In one group of hospitalized COVID patients, 82% had self-reported or clinically diagnosed neurological symptoms. “Even if the pandemic is completely eradicated, we are still talking about millions of survivors who need our help,” one investigator says.
The creators of a new automated hospital transfer form say they have identified the five must-have pieces of information needed to reduce clinical complications when nursing home residents are brought to the emergency department.
The Milken Institute has identified key ways to engage direct care workers in improving timely dementia detection and diagnosis.
“Addressing pandemic challenges with success” will feature real-world advice from leaders at Covenant Living Communities, Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Life Plan Communities and Goodman Group. Participants can earn up to three CE credits at this and two other McKnight’s Women of Distinction Forum sessions that day.
CMS’s new rule: LTC providers must report weekly COVID vaccine data in move that could affect assisted living, too … Mandate staff vaccines or promote them with a $1K bonus? Which one works best might surprise you … Wound evaluation needs upgrade to better serve older patients, study finds … New wound treatment material can protect against resistant bacteria … Ibuprofen, other NSAIDs won’t worsen illness or cause death in COVID patients, investigators say … Social isolation’s effect on physical function increases over time, aging experts say
Nursing home residents hospitalized for sepsis have high rates of multidrug-resistant bloodstream infections, putting them at risk for a host of adverse outcomes — including longer intensive care stays, a large medical center study has determined.
A clinical diagnosis of thin and brittle bones is strongly linked to adverse health events from heart attack and stroke due to atherosclerosis, according to a new study. DXA scan results could be used for screening, researchers say.
Despite an aging population and safer surgical procedures, the frequency of abdominal surgery is decreasing among older adults — particularly in those age 85 and older, according to researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine.
Dementia diagnoses and mental health service use drop among elders during pandemic … Alzheimer’s patients’ depression scores rose after pandemic lockdown … Fully 71% of U.S. seniors now vaccinated against COVID; weekly cases fall … AHCA / NCAL’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2021 celebrating ‘light at end of the tunnel’ … Stem cell therapy for Alzheimer’s clears first clinical trial hurdle … Most people with COVID should have no lasting heart damage, researchers say
More than 90% of seniors’ emergency department visits are due to falls — and rates are increasing, the CDC says. The agency’s new Still Going Strong campaign offers prevention information and advice online. New ads initially will target four states known to have the high incidences of elder injuries.
The training includes four virtual, on-demand courses that give providers an overview of key clinical considerations for performing these assessments in the nursing home setting, the agency announced.
Trial participants reported significant near-vision improvements under low-light conditions — without losing distance vision, reports Allergan, which is seeking FDA approval for the drug.
COVID vaccination reduces infection in healthcare workers, new studies show … An inside look at one state’s push to keep at least 90% of LTC residents vaccinated … Aerosol-generating procedures unlikely to pose high risk of COVID infection for staff, experts contend … 6-week COVID rehab program helps patients recover lung, exercise capacity, reduce fatigue … Hospital reduces pandemic-related pressure injury rate with organizational change
A new industry study provides real-world evidence that the sharp drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths after initial vaccine clinics were in fact due to the shots, and that the vaccines are protecting residents, investigators say.
The Minimum Data Set should not be CMS’ sole source for determining the number of nursing home residents using antipsychotic drugs, according to a new report from HHS’ Office of the Inspector General.
A year-long lung health study suggests that recovered COVID-19 pneumonia patients could benefit from tailored clinical follow-up, an exercise program, and treatment to prevent chronic disease.
Post-acute provider adds pathogen-filtering system throughout facilities … Ankle exoskeletons may improve older adults’ walking speeds, researchers say … Rate of dementia increases as kidney function declines … Clock test improves on traditional cognitive tests for detecting early Alzheimer’s, Harvard study finds … Sardine consumption may prevent type 2 diabetes … Many with high blood pressure are taking meds that make it worse
AMDA is challenging industry clinicians and operators to join a push to reduce polypharmacy. Prescribing data will be collected and overall trends analyzed and shared with participants.
A new study in more than 11,000 nursing homes has shown that facilities with Black residents have higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death. The results suggest that the disparities are rooted in structures at the county level, investigators say.
Prediabetes may be more destructive to the heart and vascular system than many clinicians realize, nearly doubling the risk of adverse events, according a new study to be presented at next week’s ACC conference.