February 10, 2010

Culture Change Through Dining

Last week I sat in on a webinar put on by the Eden Alternative, which focused on various dining topics. The moderator recommended that we start by asking residents where they want to start with din...

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Tags: Homelike Environment, Culture Change, Principle 4, Antidote to Helplessness, Principle 8, Resident-Directed Care, Person-Centered Care, Dining

February 02, 2010

CMS Guidelines Call for More Homelike Environments

The Federal and State surveyors showed up at our Kahului community this morning, so I thought that today would be as good a day as any to write about some of the changes in the Centers for Medicare...

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Tags: CMS Guidelines, Home Environment

February 02, 2010

Resident-Directed Care: The Culture-Change Movement

Continuing on with the idea of creating more a homelike environment for residents, I’d like to share an excerpt from an article titled “Person-Centered Care for Nursing Home Residents: ...

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Tags: Homelike Environment, Culture Change, Person-Centered Care, Resident-Directed Care

January 29, 2010

Transforming a Nurses’ Station into a Living Area

I was at our on-site yoga class the other day and Ted Tucker, our Chief Human Resources Officer, shared that he was out in the neighborhoods the evening before and was pleased to see that when he s...

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Tags: Antidote to Boredom, Challenges, Goals, Home Environment, Principle 5

January 28, 2010

Warming the Human Belly

Yesterday I shared a story that spoke about how we can help to nurture the human spirit of the people around us. Whether they be residents, clients, family members, or co-workers. Today I’d l...

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Tags: antidote to helplesness, Principle 4, Principle 6, Meaningful Activity

January 27, 2010

Lifting the Human Spirit

I have to say that it makes me proud and lifts my spirit knowing that I work for an organization where even the CEO takes part in creating meaningful interactions with residents and clients. It is...

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Tags: Principle 3, Antidote to Loneliness, Principle 5, Antidote to Boredom

January 22, 2010

Computer Training Stems from Luana

This month our Administrative Secretary embarked on a project of her own design with the goal of helping residents who expressed an interest in learning how to use a computer or various computer pr...

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Tags: Uncategorized

January 20, 2010

Putting the 'Home' in 'Nursing Home'

In my previous posting, I shared a photo of resident Helen Oliveira’s newly decorated room, however there have been several residents whose rooms have been redecorated over the last year. The...

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Tags: Home Environment

January 19, 2010

I Want to Go Home

This phrase, “I want to go home”, is probably a familiar one. We’ve all heard it from time to time, however for most people this phrase may come as a surprise when the person sayi...

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Tags: Home Environment

January 13, 2010

Resident Fantasy Football League Winners

Hale Makua Kahului residents and staff participated in a Fantasy Football league for the past 16 weeks in which residents were arranged in a competitive league, earning “fantasy points”...

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Tags: spontaneous moments, Principle 8, Resident -Centered Decisions, Principle 5, Antidote to Boardom