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Researchers recently created a prototype of a standards-based automated transfer form to help improve the care of nursing home residents transferred to emergency departments by providing more complete information upon arrival.
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“Nursing home residents have a high prevalence of multidrug-resistant blood stream infection, which is associated with higher risk of receiving inappropriate initial anti-infective therapy, higher cost, higher intensive care unit length of stay, and higher mortality,” wrote researchers.
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Long before patients receive a dementia diagnosis, many people begin to mismanage their finances as their memory, organizational skills, and self-control falter.
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Responsible for 34% of the nation’s COVID-19 death toll, nursing homes and long-term care facilities get slammed by their investors and are often told to change.
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“Quality resident care is the cumulative result of multiple measures inclusive of staffing; therefore, administrators should continue to focus on improving quality in nursing homes,” researchers wrote, “which may improve staffing ratios across shifts.”
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The president has proposed a massive infusion of federal funding for home- and community-based health services that advocates say will go a long way toward helping individuals and families.
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Like many states, California is seeing huge regional variations in COVID-19 vaccination rates for people 65 and older. Remote rural counties are in some cases struggling to give away doses to vulnerable seniors, while metropolitan areas often have more demand than supply.
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According to study findings, concentrated nutrient-dense food products blended by hand or using an automatic food mixer can help ensure nursing home residents with dysphagia and chewing difficulties consume more calories.
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“By clarifying factors in the caring behaviors of caregivers, this study provides information that long-term care facilities can use to develop strategies for managing their caregivers and that policymakers can use to establish and implement health care policies for older populations,” wrote…
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Whether it’s making plans to hug their grandchildren or scheduling long-overdue medical appointments, older adults are inching back to a lifestyle they’ve missed during the pandemic.
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