Nurse Burnout Affects Senior Patients

During National Nurses Week, May 5th - May 12th, we recognize nurses as highly skilled, caring and often unsung professionals who play an invaluable role in healthcare. It’s also a good time to acknowledge a critical issue affecting both ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 8/15/12 Recap: Avoiding Burnout

A record-breaking 91 participants attended last week’s chat on burnout (seems this is an issue that many can relate to, yes?). While you engaged and conversed, I was avoiding burnout by taking a week to rest and recharge in the ...

 
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In Senior Living, Staff At Risk for “Compassion Fatigue”

Jobs marked by constant, intense personal interactions and the provision of direct care (bathing, dressing, medical attention, feeding, etc.) can be emotionally and physically draining. Consequently in assisted living and other care settings serving seniors, burnout is common if staff ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 5/2/12 Recap: The Importance of Respite

Even if we’re not directly involved in caregiving, we all need time to recharge. All too often though, we pack our weekends with more activities than rest. We spend Saturdays and Sundays catching up on home improvement projects, errands, ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 9/21/11 Recap: Best Caregiving Tips

This Wednesday, 62 diverse and dynamic eldercare tweeps shared their best and favorite caregiving tips.

Moderated by Denise Brown (@caregiving), the chat produced a total of 667 tweets, with each participant contributing about 11 tweets (thanks to analytics from The Fox Group).

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Why Activity Directors Need Respite Care

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about activities in assisted living. The post took on a life of its own, with 44 comments and counting...

Clearly the topic of meaningful, age-appropriate activities for residents in assisted living communities (or any senior living community, for that matter) is one that provokes much discussion. New and seasoned activity professionals from across the country weighed in; they asked questions, sought advice, and ...

 
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The Dutch Approach to the Nursing Shortage

We have a real problem on our hands here in the United States – the nursing shortage. Thanks to the rapid graying of our population, the nursing shortage is a problem that becomes much, much bigger.

Data from the year 2000 indicates that 12.4% of Americans are 65 and older. Before long, we’ll have updated data, thanks to the 2010 census; undoubtedly, it will indicate a rise in that percentage.

Although a move towards ...

 
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Respite Care: A Caregiver’s Best Friend

Many assisted living facilities offer respite care, a valuable service for family caregivers. In fact, you can search for respite providers here on SeniorsforLiving.
Merriam-Webster describes respite as an interval of rest or relief. These intervals can vary in length, purpose and location. Sometimes, a family member needs major surgery and cannot care for his loved one during the three-week recovery period. Maybe a spouse who has been caring for ...

 
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