SENIOR CARE Solutions

Insights for Better Care

Discover real stories and professional advice on enhancing care at every level in Minnesota's healthcare facilities.

Reduce Immediate Jeopardy Tags With Appropriate Sling Use

High staff turnover and COVID-19 focus on infection control have led to more regulatory scrutiny in nursing homes. Inappropriate sling use is a growing concern. Facilities should ensure proper sling size, documented plans, staff training, and regular audits to prevent resident injuries.

Get Updated on the 2022 Legislative Changes to the Assisted Living License

This blog by Julie Dietz summarizes changes to Minnesota's assisted living laws. Key changes include updating resident rights regarding privacy and adding contact info for complaint reporting. The assisted living contract must now include termination grounds and the facility ID number.

Latest Updates on the MDH Assisted Living License Survey Trends

This blog post by Julie Dietz, a senior assisted living consultant, summarizes the most common deficiencies found in recent Minnesota assisted living facility inspections.

Is Your Coffee Too Hot?

This blog post warns about the burn risk from hot coffee in healthcare facilities. While coffee should ideally brew at 195°F, safe drinking temperature is much lower (155°F can burn in 1 second!). Lowering brewing temperature sacrifices flavor. The solution is to prevent spills with locked machines, air pots, travel mugs, etc. pen_spark

How Supplemental Nurses and Caregivers Can Help Your Assisted Living Staffing Plan

This blog post tackles healthcare staffing shortages. It highlights the use of supplemental staffing agencies and offers 3 key tips for facilities: 1) Verify agency accreditation, 2) Ensure staff meet facility requirements, and 3) Conduct thorough agency orientations. These steps help maintain quality care and compliance during staffing shortages.

Five Creative Ideas for Leaders to Help Keep Your Team Engaged

We offer tips for leaders to bring fun into the workplace. Ideas include holding meetings in new locations, having team lunches, taking walks, incorporating fun elements into stand-up meetings, and organizing monthly team-building activities. It emphasizes that having fun boosts morale and shows investment in employees.

Lores Consulting and Senior Care Solutions Proudly Announce their Strategic Partnership!

Senior Care Solutions (SCS) announces a partnership with Lores Consulting, expanding into Home Care and Hospice services. Lores Vlaminck, a retiring expert, joins forces with SCS's Michelle Stober. Both are passionate about quality care and aim to serve a wider client base. SCS is also affiliating with relevant industry groups in Minnesota.

Navigating the Holidays through Grief

The holidays can be tough for those grieving. This blog post offers tips for coping, like acknowledging your feelings, creating new traditions, and setting boundaries. It also suggests honoring your loved one and practicing self-care. Remember, grief is personal, so be kind to yourself.

The Heart of the Holidays: Meals in Assisted Living

Assisted living holiday meals are social events, but food safety is crucial. Staff should prioritize proper hygiene, temperature control, storage, and kitchen checks. Consider adaptations for resident needs while maintaining festive flavors. By following these tips, communities can celebrate safely and spread holiday cheer.

Nursing Home OSHA Ergonomics Program Law Effective 1/01/24

The 2023 Legislative Session passed a law effective January 1st , 2024 stating healthcare entities must have an ergonomics program (healthcare entity includes Nursing Homes).

The Benefits of Mock Surveys in Hospice

Mock surveys rehearse official inspections for hospices, pinpointing areas for improvement before real surveys. This helps staff prepare, identifies weaknesses, and boosts confidence.

Hospice Compliance and Oversight

A recent surge in concerns about hospice care quality led to stricter regulations. The Hospice Act of 2021 requires tighter oversight, improved quality metrics, and stronger patient protections.