Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and many other multicultural holidays are celebrated in December and traditionally generate times of celebration, stress, happiness, depression, and credit card debt for families. For the nursing home staff “family”, similar emotions are experienced and in addition, for those in management, there is the stress of having adequate staff to cover all these major holidays.

Caregivers want to be there for their patients AND their biological family as well. Somehow, every year, the shifts are covered, time off requests granted for some while others work, postponing their family gatherings. Emotions can run high but organization, strategizing, negotiating, and leadership win – a schedule is produced, the patients receive the care, and the extra holiday attention they need. (Holiday cookies and chocolates – the spoonful of sugar – help.)

When all these holidays have passed this December 2018 those same leadership skills must switch into an even higher gear in anticipation of the PDPM Season, beginning officially October 1, 2019. Some nursing home administrators and nursing management have begun to plan – even while stressing over the holiday staff needs. Others have not begun to develop their strategy for PDPM. My goal is to help you wherever you and you facility might be in preparing for this next big change in Medicare reimbursement for short stay patients.

Our next post will provide some PDPM basics to get you started.