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Residents Rights: Don’t Ignore Them!

By Heather Brown
September 23, 2016

The best assisted living facilities are owned and operated by dedicated administrators and caregivers. Creating a comfortable living environment requires commitment, time, and knowledge. Every state has their own requirements and guidelines on how to properly start, manage, and provide for your residents. One of the common concepts in all states is your residents have ...

6 Steps to Fire Safety Training in Your Adult Residential Care Facility

By Heather Brown
September 02, 2016

Fires are unpredictable and occur in the blink of an eye. Common fire starters include faulty wiring, wildfires, and human error. When they happen – they bring destruction, stress, chaos, and sometimes injury and death. According to FEMA, older adults are 2.5 times more likely to die as a result of a fire than other ...

Prepare for Hurricanes

By Heather Brown
July 22, 2016

June 1st marked the first day of hurricane season. If you are an adult residential care home or facility located in a hurricane zone, it is important that you prepare for hurricanes now. Hurricanes bring high winds, a great amount of rainfall, and wreak havoc on the communities they hit. Areas prone to high hurricane ...

3 Keys to Successfully Relocating a Resident

By Heather Brown
July 15, 2016

Adult residential care home owners have a great responsibility in providing quality care to the residents in their home. Residential care settings offer different types of care from independent living to assistance with daily living tasks.  During their time in the home, the residents quickly become extended members of the provider’s family. Developing family-type bonds ...

12 Best Balanced Exercises for Seniors and Elderly to Help Prevent Falls

By Heather Brown
June 24, 2015

We take balance for granted though it is an important part of our lives. As we age our balance declines and as many as 45% of the elderly fall annually. They mainly fall because of: Poor vision Weak legs and hips Poor posture that makes it hard for them to stand erect Drug interaction that ...

The Use of Power Strips in Patient Care Areas

By Heather Brown
June 10, 2015

The use of power strips in patient care areas has become widespread. If they are not used in the right way they can result in injuries, fines, and citations. Convenience of power strips is undeniable but the hazards that they prevent in assisted care living facility are less known. Power strips that are misused will ...

Fun Activities for Residents in your AFH

By brian barrick
February 14, 2014

Having a plan in place for when disaster hits your assisted living facility is highly important. Your assisted living facility is home to people who may have extreme stress during a disaster and you want to make it as easy on them as you can by having a plan in place for all disasters. All ...

What Should Your Fire Safety Plan Include?

By brian barrick
February 13, 2014

If you own or manage an assisted living facility, it is vital that you have a comprehensive fire safety plan in place before an emergency occurs. The first step for any assisted living facility is to prepare a comprehensive written fire safety plan. This written plan should outline specifically what steps should be followed by ...

Where to Search for Qualified Employees

By brian barrick
February 12, 2014

Employment at assisted living facilities involves assisting elderly, ill and disabled people many times inside the patient’s home. Assisted living employees may need to understand therapeutic care and social work, but it mainly depends on the needs of the assisted living facility. The best candidates for this job will have experience in professional environments involving health care ...

How Many Caregivers per Residents is Enough?

By brian barrick
November 06, 2013

What is the number of caregivers required in assisted living facilities per resident? The more caregivers the assisted living facility has, the better the care will be, but this is rule of thumb and not a legal requirement. However, the Assisted Living Federation of America also known as ALFA leaves the number of staffing levels ...

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