Definitely feels like a Monday for many of us who were fortunate to have an extra-long weekend. Today will be spent playing 'catch-up' for most, returning voice mail and email, squeezing in meetings, quick interviews with new residents, and charting at a record pace. And of course, trying to stay one-step ahead of the MDS folks!
Social Services - If you can find 10 minutes (and I encourage you to 'make' 10 minutes), do a quick set of rounds with your residents who might not of had an outstanding holiday week so far. Observe their interaction, listen to their comments and feelings, ask coworkers whether they have noticed any changes in the resident's routine.
Activities - As you're putting the final touches on the January calendar and possibly taking a long overdue breath from the craziness that is December, remember to thank your volunteers and community groups that assisted at your nursing facility this month.
Nursing - While you are passing medication and providing treatments, interact with your residents who have had family visitors this week. Ask them to share and then enjoy the smile that will inevitably take over their face. The conversations will make you smile in return.
And for the Administrators and other department heads - Say a simple 'thank you' to your staff who worked yesterday. We all know when we sign up for a healthcare career that working on the holidays is expected, but a verbal acknowledge of their dedication can be a welcome sound.
As for Simmons Healthcare Consulting, LLC - We are in the initial stages of establishing Pinterest and Google + pages. They both are in pretty raw form at this point, but we welcome those who would like to take a peek and follow us already. We will be adding a 'Social Media' page to the website soon so that those who are interested can follow us easily.
Sending safe travel wishes to our Indiana colleagues today with the blizzard!