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How to Handle Furnace Puff Backs

By brian barrick
January 31, 2012

The weather outside may be frightful, so it’s time to turn on your furnace and get nice and toasty, but what if there’s a problem with your adult care home’s furnace?  Warming up may not be your only problem, this could result in a case of furnace puff back. Furnace puff back is caused by ...

Trips & Tours for your residents

By brian barrick
January 31, 2012

Assisted Living Home residents, just like anyone else, needs to have fun in their life too. You can have holiday celebrations, musical events, exercise, and the list goes on and on, but you don’t want the residents getting bored with the same old bingo game do you? One activity that all residents are sure to ...

5 Tips to Better Sleep

By brian barrick
January 29, 2012

Throughout the day we may be exhausted and ready for bed, but by the time bed time hits we’re wide awake and then we think of how exhausted we’re going to be the next day if we don’t get sleep and then that anxiety keeps us up. Wow, that is tiring! Here are some tips ...

Tuberculosis Testing in your Adult Care Home

By brian barrick
January 27, 2012

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacterial microorganism that can affect almost any part of the body. There are two different ways you can get tested for Tuberculosis, a skin test or a blood test. The Mantoux tuberculin skin test is executed by inserting a small amount of tuberculin fluid into the lower ...

Managing Risk in Your Adult Care Home

By brian barrick
January 25, 2012

Don’t let a few hardships blind you from achieving your risk management goals! When times get tough, we must look a little harder to find the good in it. Don’t lose sight of the core strategies for success in the minor slip-ups that may occur. By keeping future possibilities insight, we are able to develop ...

Pet Therapy in your Assisted Living Facility

By brian barrick
January 24, 2012

Ahh! Not much is nicer then snuggling up in a nice cozy blanket except for if it’s a nice cozy dog instead. An up and coming idea for assisted living facilities is to hold a pet day where volunteers can bring in certified therapy pets. Before the residents came into your facility, almost all of ...

5 Tips to Exercising in Cold Weather

By brian barrick
January 21, 2012

We all know that when the weather starts to chill, let’s face it, so do our bodies and exercising is not on the top of our priority lists. Snuggling up in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate sounds like a better option, but it is very important to get your exercise in and ...

Employee Contracts in your Adult Care Facility

By brian barrick
January 18, 2012

In life not all endings have to be thought of in a negative light, but as a window to new opportunity. In the work place contracts are terminated, employees leave or are asked to leave, and outside providers may be let go as their services are no longer required. We are often blinded by our ...

Residents & Music!

By brian barrick
January 17, 2012

One hobby that manyenjoy is music. There are many different styles and tempos of music, but when working with residents at an assisted living facility, it is better to mind an era that they will enjoy. Whether it be jazz, classical, doo wop, or blues, music is a sure crowd pleaser and would get most ...

5 tips to Keeping Your New Years Resolution

By brian barrick
January 14, 2012

Every New Year comes with some great things, great food, great people, and great parties, but there is one thing that most people dread, the New Year’s resolution. Right about now, is the time when many of us (myself included) start to stray from what we committed ourselves to on January 1st. The range of resolutions ...