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The Importance of Incident Documentation

By Heather Brown
February 09, 2018

Assisted living facility owners and administrators carry a lot of responsibility in their daily activities. From making sure residents are properly cared or to managing staff to organizing the everyday operations and needs. Too often you take on numerous items at once, and it is easy to find yourself knee deep in multi-tasking. One item ...

Policies & Procedures to Prevent Wandering

By brian barrick
March 31, 2014

People who suffer from these diseases have a tendency to wander. When a person has dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, they become confused and disoriented. Once out in the world, they may forget where they were going and not recognize their surroundings. This can be incredibly dangerous. There have been cases of wandering where the patient ...

How Can Wandering Impact Your Facility

By brian barrick
March 28, 2014

Whether you run a tiny three-resident care facility out of your home or are in charge of a sprawling, multi-building complex for the elderly, resident wandering should be on your list of concerns. Working with the aged to keep them content and safe is a priority, and wandering can bring harsh and expensive legal consequences ...

Understanding the Different Types of Wandering

By brian barrick
March 27, 2014

Understanding Types of Wandering Those working in the personal care home industry must be aware of the different types of wandering that can occur in residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Wandering is a serious symptom of dementia related diseases, and poses significant safety risks. What is Wandering? Understanding wandering is ...

Assisted Living Facilities Disaster Preparedness

By brian barrick
February 25, 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 ...

Prevent Wandering in Adult Family Homes

By brian barrick
February 06, 2014

A Resident wandering about in an adult family home is a serious concern. There are many people who reside in such environments that can suffer from wandering, and as a result can put themselves at risk. Therefore the adult family home needs to be prepared to help prevent the chances of wandering occurring. The first ...

The Importance of Documentation

By brian barrick
January 27, 2014

In any business industry there is always one important rule to follow; document everything. Even if a task or assignment has been completed, if it is not properly documented, “it never happened.” While this can be frustrating, this is how businesses operate; especially, in the medical field. Why is Documentation so Important? Imagine working in ...

Holiday Fire Safety

By brian barrick
December 01, 2013

The holidays are a great time for baking cookies and cooking a big dinner for the family, but 40% of home fires are started from cooking so precautions need to be taken. When cooking, stay in the kitchen and if you have to leave for any reason, turn off your stove top. Always use a ...

When Is It Okay to Leave Residents Alone?

By brian barrick
November 07, 2013

Most assisted living residents are able to care for themselves but the reason while they’re in a facility is because they require extra attention to ensure their safety.  It is in everyone’s best interest that a watchful eye is always kept on each resident at all times.  However, this can be done while having the ...

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 ...