Patients discharged from skilled nursing facilities with functional limitations are at greater risk of being readmitted to a hospital with potentially preventable problems.
A study of geriatric care nurses found that many still crush medications, split doses or otherwise modify orally administered medicines — a practice they see as helping patients with swallowing difficulties, dementia or other conditions.
A national preventive program that promotes evidence-based infection prevention and control practices can curb the risk of infection by streamlining the dissemination of information to nursing home staff.
Having more hospice providers working with a nursing home doesn't necessarily reduce end-of-life hospitalizations.
An in-person survey of 320 Kansas nursing homes showed that facilities with a specific approach to patient-centered care had more satisfied residents than those without it.
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are working with nursing homes to develop a program that provides advance care-planning for patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Nurses and others who screen hospital patients for delirium tend to disagree on the diagnosis, according to a longitudinal study of three centers in the Netherlands.
Improved caregiver education can help residents maintain oral health over longer periods, according to research published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology in September.
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Certified nurse assistants who practice frequent glove use may be the key to hampering the spread of dangerous pathogens, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
An online game designed to teach diabetes self-management significantly decreased hemoglobin A1c, a common marker for diabetes control, according to research published in Diabetes Care in August.
Healthcare professionals may improve palliative care for residents with advanced dementia by improving communication with residents' caregivers, a recent study found.
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.
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.
A safety-focused program for skilled nursing facilities helped reduce the rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections by 54%.
Skilled nursing residents' family members may be the key to helping reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, according to a recent study.
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.