residents they serve. From finding ways to have a ‘social distancing visit’ with loved ones, creating new activities and events to bring some energy, or even enlisting the help of some four-legged friends, we have been amazed at the ingenuity and care our facilities …

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Reissues Emergency Use Authorizations Revising Which Types of Respirators Can Be Decontaminated for Reuse

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On June 7, 2020, the FDA issued a news release on the decontamination and reuse of N95 respirators. The agency has reissued certain emergency use authorizations based on the performance and design to withstand the decontamination process. As a reminder, decontaminated respirators should only be used when new FDA-cleared N95 respirators, NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, or other FDA authorized respirators are …

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Heritage Assisted Living; Battle Creek, MI Today’s HealthCap Heroes danced away the quarantine blues! Staff from all departments at Heritage Assisted Living asked residents to come to their doors and danced the Cha-Cha Slide for them. The best part for these spirited employees was when the residents joined in. The team at Heritage Assisted Living says “the smiles and joys …

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Heroes From Jackson, Missouri Jackson Manor Nursing Home has been ensuring their residents are enriched and staying in touch with loved ones, and we want to recognize their heroic efforts! Between hallway Bingo every other weekday, hallway trivia, an activity and snack cart that makes daily rounds, and weekly mobile nail care, they are finding creative ways to bring smiles …