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Aging in Place – The New Retirement Home

By Alana Rennie  |  20 September 2017

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In the past, Retirement Homes focused on the fairly independent elderly – Those who required some assistance with activities of daily living i.e. bathing, medication dispensing. The sell for the homes of the past was on the amenities provided i.e. recreational activities and services, meal selections, transportation, comfortable and attractive living environments, personal grooming services (i.e. hairdresser, manicurist), etc.

Today, many Retirement Homes have undergone a cultural shift to an Aging in Place philosophy. This philosophy allows for a much greater range of services and care options

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Marketing Strategies for Retirement Home

By Jing Chen  |  14 September 2017

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Every retirement facility plans on being successful and growing their business. This success requires a sound marketing plan. Many facilities are so focused on caring for their residents that they neglect the appropriate marketing strategies to keep leads coming into their facility and maintaining an active list of potential retirees.

The following three strategies will help you stand out from the pack:

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Organizational Cultures are Fragile

By Cynthia Hood  |  06 September 2017

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It can take a great deal of investment and time to create a positive and supportive organizational culture. It takes a short time to destroy it.

The expectation that an organizational culture can be developed quickly is usually proven false. Demonstrating that the past will no longer be the practice and getting complete buy-in is a progressive process.

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Are You Ready for the Future?

By Len Fabiano  |  30 August 2017

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Our beliefs or values are established in childhood. Our society has seen a shift in values every decade. This means that the values for the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation were instilled in the 1950's and 60's. When this generation becomes the residents of long term care, they will have a phenomenal impact.

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Branding in Long-Term Care: Reinforcing the Message

By Jing Chen  |  23 August 2017

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All organizations create a culture, some better defined than others. However, not all organizations convert their culture into a Brand that reinforces the message of that culture.

Long-Term care is a competitive market. Although there is little need to market to potential customers (excluding private pay retirement homes), there is a constant competition to recruit and retain staff. In many instances, there is little difference in pay and benefits from one home to another in the same community. So what draws staff and more importantly what keeps staff at one site.

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35 QI & RUGs Webinar is coming soon!

By Haydee Tuazon  |  16 August 2017

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We are pleased to announce that our most welcomed 14-part 35 QI & RUGs Webinar series will be repeated this fall starting on the 18th of October.

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Falls Risk in Long Term Care

By Haydee Tuazon  |  09 August 2017

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A fall is probably the greatest contributor to the loss of independence and health decline experienced by the elderly. In long term care, preventing falls is no easy task. Our mandate is a precarious balance between encouraging independence and protecting a resident from falling when we are presented with a dichotomy of needs: 

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The Mask of Management in Long Term Care

By Len Fabiano  |  02 August 2017

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Most nurses know that their actions, as well as their attitude, continually communicates to patients under their care. Many patients try to read something from our behavior or mannerisms that will tell them how they are doing. The same holds true for managers and their staff. Not all staff are open and assertive enough to ask what we think or feel about subjects pertaining to work. Instead they try to read from us clues that may give them that information.

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What Makes a Retirement Home Successful?

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 July 2017

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The Baby Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) will become the largest senior population in history. They will live longer and be healthier than any seniors in the past. They are accustomed to a specific lifestyle, unwilling to forfeit it and able to purchase what they need to remain as independent as possible. So what makes a retirement home successful in this highly competitive market?
 

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3 Technology Benefits for Social Care Facilities

By Brad Whittaker  |  19 July 2017

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Individuals with conditions that make them vulnerable members of the society receive a lot of benefits as a result of admission to good social care facilities. The vulnerability arises from disabilities, illnesses, poverty or old age. Today, technology has improved the quality of care that such individuals receive from these facilities. With the right kind of technology, both residents and facilities can expect huge benefits in the following areas:

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