Pandemic and Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski News

It likely comes as no surprise to providers that during the first year of the pandemic, residents in centers with active COVID-19 cases experienced significant increases in mortality and functional decline compared with the pre-pandemic period. Not shocking, right? What is interesting are the findings related to weight loss and depressive symptoms during the pandemic. In a study published in …

Ep 27: Arbitration Agreements – How and Why

Andrea Haupt Podcast

Christina Nechiporchik, Associate General Counsel for HealthCap talks with John Hessburg, Senior Partner at the law firm of Kitch where he leads the Post Acute Practice group. Also included in the conversation is Drew Flichak, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Compliance Office at Vivage Senior Living. Listen as they talk about why we should be talking about arbitration agreements after …

Obesity – More Than That!

Angie Szumlinski News

You are likely tired of my lectures about being fit, however, obesity continues to be a challenge for many Americans, and although we know the risks of being overweight, many people continue to struggle. Yes, weight management is difficult at best, and even when we run the risk of becoming diabetic, developing cardiovascular disease, damaging our weight bearing joints, etc. …

Ep 26: Instilling a Culture of Compassion in Your Organization with Glenn Van Ekeren

Andrea Haupt Podcast

Angie talks with Vetter Health Services President, Glenn Van Ekeren about their belief that it’s not about putting years in the life, but putting life in the years. Quality care is determined by a mindset to do what’s right, and that comes from compassion. Listen to learn about instilling a culture of compassion in your organization. Ep 26: Instilling a …

Podcast: Ep. 25 – Staffing Challenges: Recruitment & Retention Strategies with Allyson Bakewell, Ciena

Angie Szumlinski Podcast

In this episode, we’ll talk about the staffing challenges facing the senior living industry. Angie Szumlinski talks with Allyson Bakewell, Director of Talent Acquisition for Ciena Healthcare about what they’re doing to attract and retain talent. Ep 25: Staffing Challenges: Recruitment & Retention Strategies with Allyson Bakewell, Ciena In this episode, we’ll talk about the staffing challenges facing the senior …

COVID and Diabetes

Angie Szumlinski News

In a recent study, researchers found that people with diabetes are 1.76 times more likely to die from COVID, 1.59 times more likely to be admitted to ICU, 1.44 times more likely to require ventilation, and 2.88 times more likely to be classed as severe or critical when compared to patients without diabetes. Honestly, this isn’t really surprising if you …

Yes, COVID AGAIN

Angie Szumlinski News

Honestly, it just doesn’t seem to ever end, that light at the end of the tunnel sure looks like an oncoming train! The minute we are told to unmask, COVID infection numbers and hospitalizations skyrocket. The minute we think we can breathe easy we are told not to breathe without a mask on! The reason? A significant proportion of COVID-19 …

Finally!

Angie Szumlinski News

For the past several years, post-acute care providers have beat the drum, “send us help”, “send us supplies”, “send us staff”, but to no avail. The general public was and continues to be told we didn’t do our job in protecting our residents. Not only is this information hurtful, it is also false, each and every one of us did …

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Angie Szumlinski News

Whenever I hear the term PTSD, I think about the many men and women who served their country and are living with this debilitating diagnosis. Thanking them for their service is easy, living with PTSD is not. What we rarely think about are other people, maybe someone you know, who may be living with PTSD without ever having served their …

OSHA Focused Surveys

Cathy Hamblen Announcements

If you were contacted by OSHA during the COVID-19 pandemic, be prepared for an onsite visit in the next 3 months. Today the Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an enforcement memorandum for a short-term increase in highly focused inspections directed at hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities that treat or handle COVID-19 patients. Their goal is to expand …