June 25, 2022

The Largest Costs Long-Term Care Facilities Face

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Long-term care for seniors and the critically and chronically ill is a vital service that helps to improve the health and quality of life for people who require care day-to-day. If you are thinking about opening your own long-term care facility, or operating a long-term care facility, then you also understand that there are major costs associated with running and operating a long-term care facility. Long-term care facilities can still be a financially viable business, however, if you know what expenses to expect and how to manage the large costs. Here are three of the largest costs long-term care facilities face.

Staffing

The first and typically largest cost that long-term facilities face is the costs of staffing the long-term care facility. To run a successful long-term care facility, you are going to need a lot of staff with varying qualifications and skill sets. You are going to need registered nurses and doctors to take care of patients, as most everyone in the facility will require daily medical attention. You also need kitchen staff to prepare meals for the residents and staff to run enrichment programs and ensure a high quality of life for all residents. Be prepared to pay for quality employees.

Prescription Drug Expenses

Another major cost that long-term care facilities face is the cost of prescription drugs for patients. Long term care facilities often can get prescription drugs sourced from special long-term care pharmacies, which are often owned or operated by the long-term care facility as well. But if you live in the United States, you know that drug prices are outrageous. When it comes to drug prices, price fluctuations present a challenge for facilities. Bulk contracts that involve major supply deals are a great way to get the best price possible on your prescription drug needs in the face of changing supply and demand.

Rent/Building Costs

The final large cost that long-term care facilities face is the cost of rent or building costs. Rent is always expensive, regardless of what kind of property you are trying to rent. Owning buildings and property is expensive as well, with interest rates set to continue to skyrocket this year. The largest fixed cost that operating a long-term care facility carries with it is the cost of rent. A good way to save on this is to own the building yourself. While you will have a mortgage to pay, you are building ownership of the asset which is essential for growing your asset pool.

Running a long-term care facility is far more expensive than many people realize. If you operate or want to operate a long-term care facility, you need to understand the associated costs. Learn about these three most common large costs that long-term care facilities face so that you are prepared.

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The Recent Rise of Sleeping Technology

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Sleep is extremely important, but let’s face it, the majority of us don’t get nearly enough sleep that we need. Everyone has such a busy life. With jobs, children, exercise, and social lives sleep often tends to take a little bit of a back seat. Plus, with all of that going around in your mind, when it comes to actually putting your head down, your mind is so full of thoughts that you can’t get to sleep anyway!

Although there are many ways in which we can improve our sleeping pattern, some people are turning towards smart sleep technology to help them out. Much of this technology is geared towards tracking sleeping patterns and the quality of the slumber. Although this does not directly help you to sleep, often people don’t realize just how little sleep they are getting until it is in front of them. This could be the push that is needed to encourage people to go to bed a little bit earlier.

Another direction that people are turning to are mattresses. The quality and type of your mattress can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep, and which type is best depends very much on the individual. Today, a mattress can offer a lot more than support, they can also be full of tech. If your mattress is old and causing you discomfort, consider looking through some mattress offers to see if you can find something better.

Adjusting Mattresses

If you have trouble getting into a comfortable position when in bed, then the adjustable mattress may be for you. Often you will also have to purchase an adjustable base in addition to the mattress so that you can get into the optimum position for sleep. These types of bed come with a remote control that allows you to move either the head or the foot of the bed accordingly.
Some models even come with a massage function where you can pinpoint where you want to target, be it just your head, your feet, or your full body.

Smart Mattresses

This is the term used to describe any type of mattress that is built with sensor technology. They are used to monitor the sleep patterns of their owners and can track various elements such as how long a person sleeps, any restless sleep, body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and many other factors. Although this type of tracking is the main function of a smart mattress, some may come with other, additional tech features such as built-in alarms or even internet connectivity!
With the growing use of mobile phones and apps, a lot of smart mattresses can utilize app technology, so that you can adjust them using your mobile device.

Temperature Regulation

Although not necessarily tech-related, a temperature regulating mattress is a nice addition to the market. If you find yourself too hot or too cold at night, this mattress can be the answer. Filled with tiny gel beads, they have the power to draw heat away from your body when it is warm, storing it, and then releasing it back up to you when it gets colder.

Smart Beds

Slightly different from the smart mattress, the smart bed can sense your position, whether you are on your back, front or side, and makes automatic, real-time adjustments to help you sleep at your best. It can become firmer or softer in an instant, providing you with support when and where you need it. It also has the power to provide sleep data every morning so you know just how well you did or didn’t sleep.

This type of mattresses provide the benefits of a range of wearable technology without you having to change lifestyle or normal habits. You don’t have to remember to turn any device on when it is time for bed.

We are living through the rise of sleep technology, and in addition to mattresses, there is a huge range of other gadgets and devices that have been created with the aim of helping you to sleep. Smart pyjamas, for example, is a more recent invention, one that doesn’t seem to have quite hit it off just yet. These pyjamas have been made using bioceramic imprinted fabric that cools off the body’s infrared head emissions with the goal of giving a longer and a deeper sleep.

