Long Term Care & Senior Living Blog

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in the New Year

Mark Woodka


It’s hard to believe another year is almost behind us. And what a year it was! For OnShift, 2016 was a year of partnership, innovation and learning.

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Fill Call-Offs On-The-Go With OnShift Mobile

Mike Pumphrey

I’m one of those people that need to be connected to work - always. But work continues even when I’m not in the office, which can make it difficult. That’s why having my phone within arm’s length is critical to getting my work done.

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Payroll-Based Journal Update: What We Learned & What’s To Come

Peter Corless

The first Payroll-Based Journal reporting period had its challenges, from confusion on which direct care hours providers should report to technical difficulties when submitting. These multiple issues led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to postpone the initial submission deadline from November 14, 2016 to December 1, 2016.

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How to Build Tomorrow’s Senior Living Workforce in Today’s Economy

James Balda

While the senior living industry faces challenges in growing, training and retaining a caring, professional workforce, its status as a recession-proof, growth industry makes it attractive to millennials and will help create solutions, according to an expert in leading and managing organizational change.

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It’s Thanksgiving & I’m Thankful For Senior Care

Mark Woodka

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It is not commercial and artificial; it is a time to reflect on our lives, friends, loved ones and others that influence our lives and be thankful for all that we have.

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Picking The Best Employee Communication Channels For Senior Care

Marti Bowman

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to communication in the workplace. 

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Last Minute Relief for Payroll-Based Journal Stress

Mike Pumphrey

The biggest news coming from Washington D.C. this week is that the new Payroll-Based Journal reporting information is due. OK maybe this is the second biggest story. But skilled nursing providers are feeling the pressure to submit the new PBJ staffing requirements to CMS by the November 14th deadline.  

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New Survey Finds Awareness & Familiarity with Senior Living Closely Linked to Industry Career Interest

James Balda

Interest in a career in the senior living industry is closely and directly linked with awareness and familiarity with senior living, according to the results of a new survey published by Argentum and conducted by national polling firm ORC International.

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Change Management: The Keys to Rolling Out New Technology in Senior Care

Jim Rubadue

Change is hard. We’ve all experienced the pain associated with change at some point. Perhaps it’s a new exercise program. For a couple of weeks, your body will protest the move from sedentary to active with sore muscles and fatigue. After a while it gets a little easier, and then eventually it’s part of your routine. You may even begin to enjoy it, and as your body adapts you’ll most likely lose weight and start to look and feel better. The reward makes the pain endured worth it. But you have to get over the hump.

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How to Manage Employee Use of Social Media in Senior Care

Mike Pumphrey

Social media has taken society by storm, and it affects many areas of daily life, from communication and news consumption to parenting and work.

Nearly two-thirds of American adults use social networking sites, according to social media usage tracking conducted by Pew Research Center. And more and more, workers are using social media while on the job for various reasons, ranging from taking a mental break to making professional connections. But social media use at work can also result in distractions and lost productivity. 

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