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Poems

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
Every day, there are so many opportunities to witness the joys, frailties, regrets, hopes, fears, acts of kindness or vengeance, shyness, resilience, and love that occur in the life of staff, patients and peers in our busy venues. There is material for a lifetime. To pause and recognize what was just witnessed, write that raw information down, categorize it within our library of thoughts and feelings, see where it fits, and share it with others so engaged, if it helps them with their perspective, enthusiasm.

Care Right Where You Are: Treating in Place to Avoid an Emergency Department Visit or Hospitalization

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
There has never been a more important time to implement treating-in-place for skilled nursing facility residents than the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With emergency department (ED) and hospital beds filling with potentially contagious patients and health care staff stretched to respond to a demanding infection, managing residents within the SNF has become a priority.

2020 Medical Director of the Year Is King of the Road and a Hero to Many

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
If you want to talk with Fred Feinsod, MD, MPH, DSc, CMD, FACP, don’t be surprised if that means catching him on the road. Dr. Feinsod, AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s 2020 Medical Director of the Year, serves hundreds of nursing home residents throughout the state of Colorado, and he travels hundreds of miles every week to serve them. For many of these residents and the staff who care for them in rural facilities, he is a hero who touches their lives in a powerful way.

Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations in the Health and Well-being of the World’s Aging Citizens

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
William Haseltine, PhD, is cautiously optimistic about the future of aging in this country. However, he also acknowledges many challenges still need to be addressed. In his most recent book, Aging Well: Solutions to the Most Pressing Global Challenges of Aging (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), he and coauthor Jean Galiana, MASM, RCFE, identify some of these challenges and offer innovative solutions. Through interviews with experts and leaders in the field, they have created a vision of how providers and government entities around the world can work to improve elder care and social support systems and enhance the well-being of older adults.

Empowering Staff and Partnering with Families in the Midst of a Pandemic

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
Facilities across the country may find themselves in different stages of the pandemic. Adjust the recommendations to suit your facility’s needs.

PALTC Leaders Talk Partnerships for Better Health Outcomes

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
For over 20 years, FMDA – The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has been hosting the National Leaders Forum during its annual conference. It has welcomed a long list of exceptional national leaders of organizations that have had a positive impact on the continuum of care.

Comment on: Failing or Graduating?

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00

Failing or Graduating?

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 00:00
The other day a friend remarked to me that her father was failing. He was in his 80s and had retired from a career he enjoyed for many years, one that had provided a good lifestyle for him and his family. From all I knew about this man, he had lived a very good life — and now he was “failing”? When a person is failing, there is usually something they can do about it. Failing a course in school means you might need to study more. Failing at work means you should consider speaking with your manager and discussing solutions.

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