Another technology that is meant to improve your sleep is the breathing tracker. The device comes in the form of a chest strap and an app, matching your breathing to tonal music that gradually starts to slow down. Subconsciously your breathing will start to mimic the beat of the music, prolonging exhalation. The aim here is to ultimately help you get to sleep quicker than you originally would.

Smart pillows are similar to smart mattresses in the sense that they track your sleeping throughout the night. They are connected to an app that factors in the quality of the previous night’s sleep and then offers personalized sleeping tips throughout the day to help you the following night.

There is a huge range of sleeping tech out there, and if things continue how they currently are, it is likely that much more will be developed in the near future. Be sure to look out for deals and discounts in this industry. Considering it is a fairly new technology, some of them start with quite a hefty price tag. Is 2018 the year of smart sleeping? Only time will tell.

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Developing an Elevator Pitch – First Impressions Matter

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Elevator-PitchIn simple words, an elevator pitch is a brief presentation that’s designed to grab the attention of potential prospects in a compelling and comprehensive manner.

So, if you had one minute with Oprah or someone you admire in your industry, what would you say to capture their attention?

Criteria for a successful elevator pitch:

It must be Quick, Clear, and Concise! Attention grabber is important too.

Be clear; use a proper speed & tone so that you avoid rushing your message.

Show your enthusiasm using appropriate excitement while telling the story. Enthusiasm plays a key role if you want to draw the attention of your target audience.

 

Does your elevator pitch answer the following questions…..

Who are you?

What do you do?

Who is your target audience?

What separates you from other businesses in your industry?

How do you bring value and benefits to your prospects?

 

Get a note card and have a 30-sec and 60-sec elevator pitch ready. Then start to practice and test to see what sticks. This is one area I love helping my clients shine!!!

 

Share your elevator pitch with us!

What I am looking for next is……

 

To your business & life success,

Shannon Gronich

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Breast Health – What’s your story?

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We are seeking a handful of women looking to prevent or conquer breast cancer to join a pilot 8 week “Breast Health Support Group”. Applicants accepted will be implementing what doctors and other experts are sharing from the project, while being filmed and/or journaling their journey. No Cost!!!

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The Importance of Self Care for Health & Stress Management Take Care of Yourself: You Deserve It!

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Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other priorities in life, self care is an important aspect of stress management. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. And taking time out to treat your body like the temple it is has other benefits:

Self Care and You Physical Health:
While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from it can trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health, so in a sense, self-care is good for you inside and out.

Self Care and Your Emotional Health:
Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too. Having a well-cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of wellbeing.

Self Care Makes You a Better Caretaker:
People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment. Also, sometimes people who spend their time only taking care of others can be at risk for getting burned out on all the giving, which makes it more difficult to care for others or themselves. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make you a better caretaker for others.

Taking a few hours for a spa experience and some much-deserved self care is also an effective way to manage stress for the following reasons:

A Break from Stress:
Taking a break amidst a tub of warm bubbles or under the warm hands of an experienced masseuse can help you feel like you’re escaping a stressful reality and taking a mental and emotional vacation. As I mentioned, it triggers the relaxation response, and allows you to come back to the reality of your life feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Time Alone: 
While different people have varying degrees of introversion and extroversion, having some time along is important for most people’s functioning. When you’re relaxing by yourself, it’s much easier to slip into a state of quiet meditation, enjoy some self-reflection, or let your problems work themselves out in the back of your mind, without taking all of your focused concentration.

Soothing Feelings:
Giving your body some special treatment is a natural way to relieve stress. Other than keeping your skin soft and your body in good repair, spa-related activities like massage and warm baths have been known to sooth even small colicky babies like nothing else. Such activities continue to be effective tools for relaxation as we get older, but we sometimes forget to utilize them.

Once you’ve decided it’s time to start nurturing yourself and your body with some spa treatments, be sure to block off some time where you won’t be interrupted. Then you can put on some soothing music, and try some or all of the following suggestions:

  • Take a Bath: Get out the bubbles, oils and scented soaps, and soak until you’re wrinkled. 
  • Deep-Condition Your Hair: While you’re in the tub, put on a deep-conditioning treatment for your hair, and let it work as you relax.
  • Deep-Clean Your Pores: With a nice clay masque, you can draw impurities out of your skin and stress out of your system.
  • Care For Your Feet: After you soak your feet to soften calloused skin, use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin, and finish with a rich foot cream, and perhaps polish.
  • Nourish Your Skin: Rich, luxurious creams smell wonderful and feel smooth, especially if you exfoliate your skin in the tub before putting them on.
  • Tend to Your Nails: Correct the beating your nails probably take from your busy life (especially for those of you who bite your nails!) by filing and buffing. A coat of polish on can make you feel like a princess for days afterward. (This is probably more for my female readers.)
  • Get a Massage: This one can be especially nice. If your budget doesn’t allow for regular massages with a professional, see if you can trade with a friend or your spouse, or use an electronic massager.

In addition to pampering yourself, more substantial forms of self care involving healthy lifestyle choices are important, too. Consuming a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and being sure you get enough sleep are all important for long term health and stress management as well.

 

By , About.com Guide

Updated July 12, 2007

About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board

 

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