CareNotes

Delaying Fire Damper Testing can result in Compliance Citations

February 24, 2021
This is a guest article by Bruce Gilpin, with NorthWest Engineering Service, Inc (NWESI), an OHCA business partner. Extended care and assisted living communities have faced an incredible disruption to their staff, residents, and day-to-day function over the past year. For many, this included delaying or reprioritizing carefully budgeted maintenance work meant to maintain safety compliance.... Read More
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Senior Living Search Firm Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

January 25, 2021
Tampa, Florida – MedBest Recruiting, Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry, is proud to announce their 20-Year Anniversary! MedBest Recruiting was founded by Julie Rupenski in 2001. Ms. Rupenski made her passion of caring for our senior population, her life’s work. She understands that the right permanent and interim executive placements are crucial... Read More
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COVID-19 Workplace Requirement: Facility Ventilation

January 7, 2021
This is a guest article by Marina Garcia, with NorthWest Engineering Service, Inc (NWESI), an OHCA business partner. Oregon OSHA has issued a temporary rule that requires all employers to develop a COVID-19 plan.  Part of this plan is to include a verification of the HVAC systems operation and to maximize the amount of outside... Read More
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Evolution of the Physician-Patient Relationship in the Era of Telemedicine

November 12, 2020
This is a guest article by Thomas Allen and Scott Eads, attorneys at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, an OHCA business partner. The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted a large part of our lives to virtual platforms—and the delivery of healthcare is no different. As it has become difficult or inadvisable to arrange face-to-face visits between physicians... Read More
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AARP Ranks Oregon #4 in Nation in Long Term Care

September 24, 2020
This week, AARP released an updated national scorecard that ranks states on their performance on long term care services and supports. Once again, AARP places Oregon among the top states that out-perform others in the delivery of services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities. The top-ranking states in the 2020 Scorecard include Minnesota,... Read More
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Don’t Compromise Fire Safety While Responding to COVID-19

July 22, 2020
This is a guest article by Soraya Rahman, director of marketing at Performance Systems Integration, an OHCA business partner. As COVID-19 continues to change the world in which we live and work, many businesses are forced to send their workers home. Therefore, some employers and building managers may feel that maintaining and complying with fire... Read More
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OHCA Statement on Black Lives Matter Movement

June 3, 2020
Every day in Oregon, we bear witness to the beauty of care provided to Oregon seniors by people who frequently have very different backgrounds and lived experiences. Caregivers and their residents form powerful and meaningful bonds.  That’s why we know our nation must do better. We stand firmly with those in the Black community whose... Read More
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Making Family Engagement a Priority Through a Pandemic (and Beyond)

June 3, 2020
This is a guest article by Christina Best, marketing manager at Care.ly, an OHCA business partner member. Since March, families in Oregon have not been permitted to visit their loved ones in long term care settings. This restriction has proven challenging for all involved—families, residents, and providers—but it has been an essential part of keeping... Read More
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