There are many qualities that distinguish high-quality patient care. It should be responsive, timely, and carefully coordinated (to name a few). We’d also put “safe” high up on the list. The truth is, we take it for granted that patients are safe—whether they’re being cared for in a hospital, long term care facility, or at home. But safety in healthcare
Do you operate or work in a nursing home that uses a lot of alarms? If so, you’re aware of the stress these technologies can cause. Unfortunately, using alarms is non-negotiable. Without them, the number of falls in your facility would shoot through the roof. Many of your residents would be in continuous danger. Wouldn’t they? Believe it or not,
It goes without saying that every nursing home needs a plan for dealing with resident wandering. But how detailed should your plan be? And what factors should it take into account? If you’re involved in the operation of a home, you’ve likely spent countless hours considering these questions. You’ve probably read tragic stories about missing dementia patients and found yourself
If you work in residential care, you know stress. You know what it’s like to deal with many demands at once. Your facility’s nurse call system is a reminder that resident needs should always come first. Unfortunately, not all residents limit their call button usage to when they truly need assistance. This is a problem, because overuse can slow down
How many older adults have fallen in your facility this year? Falls aren’t a pleasant thing to think about. But if you’re involved in operating a residential care home, thinking about them is a big part of your job. You probably know the statistics. But they most certainly bear repeating, so here’s a reminder. According to a
It’s a difficult subject. If you run or operate a care facility, resident discharges, evictions, and transfers are the last thing you want to think about. No service provider wants to be in the position of having to refuse care. Telling a resident’s family you can no longer meet the needs of their loved one can be extremely difficult.
If you run a residential care facility, assisted living residence, or group home, you may be thinking about adopting an electronic medical alert system. The extent to which this technology can help caregivers respond to falls, wandering episodes, and other hazardous events is nothing short of incredible. But did you know that many of these systems provide other, unexpected benefits?
Picture this. It’s late evening. You’re sitting at your desk, catching up on work. A member of your staff enters your office with a look of sheer panic on her face. What’s your first thought? If you’re in charge of operations at an assisted living or supportive housing complex, your mind probably races. Has there been an accident? Is somebody
Is it Time to Consider a Wander Alert System? It’s a caregiver’s worst nightmare. An older woman with dementia goes missing in the middle of the night. She’s prone to confusion, and lives near a major highway. Whether the woman in this scenario wanders from a residential care facility, her own home, or the home of a family