More than a quarter of skilled nursing facility residents have multidrug-resistant bacteria — including E. coli — lurking within them, Columbia University researchers found.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psychotropic drugs, including antipsychotics and antidepressants, increase the risk of falls among nursing home residents, according to a recently published study.
Older adults who live through a disaster may also face an increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, according to a recent study.
Less than half of seniors who suffer hip fractures will recover previous levels of function, according to a new study.
A combination of exercise and laughter may boost the mental and physical health of seniors, recent research shows.
A combination of treadmill therapy and virtual reality may help lower the risk of falls in seniors better than using a treadmill alone.
Long-term treatment with antibiotics could help decrease levels of amyloid plaques, a telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to recent study results.
More than one-third of people at risk for stroke are given the wrong medications, according to a recent study.
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.
A Danish study found an increased risk of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, in patients who have rosacea.
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.
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.
The delirium that often lands seniors in nursing homes can be triggered by commonly prescribed antibiotics — a culprit doctors might overlook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal researchers are so convinced that lower blood pressure goals could save lives, they've ended a landmark study more than a year early.
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.
Only about 30% of older Americans have control over their diabetes, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
A dozen top rehabilitation centers are testing whether suppressing a brain's healthy side might aid stroke recovery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.
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.
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.
Singing familiar songs may encourage conversation among people with Alzheimer's disease, a small study shows.
Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Current guidelines for intravenous feeding may need revisions to prevent bloodstream infections more effectively, a new study suggests.
Nearly one-third of knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. may be classified as "inappropriate," Virginia researchers found in a new study.
While it is clear that poor vision increases the risk of falling, improved vision might also increase this risk, a new study suggests.
The calf circumference of residents is a "good substitute" for body mass index when using the Mini Nutritional Assessment Short-Form, according to a study published in May.