Approaching 2018 with Open Minds and Open Hearts

The past year was an interesting year for the field of aging services and specifically skilled care – challenging workforce dynamics, funding reductions, and increased regulatory scrutiny. I guess you could take the positive approach and say aside from those it was a pretty good year. Those with a less positive view could see 2017 […]

Seasons Greetings

During 2017 the field of aging services has overcome a multitude of challenges as we serve residents, families and your teams. We have also been very blessed with the support given to our passion of impacting leaders and teams in world of long term care. We greatly appreciate your support of our efforts. We look […]

Learning to Fear…Less

The key to success is striving to see clearly what is desired, setting our heart and whole being to the task, and implementing a thoughtful plan. Doing this can help overcome a variety of challenges and help us fear…less. –  LindaShell.com Long term care can be a scary place right now. Workforce issues, regulatory challenges […]

What is Your W.I.N. For Today? Why Leaders Must Know…

Let’s face it – the field of aging services is a change driven, chaotic environment. You start each day with plans and goals in place, only to find those altered by staffing challenges, resident needs, problem follow-up, and occasionally a visit from “friends” from the health department. So how do you find success in this […]

Six Tips for DONs to Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season

Contributed by By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, AADNS

‘Tis the season! The season for giving. The season for family. The season for peppermint mocha lattés. But for directors of nursing across the country, it’s also the season for stress. Between planning holiday parties and activities for your residents, juggling holiday staffing schedules—not to mention the constant stressors of regulatory changes, staffing issues, and […]

Is There a Correlation Between 5-Star Ratings and Social Media Reviews?

I recently read an article questioning the validity of social media ratings in long-term care vs. the rating system provided by CMS and I think the conversation should be expanded on. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services did a fantastic job when they created their 5-star review system, but similar to other government agencies, […]

Being Thankful

Watch our video on “Positive Thinking – Being Thankful” These days Thanksgiving is a time typically known for remembering the pilgrims (time to pull out the history books), being with family, shopping, football and eating much more that we should in any four-day period. Historically Thanksgiving was a time the first settlers celebrated simply making it […]

Expanding Pharmacogenetics Testing Program for Long Term Care

Aligning Rx with DNA – Serving One Resident at a Time

Dr. Linda Shell RN (LindaShell.com), in conjunction with PGx Medical (PGxMed.com), announces expansion of program for pharmacogenetics testing in aging services.  Pharmacogenetics, a simple one-time diagnostic lab, covered by Medicare B, assists providers in aligning medications with a person’s DNA. Genetic testing has been used extensively in patients with arthritis, anticoagulants, and cancer for many […]

Pharmacogenetics A Better Treatment Option

No matter what you do as a physician or pharmacist, some patients will respond far better to treatment than others, and some will have adverse side effects. Clay Bullard, President PGx Medical Medications can be very helpful and effective, but in approximately 40% of depression cases, drug therapy is ineffective. There is pharmacogenetic information available […]

SOCIAL SECURITY (NOTHING TO DO WITH RETIREMENT BENEFITS)

Last night we got a phone call from a company who; after terminating an employee, discovered that he had Admin access on their Facebook page. That access allowed him to remove all the other administrators on their Facebook page, change their cover and profile pictures, post rants about him being terminated from the company and […]