If at first you don’t succeed…well, you know the rest: Try, try again! How often do we ask residents to join us for exercise class or another activity, have them say “no”, and we say “ok” and move on to the next person. Then after a few “no thank-you’s” from them, we give up asking… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for July 12, 2020: Try, Try Again
Tidbit of the Week for July 5, 2020: Don’t Mask Your Feelings! Tips for Communicating with your residents while wearing PPE
We hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July holiday weekend! With COVID-19, care providers need to wear masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) that prevent spread of the disease – but masks can also cause communication challenges, particularly for older adults living with dementia. This 20-minute video shows simple, effective ways to… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for July 5, 2020: Don’t Mask Your Feelings! Tips for Communicating with your residents while wearing PPE
First off, we hope all of you who are nursing assistants had a wonderful Nursing Assistant Appreciation Week and that your residents and fellow staff helped you feel appreciated, valued and loved! These have been very difficult months for all of us, but your commitment to your work and the residents you serve while putting… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for June 28, 2020: Volunteers for Outdoor Walks
Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads and grandfathers! Speaking of dads, sometimes it can be challenging to find activities that the men in your communities find enjoyable. We’ve come up with some ideas for physical activities that may be more appealing to the guys. Lots of these can be done outside too, which… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for June 21, 2020: Activity Ideas for the Guys
As long term care communities slowly reopen to visitors, keep in mind that meeting outdoors is likely the safer for your residents and their visitors, and the warmer June weather will help with this! The American Health Care Association (AHCA) suggests opening outdoor courtyards to residents and visitors. If your facility doesn’t have a courtyard,… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for June 14, 2020: Reconnecting–Safely and Creatively
These are challenging times to be sure. Not only are you and your staff working on the front lines during a global pandemic that disproportionately affects your residents, we are also in the midst of a national crisis as we face the injustice and racism that still exists throughout the country and within its systems.… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for June 7, 2020: Mental Health Resources for Frontline Staff
Since most of us, and certainly your residents, have spent the last few months limiting our travels to home, work, and essential visits to a grocery store, we could sure use a change of scenery! These simple, one-minute movement videos by Kay Vannorman from Brilliant Aging showcase the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Montana, Hawaii… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for May 31, 2020: Residents can enjoy a change of scenery while they exercise
We have a few tips and a tool to share with you this week. First off…Mask Hacks! Are you sore behind your ears from wearing a mask 8 to 12 hours a day? Well, nurse.org has some simple and creative ways to help make those masks more comfortable. Give one (or two!) of these ideas… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for May 24, 2020: COVID Mask Hacks & Other Tips
We’d like to shine a light on long term care community staff and residents who are doing great things during this COVID-19 crisis! This week, we give a special shout out to Sherry Stick, the Fitness & Aquatics Coordinator at Carroll Lutheran Village, who has recorded some wonderful exercise videos that her residents love, and… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for May 17, 2020: Spotlight on Heroes Among Us!
Music has enormous power. It can motivate. It can soothe. It can make you smile, and move you to tears. It is more accessible now than ever before, and we aren’t using it enough in long term care. We have seen first-hand how simply turning off the television in a common area and turning on… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for February 23, 2020: Let the Music Move You
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