Documentation Keys

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

COVID-19 Guidance It is imperative for facilities to be able to demonstrate the actions they have taken (and continue to take) to protect residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The best way to do this is via documentation. Having a “COVID-19 Response” file to record and store copies of documents will keep a timeline of the preventative actions they …

Illustration of medical staff in front of nursing home

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

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 …

Warning

Infection Control Signage

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The CDC has released updated precautions to take to keep COVID-19 from entering your facility. Please review (and use!) the below signs to ensure all who enter are aware of what precautions they should be taking. New Signage Available: Airborne Precautions Airborne Precautions (Spanish Version) Contact Precautions Contact Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions Droplet Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions (Special- …

Nurse multitasking

Care Efficiency – Bundling Tasks

Angie Szumlinski Health

During these difficult times, it is critically important to decrease the risk of resident and staff exposure to COVID-19.  The nature of what we do day-to-day lends itself to risk so it might be time to step back and re-evaluate how we do things as this is how “we have always done it” may not be an option anymore. There …

Cognitive Decline or Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Recent studies have shown that constant changes in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for processing memory, play a role in increasing the risk of being diagnosed with dementia. In this study, it was observed that the greater the hearing impairment, the weaker the brain plasticity in the hippocampus, and the weaker the ability to change and adapt …

The Next Meal…Food for Thought

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Researchers in France conducted a study focusing on diet, the combination of foods consumed, and the impact it may have on dementia. What the researchers found is that it wasn’t necessarily the quantity of food that was a determining fact in diagnosis, but rather food choices. The study participants were those living with dementia and patients with no symptoms or …

Therapist helping patient walk

What about Rehab?

Angie Szumlinski Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has arrived and as providers, we need to make some tough decisions regarding what is considered “essential” and how that decision may impact our residents. Determining whether a skilled physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist should enter your community to provide services can be difficult. Do you assess the level of need/potential decline the resident may …

Infection Control – Focused Surveys

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Health

As we continue to struggle with the effects of COVID-19 in our centers, the loss of life, devastating illness, and the negative effects of isolation, CMS is continuing to perform focused infection control surveys. Yes, that piece of our life has also changed as well, these surveys will be performed remotely with limited “on-site” time. Some states are allowing 100% …

Stress and COVID

Lisa O'Neill Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is something we will be talking about for years to come! Our lives have been turned upside down and stress levels are on the rise. Long-term care communities have been placed in quarantine situations including visitor restrictions where we have to explain to residents why their loved ones can’t be with them. We also have our caregivers …

Sailing Boat Yacht in Rough Seas

COVID-19: Navigating the Pandemic

Lisa O'Neill Health

Understanding staff needs and emotions during a pandemic is an important piece of the puzzle of navigating the pandemic. Team Members Recognize that there are team members who have logistical challenges outside of work; young children who are home due to school closures, providing care for a loved one at home, a partner who has lost their job due to …