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
In many Canadian nursing homes, family engagement is low. Industry professionals are aware of the difference that loving support networks can make. But what’s the best way to encourage family members to get involved? Caring relatives may find it difficult to visit residents for various reasons. Some of the most common include geographical distance and overwhelming outside responsibilities. It might
The public is scrutinizing long term care homes. And that’s understandable. There’s no point in pretending the news stories don’t exist. Of course, abuse and neglect are the exception – not the rule. If you operate or work in one of these care facilities, you’re aware that they’re often characterized by empathy and compassion. Though safety is the primary concern
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.