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Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness is defined as the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work. It is a dynamic state of awareness for individual care team members and the team. Situational Awareness is a structured format for obtaining and communicating critical information about the resident, team, environment and overall plan, for the team to provide safe and effective care delivery.
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Resident Sexuality

“People don’t “age out” of being sexual. It is inherent throughout the aging process and even associated with good health! Sexual expression fulfills a natural desire and can connect people, provide opportunities for affection and passion and build or enhance relationships.” According to a research study by the New England Journal of Medicine of 3000 participants, “Sex with a partner in the previous year was reported by 73 percent of people ages 57 to 64; 53 percent of those ages 64 to 75, and 26 percent of people 75 to 85.
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HCIS / Vaaler Insurance Newsletter – December 2018

HCIS December Newsletter
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The Holiday Experience

Mrs. Mary Peterson, fell at home in October while attempting to get out of her bathtub. She fell sideways and fractured her hip. She was hospitalized for surgery, transferred to a rehab unit for a short stay, and then was admitted to your facility for continued rehabilitation. Mrs. Peterson’s goal was to return home to her townhome by the holidays or at least be able to live with her daughter for a few weeks before returning home. Mary’s recovery has not gone as she intended and she has not progressed in therapy to the point of being able to return home. Her daughter works during the day and there would be no one to assist Mary while she is away. Additionally, Mary’s daughter lives four hours away and she has children and grandchildren that will be visiting for the holidays.
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HCIS / Vaaler Insurance Newsletter – November 2018

HCIS November Newsletter
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Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

Mrs. Jones is 85 years young and enjoys the benefits of her assisted living apartment-style home. She has a history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes mellitus, macular degeneration, and osteoarthritis. Care providers notice that she is having increasing difficulty walking while using her cane and having challenges reading, with her glasses, while attending activities such as BINGO.1 She still drives to a local church for services and she enjoys shopping at the mall. Is Mrs. Jones a safe driver? Is your facility prepared to have a conversation on driving alternatives and driving retirement?
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HCIS / Vaaler Insurance Newsletter – September 2018

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HCIS / Vaaler Insurance Newsletter – July 2018

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Transportation Safety

Mr. George Adams has lived in his senior living community for the past two years. George has multiple sclerosis and spends a good portion of each day in his wheelchair.

George is an enthusiastic participant in social events and facility sponsored activities. One of his favorite activities is attending worship services on Sunday mornings. George has attended the same church for the past 40 years.
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HCIS / Vaaler Insurance Newsletter – June 2018

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