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Calculating Return on EHR Investment

By Cynthia Hood  |  14 August 2018


A recent survey done by the National Physician Survey derived that physicians in Canada believe that electronic medical records enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare. The value of EHRs is gaining traction, and more facilities like retirement communities are investing in them.

Special care facilities that cater to residents who need long-term care may find it difficult to invest in an EHR system due to the hefty initial costs. Fortunately, these systems improve the accuracy of coding and boost overall productivity which means the initial investment gets recovered eventually. If you are considering implementing an EHR system, several factors will help you determine the return on investment:

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Five Most Used Technologies in Assisted Living Communities

By Brad Whittaker  |  03 July 2018

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Contrary to what most people think, baby boomers are actually knowledgeable on computer stuff. Baby boomers, in this context, refers to elderly people. Elderly people are increasingly using the Internet and other exciting technologies. Discussed below are five of the technologies that individuals in assisted living systems frequently use.

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How to Reduce the Medication Errors in Nursing Home

By Jing Chen  |  08 June 2018


There has been a trend in the recent years to take up electronic medication management (EMM) systems. Many homes are looking to improve the medication oversight process and its possible outcomes. Since medicine the medicine at homes is administered by people, medication errors occur at some point. By employing a system such as eMAR (electronic Medication Administration Record) we not only ensure that preventable medical errors don’t occur, but also achieve a whole host of advantages.

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Have You Thought About It?

By Alana Rennie  |  25 April 2018


The following is a brief list of who and what the Administrator and Director of Nursing of a long-term care home in Ontario is accountable to:

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Tips on How the Retirement Home Care Sector Can Attract and Retain Qualified Staff

By Brad Whittaker  |  15 February 2018


The senior and retirement care sector is one of the job areas in Canada which reports the highest turnover rates. In the past, the industry used to have a high number of qualified staff seeking for various positions. That made things easy for employers as they could quickly recruit and retain as many as they wanted. Today however, that has changed and employers have to struggle even to find and hire a few of them. There are many reasons behind this increased levels such as the rapid increase of the aging population, the low pay and high levels of stress. Below are a few recommendations on how employers in the retirement homes industry can recruit and retain staff in the sector.

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Working with Challenging Families - Stop the Argument

By Len Fabiano  |  31 January 2018


Working with families of our resident population can be challenging at times. Maintaining objectivity when you find yourself repeating or rehashing things of the past is sometimes the most challenging. Although the following is somewhat obvious, getting into what family members may perceive as “arguments” is easy to do.

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Dancing with Dementia

By Len Fabiano  |  15 November 2017


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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Are Your Residents Compliant With Self-administered Medication?

By Cynthia Hood  |  26 October 2017


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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