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There's So Much I'm Thankful for This Year

November 21, 2022 | Mark Woodka

We’re nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic and still dealing with the ramifications to the senior living industry. It’s been a difficult year for so many in the community, but I’ve been...

10 Unique Free or Low-Cost Employee Rewards

November 18, 2022 | Rachel Gee

Recognizing and rewarding employees for their accomplishments isn’t just a nice thing to do – it can be a huge motivator and a key to retention. A quarter of senior care workers surveyed by OnShift...

5 Strategies for Staffing During the Holidays

November 17, 2022 | Rachel Gee

The holidays can be a good time to relax and be with family and friends, and no one deserves this time more than caregivers and frontline staff. However, it can be a challenge for long-term care and...

Finding Joyful Moments This National Assisted Living Week

September 13, 2022 | Peter Corless

Happy National Assisted Living Week! This year, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) chose the theme “Joyful Moments” for their weeklong celebration of the role of assisted living in caring...

Reducing The Impact Of CMS’s 5-Star Quality Rating Changes

July 21, 2022 | Peter Corless

As of July 27th, you may see a change in your organization’s star rating on the Medicare.gov Care Compare website. As detailed in a previous blog post, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

CMS Announces Changes To Staffing & Overall Quality Rating Calculations

July 13, 2022 | Peter Corless

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updated staffing measures tied to the calculation of the Five-Star Staffing rating, as well as overall Five-Star Quality...

Senior Care Staff Scheduling Blunders That Are Leaving Your Employees Dissatisfied

July 6, 2022 | Cari Rosenberger

What do resident outcomes, organizational success, and employee satisfaction have in common? They can all be impacted, either positively or negatively, based on how you manage your employee schedule....

How to support your staff during rising inflation

June 27, 2022 | Elise Walton

Inflation is affecting every industry, but can be acutely felt by hourly workers like senior care staff. In May, inflation reached a 40-year high of 8.6%. In particular, the cost of gas, food and...

Get Inspired By These CNA Stories

June 16, 2022 | Mark Woodka

Spend any amount of time at a nursing home or assisted living community and you’ll quickly realize how crucial CNAs are. Their work makes an impact on the lives of the residents and their families,...

Personal, meaningful recognition is crucial to employee performance

June 9, 2022 | Elise Walton

To be successful, senior care leaders need to get creative with how they combat today’s workforce management challenges. The biggest hurdles are clear – according to our survey of senior care...

Meal & Rest Breaks: What Senior Care Providers Need To Know To Stay Compliant

May 23, 2022 | Cari Rosenberger

Federal law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) do not require employers to provide short rest or meal breaks. And while the vast majority of employers do provide rest and unpaid meal breaks, a...

A Standing Ovation For The 2022 OnShift Applause Award Winners

April 27, 2022 | Mike DiComes

For the past decade, OnShift has celebrated and honored a critical role in the post-acute and senior living workforce, the staff scheduler, with our Scheduler of the Year award. This year, we knew we...