Resident care

INTERACT support has little impact on hospitalizations

INTERACT support has little impact on hospitalizations

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Skilled nursing facilities that received support on implementing a quality improvement program showed little change in hospitalization rates compared to facilities that did not receive support, recent research shows.

Common drugs hike death risks by 31%

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A class of medications commonly prescribed to seniors for conditions such as urinary incontinence might increase the risk of mortality among nursing home residents with depression, a recently published study shows.

Program cut CAUTIs by 54%, study finds

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A safety-focused program for skilled nursing facilities helped reduce the rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections by 54%.

Take families' observations  seriously, researchers urge

Take families' observations seriously, researchers urge

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Skilled nursing residents' family members may be the key to helping reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, according to a recent study.

Many carrying noxious bacteria within

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More than a quarter of skilled nursing facility residents have multidrug-resistant bacteria — including E. coli — lurking within them, Columbia University researchers found.

Supportive design, high staff levels promote activity in LTC

Supportive design, high staff levels promote activity in LTC

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Building design, a sense of security, dedicated activity spaces and high staffing levels are all critical to encouraging physical activity among nursing home residents.

Skilled facilities don't skimp on hospice care, study finds

Skilled facilities don't skimp on hospice care, study finds

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Skilled nursing residents receive a similar level of hospice care as patients residing in an assisted living facility or at home, a recent study shows. The study's findings upend previous beliefs that skilled nursing residents may be receiving less care.

Researchers seek face-saving interventions

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Facial injuries among skilled nursing residents may be flying under the radar while significantly boosting healthcare costs in the United States, according to recent research.

Study: Activity engagement helps SNF residents flourish

Study: Activity engagement helps SNF residents flourish

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Residents who regularly participate in a variety of activities are more likely to thrive in a skilled nursing setting than residents whose activities are limited, a recent study shows.

Coordination helps cut hospitalizations

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Care coordination models that use medication management, end-of-life planning and nurse involvement may help reduce hospitalizations and Medicare costs among skilled nursing residents, a recent study shows.

Pigment in veggies linked to brain health

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There's good news for fans of spinach omelets: Foods such as leafy greens and eggs may help stave off age-related cognitive declines, thanks to a pigment known as lutein.

Most LTC residents decline dental care, study concludes

Most LTC residents decline dental care, study concludes

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Almost 90% of long-term care residents do not use available dental care services during their stay, according to recent research from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Study verifies 'as-needed' drugs, falls tie

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Psychotropic drugs, including antipsychotics and antidepressants, increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents, according to a recently published study.

Surviving disaster may up dementia risk

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Older adults who live through a disaster may also face an increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, according to a recent study.

Older adults unlikely to fully recover following hip fracture

Older adults unlikely to fully recover following hip fracture

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Less than half of seniors who suffer hip fractures will recover previous levels of function, according to a new study.

Laughter may be best medicine: study

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A combination of exercise and laughter may boost the mental and physical health of seniors, recent research shows.

Video games and treadmills may be a way to reduce falls

Video games and treadmills may be a way to reduce falls

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A combination of treadmill therapy and virtual reality may help lower the risk of falls in seniors better than using a treadmill alone.

Study: Antibiotics may slow progression of Alzheimer's

Study: Antibiotics may slow progression of Alzheimer's

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Long-term treatment with antibiotics could help decrease levels of amyloid plaques, a telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to recent study results.

Many with stroke risk get wrong drugs

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More than one-third of people at risk for stroke are given the wrong medications, according to a recent study.

Low-scoring SNFs more likely to accept bariatric residents

Low-scoring SNFs more likely to accept bariatric residents

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Obese nursing home residents are more likely to be admitted to poor quality facilities with high numbers of deficiencies, according to research from the University of Massachusetts.

Rosacea patients likely will have higher risk of dementia

Rosacea patients likely will have higher risk of dementia

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A Danish study found an increased risk of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, in patients who have rosacea.

