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“Something’s Not Right with Mary.”

“Something’s Not Right with Mary.” Sometimes the aide is the first to know. Dementia is a slow process, and changes can be very subtle at first. Things that have been changing very gradually over time may escape the family’s notice, and sometimes it’s just plain denial…but long-term care providers...


Four Risk Factors that can Ruin Your Day… or Your Life

Four Risk Factors that can Ruin Your Day… or Your Life Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue, Complacency These are the four top reasons why rules get ignored and accidents happen—whether at home, at work, or in care settings. Last month we talked about how they can affect the elderly patient. But...


Safety is Our #1 Priority

Safety is Our #1 Priority “Not guilty!” And still, the facility must pay. Christine Mitchell, 70, was in Grace Healthcare of Tucker, Ga. for long-term care following debilitating strokes. A non-restraint facility, Grace Healthcare had rules in place requiring that two aides perform bedmaking duties together. This time, however,...


Drug-resistant Fungal Outbreak Worries Public Health Watchdogs

Resistant, persistent, and dangerous, especially to seniors Candida auris, a variant of a common Candida fungal yeast found in the environment, was only identified in 2009. Since then, however, it has become a serious problem in several countries, and is spreading rapidly in hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout...


Boomer Seniors Rock the Home Care Scene

Boomer Seniors Rock the Home Care Scene   As we discussed last week, trends in senior care are changing. “Aging in place” is now the preferred choice of 90% of seniors over 65. This means staying in the home, after making the necessary accommodations for the needs of aging...