Resident Monitoring

Health monitoring tools needed for the elderly

Health monitoring tools needed for the elderly

A new monitoring device received funding via crowdsourcing, and it offers a way for caregivers or residents to scan for vital signs.

GPS shoes under development may help locate wandering Alzheimer's patients

Shoes protect our feet, but who knew they might serve to protect seniors? A sophisticated tracking device in footwear could, one day, help locate wandering Alzheimer's disease patients, according to a news report.

Appreciative residents give staff $435,000 holiday gift

Appreciative residents give staff $435,000 holiday gift

How's this for a Christmas bonus? Employees at a Maryland retirement community will collect more than $435,000 today--from their residents.

Attorney General says more cameras will be hidden in nursing homes

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is expanding his practice of installing hidden cameras in nursing homes to include facilities in western New York, according to local news outlets.

OIG: Nearly all nursing homes violated federal standards in 2007

OIG: Nearly all nursing homes violated federal standards in 2007

More than nine out of 10 nursing homes in the United States last year were cited for violating federal health and safety standards, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

Senate introduces Silver Alert Act; president signs ADA

U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mel Martinez (R-FL) introduced a Senate version of the National Silver Alert Act, which recently passed through the House.

New safety survey available from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

New safety survey available from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a new survey to help nursing homes assess safety, track changes in resident safety over time, and evaluate the impact of safety interventions.

House passes "Silver Alert" legislation to help locate missing seniors

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation that would set up a nationwide "silver alert" system to help coordinate local law enforcement officials in the event of a missing senior.

Hurricane Ike causes nursing home evacuations, power outages in Texas

Hurricane Ike causes nursing home evacuations, power outages in Texas

Evacuated nursing home residents from Galveston, Beaumont and Houston, TX, have been wondering when they will go home after Hurricane Ike caused massive damage in and around the coastal areas of the state.

Study: One-on-one attention at mealtime reduces undesired weight loss

Extra attention at mealtime has been found to help reduce the occurrence of unintentional weight loss among long-stay nursing home residents, according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Advancing Excellence campaign receives major grant from Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund has awarded a $474,000 grant to the steering committee of the Advancing Excellence campaign, a two-year campaign that aims to improve care in the nation's nursing homes.

Researchers: Nursing home residents attacking each other more often than expected

Nursing home residents are lashing out at each other verbally, physically and in other ways more often than previously believed, according to Cornell University-based researchers.

Study: Nursing home residents with dementia receive less pain medication

Residents with Alzheimer's and dementia in nursing homes are receiving fewer pain medications than other residents, despite having as many painful, co-morbid conditions, such as cancer and osteoarthritis, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina.

An imperfect world calls for an increase in risk management

An imperfect world calls for an increase in risk management

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Falls and medication errors can lead to big problems. That is why providers need to be extra vigilant about prevention.

Pay attention: Ritalin might aid in elderly fall prevention

Pay attention: Ritalin might aid in elderly fall prevention

Ritalin, a drug commonly prescribed to improve children's concentration in school, might have a new function in preventing falls among the elderly, according to new research.

Nursing homes may use robots

Three state-run veterans' nursing homes in Kentucky might be receiving some robotic backup, courtesy of the University of Louisville.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

Wrist action

Wrist action

The new CodeWatch transmitter from RF Technologies gives residents wristwatch-like comfort. The small, lightweight device feels familiar and comfortable, which helps put residents at ease.

It's about time

Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.