Average skilled nursing resident with COVID took more than 3 weeks to overcome disease
Jul 19, 2021
Most nursing home residents with COVID-19 were symptomatic for more than three weeks, which prolonged their recovery from the disease, according to a new study conducted by Indiana University researchers.
Docs ignore EHR nudges to deprescribe dementia-linked drugs: study
Jul 09, 2021
An attempt to encourage reduced use of anticholinergics failed to win the attention of physicians and patients, according to a new study.
Q&A: Clinical best practices when gauging residents’ end-of-life preferences — a POLST expert weighs...
Apr 29, 2021
There’s a clear need to improve the quality of Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, in nursing homes, says Susan E. Hickman, Ph.D. An expert on the subject, she spoke with...
COVID cases fall 82% in nursing homes; vaccination will help thwart variants, advocates say
Mar 03, 2021
The steep drop in coronavirus cases over seven weeks is a sign that vaccinations are working and are the key to a normalized life for residents, the AHCA/NCAL says.
Staff and residents differ in willingness to be vaccinated
Jan 04, 2021
There is a distinct contrast between the numbers of long-term care staff members and residents willing to receive the first round of COVID-19 vaccines, industry observers report. Education is key to supporting...
Residents with cognitive impairment face more hospital admissions
Oct 21, 2020
Respiratory distress was also linked to more admissions after ED transfers. In contrast, residents with falls, trauma or fracture, non-gastrointestinal bleeding, and pain were more likely to be discharged...
Hospitals need to give patients better guidance about post-acute facilities, experts argue
Aug 14, 2014
Too many patients choose a post-acute care facility for the wrong reasons because hospitals do not give necessary and needed guidance, according to a paper forthcoming in the Annals of Long-Term Care.
Optimistic beginning for a hospital-avoidance program
Nov 04, 2013
It’s not hard to see why federal regulators want fewer residents going to hospitals. It’s good to see somebody’s trying to make it happen, too.
Minorities have lower utilization of hospice, have higher overall costs, research finds
Jun 26, 2012
While enrollment in hospice is soaring, nonwhite Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure are 20% less likely to use hospice, a new study finds.