Over 800,000 older Americans live in assisted living facilities and another 1.5 million live in nursing homes. The population of people 65 years and older is expected to reach 78 million people by 2030, more than the number of children for the first time in US history. Because of this demographic shift and longer life expectancies, more and more seniors will end up living in retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
These long-term care facilities provide the level of care residents need. However, sometimes seniors and their families are reluctant to choose a long-term facility because of concerns about quality of life. Environmental scenting can have an immediate impact on families’ perceptions of the facility and residents’ quality of life.
HOMEY VS. HOSPITAL
Families are instrumental in choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility for their loved ones. An unpleasant odor can ruin a family’s opinion of a long-term care facility right away.
In nursing homes and similar facilities, malodors can come from a variety of sources including incontinence, dumpsters, restrooms, food preparation areas and strong cleaning agents. This can make your facility seem unsanitary or overly institutional rather than the clean, home-like atmosphere prized by prospective residents and their families.
A professional environmental scenting company like Air Esscentials can eliminate malodors through state-of-the-art scent equipment connected to the HVAC system. Our odor neutralizers break down bad smells rather than try to cover them up.
Capital Senior Living, one of the nation’s largest operators of residential communities for senior adults, uses Air Esscentials’ odor neutralizers in more than 30 facilities. The Waterford at Fort Worth community uses Royal Palm in their greeting area and hallway to create a pleasant, homey environment for visiting families, residents and staff.
Contact your Air Esscentials rep to find out how to make your long-term care facility smell great — because first impressions matter.
See also: Scenting for Seniors’ Well-Being
Julie Rupenski | MedBest
Who says you can’t go home again? Look at LeBron James who started his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, then took his talents to the Miami Heat and subsequently, returned to the Cavs in 2014 and ultimately, captured their first NBA Championship in 2016.
Consider Steve Jobs who left Apple, the company he co-founded in 1985 only to rejoin them a decade and a half later as their new interim CEO. The rest is history.
What do these prominent figures have in common? Both left for greener pastures but later returned. In the workplace, that’s the definition of a “Boomerang Employee.” Boomerang Employees, also dubbed the “comeback kids,” leave their current positions and employers only to return at a later date to work for the organization once again.
Why should you rehire a former employee? The main reason is that they represent one of your most promising pools of talent especially in the senior living industry where talent is at a premium and people don’t stay as long as they used to. According to Dr. John Sullivan, professor, author, corporate speaker, adviser and internationally known HR thought-leader, “the median employee tenure is now down to only 4.2 years.”
Dr. Sullivan also states that boomerang employees “result in quality hires because you only target the best performers to return. As former employees, they are known quantities. You know what to expect in terms of their on-the-job performance and cultural fit.”
Other reasons Boomerang Employees are good for business:
Not reaching out to former employees if you can’t fill an open position, could be a huge missed business opportunity. Many of your former employees could be ready to boomerang back into their old role or a take on a new challenge, but you’ll never know unless you target some of your recruiting efforts towards them.
About Julie Rupenski
Julie Rupenski is the Founder, President & CEO of MedBest, opening the doors in 2001. Since then, Julie has gained national recognition for providing top talent solutions exclusively for the Senior Living Industry. Her specialties include filling C-Suite, Vice President, Regional, and Property level positions.
Julie has an in-depth knowledge of the Senior Living Industry. She previously worked in operations for both Senior Housing and Senior Living prior to founding MedBest. Today, Julie makes it her personal and professional mission to place qualified people in health care positions where they have the greatest impact.
Julie’s industry articles and interviews have been published in Provider Magazine, LeadingAge Magazine, Florida Health Care Association Newsletter, PULSE, Florida Assisted Living Association Magazine, ASPIRE, Florida Senior Living Association Newsletter, Pennsylvania Health Care Association Newsletter, Virginia Assisted Living Newsletter and LeadingAge Florida.
Julie earned her degree in Gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and continues to cultivate her career through senior living conferences, forums, trade shows, and expos.
Contact Julie Rupenski at firstname.lastname@example.org / 727-526-1294.