This Tuesday is the first day of Autumn, often referred to as “fall” as we see leaves falling and feel temperatures falling too. Fall also gets us thinking about…well…falls. This year especially, with residents staying in their rooms more due to COVID-19, and group exercises, family visits, outings and activities cancelled or minimized, residents may… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for September 20, 2020: Let’s Talk About Falls
Some of you may be starting to open your residences to outside visitors if your community levels of COVID-19 are low. If that’s the case, that is wonderful and we wish you the best as you reopen! As you know, opening your doors to visitors requires some additional considerations. Beyond the obvious ones around infection… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for September 13, 2020: Preparing Residents for Family Visits
As you and your colleagues understandably have been focused on identifying symptoms of COVID-19 in your residents, try not to overlook other acute changes that can signal medical issues that may require prompt attention. Changes in a resident’s cognition, function and/or behavior are often red flags that something else is happening. For example, if a… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for September 6, 2020: Be Alert for Changes in Condition
Staff huddles are a key strategy for maintaining effective communication between co-workers in long term care. COVID-19 has shed a spotlight on the importance of these huddles, not only for infection prevention and control, but as a way for co-workers to share their concerns about the pandemic and keep each other going. And now, when… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for August 30, 2020: Improve Your Huddles
Last year, long before we knew that 2020 would be a year of “stay-cations” due to COVID-19, our friends at Brittany Pointe in Pennsylvania came up with a great idea to mix walking with history, without leaving home! They developed a walking “tour” of Philadelphia complete with a map and pictures of historical sites around… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for August 23, 2020: Tour the City of Brotherly Love–Without Leaving Home!
Last week, we talked about reflecting on three “good things” you were grateful for each week. This week, we’d like you focus on your residents. What three good things do you think each of them is grateful for this week, and how can you play a role in making those things happen? With the confusion… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for August 16, 2020: Extend Your Shine!
The stress, frustration and sometimes even the sadness of these past 6 months can become overwhelming for all of us. One way to help change our perspective and feel better amidst the chaos is to think of three good things that have happened to you or around you this week. These can be BIG things—or,… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for August 9, 2020: What 3 Things Are You Grateful for This Week?
Some of your communities may now be allowing family members and friends to visit your residents, though most likely it is outside with some type of barrier between them, or at least 6 feet away with everyone wearing masks. No socially distant or virtual visit can take the place of holding hands or giving a… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for August 2, 2020: Prevent “Touch Starvation” During COVID-19
Resistance exercises are a great way to improve and maintain strength in older adults, are easy to teach, and don’t require lots of expensive equipment to buy, store and clean (which is key these days!). The National Institute on Aging has a great book of exercise ideas, tips and helpful pictures to show how to… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for July 26, 2020: Easy Exercise Ideas for Residents
You and your staff have likely spent a lot of time over the past five months reassuring the families and friends of your residents that you are doing all you can to keep them safe during this pandemic. The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine created a 10-minute video that highlights the ways that… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for July 19, 2020: Video for Families of You Assisted Living Residents
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