AHRQ Learning Module for Supporting Nursing Home Residents’ Emotional Health (5/22)

AHRQ has released a new module to help frontline nursing home staff support their residents’ emotional health. The video module is designed to be self-paced and provides guidance on how staff can identify signs of depression in their residents and better support their emotional needs. It also provides ideas on …

Becoming a Fiscally Savvy DNS – Part 2: Budget, Revenue, and Five-Star Ratings

When one considers financial management, thoughts usually go to managing expenses first, which part one of this series discussed. However, managing revenue, Five-Star ratings, and the budgeting process are equally important to keeping the nursing department and the facility as a whole financially sound. The second part of this article series will …

Preventing Unnecessary ED Visits: Steps That Can Reassure Residents and Families

Residents or their family members sometimes demand to be sent to the emergency department (ED) for an issue that the nursing home can handle in-house. Unnecessary ED trips can disrupt the continuity of care, be traumatic for the residents, and potentially lead to hospital inpatient admissions that could have been …

TIP: NETEC Presents Staff Resiliency in Long Term Care Podcast

Facility leaders can listen to a new free podcast from the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) regarding staff resiliency in long-term care. Dr. Vanessa Raabe, MD discusses areas such as how staff burnout affects long-term care organizations and what organizations can do to boost resiliency personally …

Q&A: Do 48-hour care plan meetings need to be completed for readmissions?

Question: Do 48-hour care plan meetings need to be completed for readmissions? Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC [email protected]: Assuming the resident already had the Admission MDS completed on their original stay, no new baseline care plan or meeting is required upon readmission because the comprehensive …

AHRQ: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (5/22)

Nursing home leaders can reference this resource to ensure that the facility’s emergency preparedness plan is current and captures an all-hazards approach to meeting the health, safety, and security needs of staff and residents during an emergency or disaster. Resource: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF, 236 …

CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers UPDATED (5/22)

The CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers provides information and instructions pertaining to the CASPER Reporting application. This system enables users to connect electronically to the National Reporting Database. This guide is intended for use as a reference and learning tool for accessing CASPER Reports. Section 13 was updated …

AHRQ 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Staff Support, Resident Support, Leadership, Post-Vaccination Practice, COVID-19 Identification and Prevention, Vaccination and Testing (5/22)

These brief videos offer self-paced learning for those on the front lines of nursing home care. This includes nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary, and maintenance staff, and others. Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff series This series of three learning modules features strategies to help nursing home teams recognize and manage …

Nurse Leaders, You Make a Noticeable Difference

Nurse leaders are essential to any long-term and post-acute care facility. These nurses fearlessly take responsibility for the success of their team and for quality resident care delivery. They spearhead the nursing department, overcoming obstacles and accepting challenges daily—whether it’s deciphering new regulations, dealing with difficult situations, problem solving for …

Family Reluctance for Hospice: Keys to Overcoming Stigmas

“When does Mom get the black pill?” Families sometimes ask hospice providers this type of question—mistakenly thinking that hospice is a form of assisted suicide—even though hospice services were introduced in the United States more than 40 years ago, says Rick Russell, MBA, BSN, RN, CHPCA, president/CEO of Hospice of Northwest …