Friday, August 1, 2014

Elder Abuse Prevention Initiative Highlights Critical Role of Direct-Care Workers

A framework to address elder abuse prevention and prosecution through a set of "strategic priorities" identified by hundreds of stakeholders recognizes the valuable role direct-care workers can play in preventing, reporting, and responding to elder abuse. Read more...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

STUDY: Empowering Nursing Home Employees Improves Care Quality

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology found that empowering nursing assistants (NAs) in nursing home decision making can positively influence care quality from the perspective of nursing home residents' families. Read more...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun and Fitness at Senior Games

A resident and two volunteers along with the resident director from Alliance member, Parkside Manor, and the activity director from member Grande Prairie, are all quoted in this Racine Journal Times article about fun at the Tri County Senior "Olympics!"

"Some athletes have been training for weeks in anticipation of this year’s Tri-County Senior Olympics. Others may attend the Aug. 13 event at Sturtevant’s Fountain Banquet Hall for curiosity’s sake and end up going home with a medal. Read more..."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

REPORT: Direct Care Workers Should be Trained in Dementia Care

The creation of new dementia-specific training curricula for direct-care workers is one of 25 "high-impact policy solutions" offered by the RAND Corporation to address the need for better dementia care. Read more...

Friday, June 27, 2014

STUDY: Positive Interactions Among Nursing Home Staff Improve Outcomes

Positive interactions among nursing home staff improved teamwork and led to better responses to care-related issues, according to a study published at BMC Health Services Research on June 5. Read more...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What Makes a Good Caregiver? The Most Important Trait of All

I’ve been covering the world of long-term care for almost 20 years now, focusing for more than half that time on direct care workers, so I’ve thought a lot about the many traits—including competence, compassion, reliability, attentiveness and patience—that make good direct care workers so good at their work. But not until my own mom became a “total care” nursing home resident did I learn to appreciate what I now think is the most important trait of all.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Op-Ed: Home Care Workers Deserve Better

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case brought by Evelyn Coke, a home-care worker who sought payment of back wages from her former East Meadow employer for unpaid overtime.