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Dr. Robert Nathan Mayer


The world has lost a great leader and humanitarian. Robert Mayer, head of The Rothschild Foundation, lost his battle with cancer. Rob was passionate about improving the quality of life for elders living in nursing homes -- but that was only one arena where his dedication made a difference. Civil war history and memorabilia was another great passion. I am humbled to have been able to work with him for 10 year, and will miss his keen insight and knack for knowing what to do to make a real difference. Rest in Peace Rob-- we will carry on the work!


Read full obituary here




A Process for Care Planning for Resident Choice

From the Rothschild Person-Centered Care Planning Task Force.


The purpose of the Rothschild Person-Centered Care Planning process is to support Long-term care communities in their efforts to honor residentsí choices that influence quality of care and quality of life, while mitigating potential risks associated with those choices. This process is specifically aimed at care planning when the choice carries sufficient risk, perhaps related to impaired cognition and inadequate decision-making capacity, and the community is considering not honoring the residentís wishes. Following the Rothschild Person-Centered Care Planning process will help the community work with the resident to understand and respect choices to the greatest extent possible, in line with CMS regulations. Click here to download a free copy


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Are you seeking more creative ways to engage your residents in meaningful living?

Are you looking for tips on how to better reach-out to the broader community?

Have you been seeking ideas on how to enrich your arts programming?

Have you been searching for new person-centered care initiatives?

We are pleased to introduce you to a new free resource titled Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long Term by Judy Rollins.  This comprehensive guide is the result of a multi-year collaborative project between IDEAS Institute and Global Alliance for Arts and Health. 
This guide to the arts and long term care walks care communities, artists and arts organizations step-by-step through the process of

  • identifying training needs of staff,
  • developing an arts program,
  • implementing a program that focuses on active engagement,
  • securing funding,
  • evaluating programs and disseminating information, and
  • celebrating successes.

Bringing the Arts to Life provides numerous examples of current model programs in long-term care communities that demonstrate how the arts play a key role in moving toward person centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.  The examples of activities, program forms and samples of the planning processes will help the reader increase the availability and effectiveness of arts programs in long-term care communities. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation; a national philanthropy committed to person-centered care.


Click here for a complimentary copy of the book



CMS Clarifies Handrails in Corridor Requirement.

Based on an inquired submitted by Margaret Calkins, CMS has clarified that handrails are only required in corridors where there are walls to attach them to, not that walls are required for handrails to be attached to. Since corridors are not defined as having two walls, this allows for 1-sided corridors, with the second side open to shared social spaces. 


Click here to read the request for clarification and the response




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