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Dancing with Dementia

By Len Fabiano  |  15 November 2017

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Dancing or caring for a dementia client with challenging behaviors involves complex steps. The complexity is created by two basic issues associated with dementia - the progressive brain damage caused by the disease, and the increasing and ever changing sensitivity to stimuli and environmental factors.

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Generational Values Predict Behaviours and Priorities

By Cynthia Hood  |  08 November 2017

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There is a shift occurring in our society. In the not too distant past, it was the exception rather than the rule for families to challenge care providers.

Understanding generational values is key to predicting behaviour and priorities. Go back 20 years in time when those who are in their 80’s today were in their 60’s and responsible for their parents. The foundation for that generation’s values came from their experiences during their childhood – the Depression and the second world war. 

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Don't Resist Change, Embrace It

By Alana Rennie  |  02 November 2017

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Change is the norm of our times. It is occurring exponentially. Whether we are asked to change what we do or how we do it, to undertake a project or to implement new software, how we respond to a change request determines how successful we will be.

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Are Your Residents Compliant With Self-administered Medication?

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 October 2017

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Ability to self-administer medications has emerged as the main predictor of appropriate placement and level of care for residents in Retirement and Care Homes.  These results underscore the importance of assessing: 1) the resident’s ability to answer questions related to self-medication and their diagnosis and 2) the actual auditing of self-administration over several days related to the answers above to ensure comprehension and reliability of the initial questions asked.  

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Dementia: Discussing Tomorrow's Needs and Challenges for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes Today

By Brad Whittaker  |  18 October 2017

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The increase in the elderly population as the Boomer Generation ages (those born between 1946 and 1964) is well documented. Census Canada indicates that the elderly population will increase from 16.9% today to 23% by 2031. More significantly is the increase in those living to 85 and older. This latter point will result in a doubling of those suffering from Dementia (source: Alzheimer’s Society). Community support resources, hospitals, long term care and retirement homes have already begun to feel the impact of this increase today.

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Upcoming Events at MED e-care

By Jing Chen  |  12 October 2017

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Curious about what's happening at MED e-care in the next few months? 

We are scheduling many events which you should know!

Our next 35 QI & RUGs Webinar series will begin next Week. This highly practical series has received rave reviews. This series demonstrates the interrelationship between Risk Indicators under the RAPS, Quality Indicators, Clinical Assessment Protocols, Care Planning, Educational Needs, RUG Resource Grouping and how they are linked to overall funding. To see the detailed schedule and register, please click here.

We are just about to launch our RAI forum, which will allow the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience among those in our network. Please register by clicking www.rai.to or sign up for a 30 min demo if you are not sure where to get started.

Thirdly, our next round of MDS Credentialing & Advanced RUGs sessions will be scheduled October 25th-27th and November 3rd.  Limited seats are available for this highly popular educational opportunity. 

Last but not least, It's the time for our CMI specialist to review your CCRS documentation before your submission in order to maximize your CMI. Our Consulting service is now available to both clients and non-clients with your first quarter's assessment Free of Charge with a guarantee that we will raise your CMI by at least 1 point.

Click the appropriate link to join us for the 35QI webinars, forums, educational sessions and our consulting service. Contact Cynthia Hood via [email protected] or 1.800.387.8903 ext. 236 if you need any further assistance or additional information. 

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Critical Thinking: Strengthening Your Muscles

By Cynthia Hood  |  11 October 2017

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Critical thinking is a skill like any other. It is the ability to focus on an issue, examine all possible and potential solutions, determine the probable impact each solution may create and make a decision accordingly. Compare it to a muscle. The more it is used, the stronger it becomes.

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You are a Family Counselor

By Len Fabiano  |  04 October 2017

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You may not have expected that role when you started working with the elderly. It may not be included in your job description. You probably believe that you don’t have the time to do what is needed. You may not even have the skills to deal with what is experienced. Regardless, you are smack dab in the middle of families in crisis.

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Aging in Place – The New Retirement Home

By Alana Rennie  |  29 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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