Tag: senior living

Senior living facilities provides Alexa to all residents

In an effort to empower residents, Eskaton Village Roseville in Sacramento, CA, has provided every resident with the Alexa Echo smartphone device. Residents can use the device to play music, turn on lights, games, an entertainment, all by voice. “Eskaton’s expansion into voice is a testament to this organization’s track record and continued commitment to […]

Father’s Day is June 17: Plan a brunch at your senior living facility

The following tip comes from HCPro’s The Big Book of Senior Living Activities. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to engage your male residents and their families. Assisted living and other senior communities can plan a brunch, which usually involves a joint effort between the dietary department and activities department. Create invitations and mail them […]

Involving the whole staff in theft prevention

This article is an excerpt from HCPro’s popular title, The Theft Prevention Guide for Senior Living, by Stefanie Corbett, DHA. Unfortunately, if it is left up to the individual employee to decide whether something appears suspicious, some employees will not report anything. Different people have different perceptions. Each facility needs to identify what would be […]

Neuroscientists say this over-the-counter pill could ward off Alzheimer’s

Research has found that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have an elevated level of the protein called Abeta 42. Canadian neuroscientist Dr. Patrick McGeer and his wife, Dr. Edith McGeer, created a saliva test that can determine a person’s level of this protein, which according to McGeer and his team appears in the same elevated levels […]

The absence of this protein leads to rapid and severe bone loss

A new University at Buffalo study published on March 7 in the Journal of Dental Research found that when the gene needed to produce the protein tristetraprolin (TTP) was removed from healthy mice, the rodents’ bones took on the form of a much older animal. One function of the TTP protein is to regulate inflammation–a […]

Housekeeping for senior living (Part 3): Exposure control plan

In Part 2 of this series we covered safety tips for sharps management in a senior living facility. Part 3 will discuss explain what an exposure control plan is and what should be included, taken from Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, […]

Housekeeping for senior living part 2: Management of sharps

In Part 1 of this series we covered OSHA’s requirements for cleaning and disinfecting in a senior living facility. Part 2 will discuss guidelines that administrators should follow when training their housekeeping staff in sharps management, taken from Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, […]

Increasing communication with your residents who have dementia: Part 1 (of 4)

Listening to another person without a focus on words, as well as how to understand the differences that exist between communicators in processing information is an important aspect to understand when caring for residents with dementia. According to dementia expert Kerry C. Mills, MPA, author of Serving Residents With Dementia: Transforming Care Strategies for Assisted […]

OSHA increases penalty rates

To adjust for inflation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased their civil monetary penalties for other-than serious, serious, and failure to abate violations (from $12,615 per violation to $12,934, an increase of $319) as well as the penalty for willful and repeat violations (from $126,749 per violation to $129,336, an increase of $2, […]

[NEW] Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living

Senior living facilities are largely governed by individual state regulations, and many states do not mandate quality assurance and compliance checks. As a result, these organizations are left with few resources and limited funds to ensure quality; they also lack the monitoring necessary to measure and improve OSHA compliance, as well as ensure the effectiveness […]