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Incident Reports

By brian barrick
March 12, 2013

According to the health and safety authority, all incidents that occur in a work situation such an assisted home living should be reported. This applies regardless of whether it is a fatal incident, or when it is very minor. Reporting of an incident varies in the recording procedures, however any form of recording that you ...

Consent & Release Forms

By brian barrick
February 18, 2013

Consent & Release Forms: When to use Them   When you own an adult family home it is important for you to realize that the clientele you deal with are fragile. In most cases, their children and grandchildren have taken it upon themselves to find them suitable living conditions.  This is where you come in ...

Increase in Chronic Conditions for the Elderly

By brian barrick
August 28, 2012

A large rise in chronic conditions in the elderly has been seen across genders, race, and socioeconomic status. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention did a study on many chronic conditions in the elderly and found that the number of affected seniors rose over 8% in ten years. Seniors contracted a vast combination of ...

Fragrance-Free Workplace

By brian barrick
August 23, 2012

Adult Care homes and assisted living facilities work with a unique group of individuals, our elderly population. Working this close with other individuals can be a rewarding experience.  Recently, there was a story in the news regarding the practice of fragrance-free work places and it made me think of the adult care homes and assisted ...

Pool Safety for Residents

By brian barrick
July 31, 2012

Does your assisted living facility have a pool that the residents use or are in a similar proximity? Although you may be aware of some pool safety tips, do you know specific pool safety tips for residents? Your residents may have known how to swim like an Olympic athlete at one point of time, but ...

Avoide Elderly Dehydration

By brian barrick
July 24, 2012

With this extreme summer heat everyone is at more of a risk of dehydration, but elderly individuals are even more at risk because their bodies have less water content than younger people. Symptoms of dehydration need to be taken serious and they need to be treated as soon as possible, because, believe it or not, ...

Dangers of Mold

By brian barrick
May 10, 2012

Although droughts are very common right now in the US, there have been many storms that have caused water damage for homes across the United States. Water damage is not just a problem because of the stains, but mold can grow and infest homes as well. The water damage must be remediated fast and professionally ...

Elder Abuse Epidemic

By brian barrick
April 12, 2012

Elder abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  Due to social isolation, mental and physical impairment, elders are more vulnerable than others.  Locations of abuse are many and include the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or the public.  Due to the occasionally stressful demands of caregivers for the elderly, caregivers sometimes find ...

Safety tips for your Adult Care Home

By brian barrick
March 01, 2012

  It is important for all Adult Care Facility owners to maintain their property year round to reduce the risk of a fire or other costly property claims.  In the next 4 issues, we hope to provide tips and pointers on how to keep your property safe for residents and visitors. The following are only ...

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 ...