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Staff talk not a help for this

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A program meant to improve communication among nursing home staff didn't help reduce falls in facilities, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed.

Coroner rules odd nursing home death accidental; state findings yet to be released

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The coroner of St. Clair County, where an 85-year-old resident of a suburban St. Louis nursing home was found dead, strapped to her wheelchair at the bottom of some stairs, ruled Wednesday the death was the result of a fall, and not criminal wrongdoing.

Future robots may help residents avoid falls, avoid danger

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A robot that could help residents who have fallen, and send an alert when there's unusual behavior, is currently being developed in Europe, according to The Telegraph.

Seniors with disabilities less likely to recover from fall injuries: study

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Seniors who have a hip fracture or another serious fall injury are significantly more likely to recover if they had little or no disabilities before the accident, according to a new study.

GoSafe keeps residents in contact with responders

GoSafe keeps residents in contact with responders

Philips recently unveiled the Lifeline GoSafe, a system that helps keep seniors in touch with emergency responders in cases of trips and falls.

Fall risk in new nursing home residents tied to CNA staffing levels, study says

Fall risk in new nursing home residents tied to CNA staffing levels, study says

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The risk for falls among newly admitted, short-stay nursing home residents is tied to certified nursing assistant staffing levels, new research has determined.

Use of physical restraints decreases in nursing facilities, but anti-anxiety drug use grows, industry report shows

Use of physical restraints decreases in nursing facilities, but anti-anxiety drug use grows, industry report shows

Use of physical restraints, falls, and emotional and behavioral symptoms dropped at nursing and rehabilitation facilities across the country over the last decade. But other quality indicators, such as the prevalence of anti-anxiety drug use, increased. That is according to a report released Monday by the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care.

AHRQ: Fall-related injuries land 1 in 10 seniors in emergency room

AHRQ: Fall-related injuries land 1 in 10 seniors in emergency room

Injurious falls among elderly adults accounted for 1 in 10 emergency department visits among those 65 and older in 2006, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.