Halloween is fast approaching (this Saturday!), so we thought now would be a good time to address the fears that some of your residents may have about walking, other physical activity, and falling. It’s easy to understand that if a person has fallen before and gotten hurt, that they are afraid of falling again. Because of… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for October 25, 2020: Address Fears about Physical Activity this Halloween
While some nursing homes and assisted living residences are beginning to open their doors to visitors from family and friends, some are still unable do so because of high COVID-rates in the community or a recent outbreak within the nursing home or assisted living. DailyCaring.com has a helpful article with some tips on how to… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for October 18, 2020: Make Video Call Visits Easier
If you’re looking for some new ways to safely engage residents with dementia while still practicing social distancing, we have some ideas for you! The first are from Positive Approach to Care (www.TeepaSnow.com). Click here to see a list of 13 Engagement Ideas While Practicing Social Distancing, and we think you’ll discover at least a… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for October 11, 2020: Ways to Engage Residents During COVID-19…and Beyond!
Our residents may not be doing cartwheels or the splits anymore, but being flexible makes it easier to take part in activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, bathing and transferring. Stretching can improve flexibility—and it feels good too! No equipment is needed, and every little bit helps. You can lead flexibility exercises with… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for October 4, 2020: Learn to Be Flexible!
Just about everyone who works with people with dementia can tell you how difficult it can sometimes be to get them to take a shower. DailyCaring.com has a helpful article with 7 tips on how to get a person with dementia to take a shower. Click here to read the full article. Below are the… Continue reading Tidbit of the Week for September 27, 2020: Shower Time
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!
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