Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog

250+ Senior Living Professionals Committed to Career & Industry

James Balda

The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a list of 252 senior living professionals who have earned their Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential.

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Proof That Employee Engagement Works In Senior Care

Mike Pumphrey

You may have noticed—we’ve gone a little employee engagement crazy over here. There’s a good reason for it. Senior care faces unprecedented workforce challenges: a caregiver shortage, more competition for workers, a need to improve care quality, and high turnover. In fact, there were 21,908 open jobs in nursing care facilities (SNFs, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities) as of January 2017.

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PBJ Update: Employee Hire and Termination Dates Now Optional

Kevin Holtz

Recently CMS released an updated file specification for PBJ submissions.  The major change to the Payroll-Based Journal requirements is that employee hire and termination dates are now optional. CMS hopes that this change will improve a provider’s ability to successfully submit their PBJ report. 

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Rules of Engagement: The Rounding Rule

Peter Corless

With countless tips and tricks circulating around how to best engage senior care staff, providers might have difficulty determining what practices can actually be considered “best.” Providing competitive wages, focusing extensively on recruiting, and many other time-consuming and costly efforts have been touted as necessary to improving retention. 

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Rules of Engagement: The 1% Rule

Peter Corless

Employee engagement is a top priority for many senior care executives in 2017. And it’s no surprise when you consider the high turnover and the resultant high recruiting and on-boarding costs among the assisted living and long-term care workforce.

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Are Your Employee Engagement Initiatives Working? Four Ways to Tell

Peter Corless

Employee engagement has become a buzzword in the senior care profession as providers grapple with staff retention and combat high turnover rates. The solution: foster engaged workers, and organizations will see a more stable workforce and improved business outcomes.

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Rules of Engagement: The 90-Day Rule

Peter Corless

Employee engagement is a hot topic in the senior care industry. The demand for staff is increasing exponentially as 70 million baby boomers approach retirement age. To add insult to injury, unemployment has dipped below 5% and with more employment choices, employee turnover has reached 50+% in some long-term care and senior living organizations.

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PBJ 2.0 and Nursing Home Compare

Peter Corless

Here it is February, 2017 and the second mandatory reporting date for Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data is almost upon us. Skilled Nursing Facilities have until February 14, 2017 to submit their staffing data covering the period Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 (facilities must electronically submit their data within 45 days of the end of the reporting period).

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Announcing OnShift Engage: Because An Engaged Workforce Works

Mark Woodka

Nothing makes me happier than writing this blog post. I’m not kidding! Because the team here at OnShift has been working very hard for quite some time on a new product that I’m excited to share with you: OnShift® Engage™.

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Starbucks’ Scheduling Tricks For Senior Care

Mike Pumphrey

The senior care industry has been in competition as of late with the likes of Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and  fast food restaurants—for employees, that is.

While senior living doesn’t look or feel a whole lot like a quick-serve restaurant, executives in the industry lately have said these organizations are drawing from the same talent pool.

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