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Salt Again?

Angie Szumlinski News

Yes, I did talk about salt a few weeks ago, however, to make things even more confusing, a recent article was published discussing what is the healthiest salt for you! Imagine, I never knew there was a healthy salt, if you remember my previous articles (several) the medical community has disgraced salt mercilessly for years but now there might be …

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Dopamine and Love

Angie Szumlinski News

For those of us caring for residents living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) we often wonder why there is a delayed or lack of response to our interactions. Sometimes it is even worse, a total lack of emotional response to external stimuli. There is the flat affect, stiff motor movements, visual disturbances, etc. which decrease their quality of life. I am …

Staffing and Rapid Tests

Angie Szumlinski News

Staffing challenges have become the “norm” in post-acute care, there just aren’t enough caregivers to go around. Is this due to the pandemic? Maybe, maybe not, but whatever the cause, we are all struggling to staff our centers with competent, caring staff. Hopefully, we can avoid the “warm body syndrome” where we hire employees to “fill positions” versus hiring employees …

Staffing Challenges!

Angie Szumlinski News

If it makes you feel any better, you aren’t alone, every aspect of the healthcare industry is struggling with staffing challenges. I recently spent several days visiting an acute care hospital, in the emergency department, and on an inpatient unit, and it was obvious that staffing was not where it should have been. I’m not saying the care was “bad” …

Spilled salt next to a salt shaker

Let Them Eat!

Angie Szumlinski News

We all know that too much sodium in our diet is not healthy, right? As caregivers we watch our residents who are on low sodium diets, push food away, refusing to eat, because there is no “flavor”. The physician comes in and orders a low sodium diet because that is what we have always done for residents with a diagnosis …

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Reviewing Staffing Agency Contracts from an Insurance Perspective

Christina Nechiporchik News

Staffing shortages continue to dominate the industry rendering it difficult for post-acute care providers to maintain consistent levels of staff and quality care. To ease the staffing burden, providers are requesting assistance from staffing agencies. While this is an efficient solution, providers should try and avoid some common pitfalls when it comes to signing staffing agreements. Reviewing the indemnification and …

Negotiating Agency Contracts

Christina Nechiporchik News

Staffing shortages continue to dominate the industry rendering it difficult for long-term care providers to maintain consistent levels of staff and quality care. Most providers are watching their staff quit the industry entirely or switch over to temporary staffing agencies to make more money. To ease the staffing burden, providers are requesting assistance from staffing agencies. While this is an …

What Time is It?

Angie Szumlinski News

Did you know that when we switch from “Standard Time” (ST) to “Daylight Savings Time” (DST) that there is an increase in traffic accidents, cardiovascular events, and other health hazards? Geez, and we thought we just lost an hour of sleep, right? Well, studies have shown that there are many negatives to losing that one hour of sleep every spring, …

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Aspirin – The Good, Bad and Ugly

Angie Szumlinski News

We all know the miracle drug, as children growing up, we had yummy, orange-flavored little tablets that we used for everything from headaches to skinned knees! Then, as we aged, our physicians recommended that we take one low-dose tablet of aspirin a day to assist in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. All good, right? Well, not so fast! In October …

The End of a Journey?

Angie Szumlinski News

COVID-19, the pandemic of 2020, SARS, Corona Virus, vaccinations, monoclonal antibodies, Dr. Fauci, Will Smith? Are we really at the end of a journey? Maybe, just maybe, or are we on a new journey? One where people openly disrespect each other? The headline on national news is no longer COVID or Dr. Fauci but rather, Will Smith, Chris Rock, and …