Loneliness increases readmission rates

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In addition to frailty, living alone and feelings of loneliness made elderly patients in a British study more likely to be readmitted to a hospital.

Computers, games might help cognition

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Computer use and social activities like game-playing and crafting could help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Antibiotics may fuel delirium that causes SNF placement

Antibiotics may fuel delirium that causes SNF placement

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The delirium that often lands seniors in nursing homes can be triggered by commonly prescribed antibiotics — a culprit doctors might overlook.

Tailored brain fitness promotes memory

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Patients who receive personalized brain fitness training can make cognitive gains, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

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Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of life, according to New York researchers.

Drugs can provoke urinary incontinence

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A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those conditions.

Panel offers new framework for resident care approach

Panel offers new framework for resident care approach

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A panel of eldercare experts convened by the American Geriatrics Society has developed a definition for person-centered care that aims to standardize the approach across senior care settings.

Feds applaud early results from study targeting blood pressure

Feds applaud early results from study targeting blood pressure

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Federal researchers are so convinced that lower blood pressure goals could save lives, they've ended a landmark study more than a year early.

Minorities skeptical about end-of-life care

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Black Medicare beneficiaries are far less likely to accept hospice care or prepare advanced care directives than their white counterparts, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.

For most seniors, diabetes is uncontrolled

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Only about 30% of older Americans have control over their diabetes, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

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About 23% of skilled nursing patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to moderate or severe pain, a recent study from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services shows.

Latest Alzheimer's discovery looks like a real eye-opener

Latest Alzheimer's discovery looks like a real eye-opener

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Extra sleep can help fruit flies overcome Alzheimer's-like memory problems, according to new research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Happy mind could lead to healthy heart

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Gratitude for the positives in life might improve mood and sleep, according to a rare study examining the effect of spirituality on heart failure patients.

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

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Urinary catheters shouldn't be used routinely to manage urinary incontinence, according to new guidelines released by The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA).

Ask the care expert ... about often missed areas

Ask the care expert ... about often missed areas

We should go over selecting footwear, socks or whatever the resident prefers to wear — and to be sure that the socks or stockings are cleaned daily.

Playing catch may help to reduce falls

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Catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to two studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

LTC urged to prepare for lousy weather

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New federal guidelines that outline climate threats to the healthcare system find nursing homes are more vulnerable during extreme weather and are less resilient afterward.

Social media prep improves residents' well-being: study

Social media prep improves residents' well-being: study

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Social media training improves the well-being of nursing home residents while also helping them connect with family and friends, according to a two-year British study.

Half-brain theory for stroke rehab tested

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A dozen top rehabilitation centers are testing whether suppressing a brain's healthy side might aid stroke recovery.

Study examines 'elderspeak' tendencies in LTC caregivers

Study examines 'elderspeak' tendencies in LTC caregivers

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Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, the resident has dementia or others are not around, a study finds.

Discovery could speed sepsis treatment

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Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by a discovery at the University of British Columbia.

First COPD guide promotes shots, better management

First COPD guide promotes shots, better management

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Patients with COPD should get pneumococcal and flu vaccines to manage their disease and ward off complications, according to new guidelines issued by two of North America's largest thoracic societies.

Depression tool's accuracy questioned

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to recent findings in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Grief could weaken seniors'  immune systems, study finds

Grief could weaken seniors' immune systems, study finds

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The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.

Study gives bathing gloves thumbs-up

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Nursing homes could save money and improve resident skin care by using disposable wash gloves rather than giving traditional soap-and-water bed baths, according to recently published research.

Agencies offer resource for improving LGBT inclusion

Agencies offer resource for improving LGBT inclusion

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Many older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults residing in long-term care facilities do not feel safe being open about their sexual identities, experts say.

Familiar songs ease Alzheimer's: study

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Singing familiar songs may encourage conversation among people with Alzheimer's disease, a small study shows.

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

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Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.