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The Neuropsychological Toll of Anticipatory Grief
December 8, 2009 9:52 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Read my latest column on ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management . Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section. Read More...
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Doing More to Assist with Pain Management
September 18, 2009 10:33 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Pain management is a prominent issue in long-term care. For many years providing pain medication on a regular basis was irrationally feared based on risking a potential addiction to the resident. As we have become more enlightened, the fear of addiction Read More...
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The Need for Preventative Health Care Practices in Long-Term Care
April 22, 2009 8:57 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Although nursing care facilities have made considerable advancements in the quality of life offered, there still is substantial room for improvement. One of the areas that need to be focused on is creating a culture that nurtures greater activity and Read More...
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The Need to Understand Philosophy in Healthcare
April 20, 2009 2:10 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Philosophy? What can those of us in healthcare learn from philosophy? Does philosophy have any practical benefits that can be applied to society and healthcare? When many of us hear about philosophy we are compelled to think about a course that we may Read More...
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What Can Long-Term Care Learn From Enron?
March 30, 2009 1:01 PM by Brian Garavaglia
Today, most people are familiar with the story of Enron. A company that was once looked at as one of the exemplary companies in the United States became a buzzword for corruption and mismanagement. Although the problems that came to eventually destroy Read More...
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The Future of Long-Term Care
March 11, 2009 3:45 PM by Brian Garavaglia
In today's challenging economic times, what does the future hold for the LTC industry? Read my latest column on ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management's web site. Read More...
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The Nursing Home Rating System Revisited
January 19, 2009 10:55 AM by Brian Garavaglia
In my June 30, 2008 blog post " Can Apples and Oranges be Compared ?" I wrote about the anticipated implementation of the nursing home rating system that the federal government was going to introduce. Since that time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Read More...
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Changing Brains
December 31, 2008 10:46 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Are you paying enough attention to your residents' cognitive wellness? Read my latest column on the ADVANCE Web site . Read More...
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We Still Have A long Way To Go
November 19, 2008 1:24 PM by Brian Garavaglia
With all the changes that nursing homes have undergone during the last 20 years, we still have a considerable way to go. Even with nursing home reform that started slightly over 20 years ago, especially the movement to make the nursing home environment Read More...
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The All or Nothing Principle
October 16, 2008 12:37 PM by Brian Garavaglia
True teamwork in a work environment is difficult to achieve. However, when it is achieved the dividends that it reaps leads to a phenomenal achievement that cannot be viewed lightly. Working together as a team means that each individual is intricately Read More...
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A New Column
September 23, 2008 3:36 PM by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko
GeroTalk is now an online column! You can read Dr. Garavaglia's essays on various long-term care topics on our Web site, www.advanceweb.com/ltc . Click here for the first column. Read More...
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Depression and Pseudo-Dementia in the Long-Term Care Population
August 12, 2008 1:30 PM by Brian Garavaglia
What interests me is how often stereotypes dedicate care. In society, individuals still assume older adults should be depressed and that it is part of normal aging. Furthermore, in long-term care this stereotype is even further consolidated. It is often Read More...
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The Importance of Creating Workplace Spirituality in Long-Term Care Environments
July 28, 2008 12:16 PM by Brian Garavaglia
When someone hears the word spirituality, along with a statement of attempting to introduce it into the workplace, what immediately comes to mind is someone attempting to interject their religious beliefs into the workplace environment. Although this Read More...
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Trust Starts at the Company Level
May 27, 2008 10:31 AM by Brian Garavaglia
Team building is an important facet for an organizational environment. In a previous article I mentioned the importance of trust for team development. It was also mentioned that the facility administrator has to lead this effort toward establishing a Read More...
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Dealing with Problem Work Behaviors in Long-Term Care
May 13, 2008 12:17 PM by Brian Garavaglia
In the previous article, Problem Personalities can Lead to Workplace Turmoil, a few major personalities and their resultant issues were examined. This paper looks at personality problems, their behaviors, and how to address these issues in long-term care Read More...
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    Brian Garavaglia, PhD
    Occupation: Long-term care administrator
    Setting: Sterling Heights, Mich.
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