Tag: mental health

Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Burnout
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Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Burnout

Image from Pixabay.com   If you’re providing care for a loved one, you’ve probably been raised to be unselfish, to put the needs of others ahead of your own, and to care for those who need help. Oftentimes, caregivers are predisposed to think of others first, so much so that they often neglect their own...

The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits
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The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits

With increasing focus from Medicare on reducing rehospitalizations and shorter stays, eliminating unnecessary emergency department visits (such as visits that could have been handled safely in an urgent care clinic or a primary care setting) and avoiding the need to use the emergency department in the first place is paramount.   71% percent of emergency...

Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement
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Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement

Unnecessary Medications (survey tag F329) is a top ten regulatory citation in skilled nursing facilities. With antipsychotic use still high, pressure is on facilities to reduce their medications, particularly psychotropic medications.   One solution is to partner with a psychiatric provider to monitor medications and reduce behaviors. Encounter’s providers specialize in medication management and continuously...

Retain Staff and Reduce Turnover: How Encounter Can Help
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Retain Staff and Reduce Turnover: How Encounter Can Help

In long-term care, staff turnover is at a staggering 40%, twice the national average across industries. New staff are costly to train (in most cases, hiring and training a new staff member costs around 20% of their salary) and take time to find their “groove.” If turnover rates are high, those numbers can stack up...

How to Improve Sleep Quality
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How to Improve Sleep Quality

In Matthew Walker’s 2017 book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” Walker says that two-thirds of adults in developed countries get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. At least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. More traffic accidents are caused by drowsy driving than drunk driving...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

Depression Sub-types and Treatments
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Depression Sub-types and Treatments

As we’ve written before, no two people have the same experience of a mental illness. What people don’t realize is that illnesses such as depression may appear in many different forms, many of which have similar symptoms.   If you feel sad or empty, have trouble concentrating or sleeping, and symptoms last for two weeks...

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