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Hydration in Seniors

By Brad Whittaker  |  20 July 2018

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Not taking enough fluids, especially during warm weather, can pose severe health problems for anyone, but the elderly in particular are at higher risks of dehydration. If severe dehydration goes unchecked, it can lead to seizures because of electrolyte imbalance, a reduction in the blood volume, kidney failure, inflammation, coma or even death. 

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Using Data to Provide Better Care to Residents in Retirement Homes

By Jing Chen  |  14 March 2018

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Data is usually a valuable asset in any business since it can be utilized in many ways to the benefit of the business. If you come to think of it, data can be used for things like referencing when one wants to improve the quality of service offered, among several other uses. This means that even the senior care industry should also appreciate the importance of health data in carrying out their day to day activities. Using such data in your retirement homes can be beneficial for several reasons, which include:

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Reasons Retirement Facilities Should Make Use of Integrated Pharmacy Partners

By Brad Whittaker  |  07 March 2018

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Today, the role of the pharmacist has changed from counting pills at the counter to extending their services to their client’s homes. This means that pharmacists are now focusing on long-term care as well as provision of various retirement facilities. It is therefore advisable for people to have an integrated partner pharmacy for their retirement. This is the best move since there are several benefits which accrue when your retirement facility utilizes a dedicated pharmacy partner.

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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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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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The New Care Plan for Retirement Homes

By Cynthia Hood  |  06 January 2014

rhraIn 2010 the Retirement Home Regulation Act (RHRA) launched a totally new concept – documented care plans for Residents of retirement communities.

 

This is not to say that care planning was not being performed within retirement homes – far from it. However, variances in care practice, within multi-site organizations, and certainly among independent organizations were likely common occurrences. So the RHRA 2010 focused on defining, standardizing and improving the level of care.

 

With this aim in mind, the benefits would be two-fold: an improvement for the standard of care within retirement communities and a venue for Residents to participate in decision-making for their own care. A win-win for both.

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