Nursing Homes and Elder Care Health News

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11/3/2017
9/28/2017
It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again

U.S. health officials say this season could be a tough one

9/18/2017
8/28/2017
More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care: Study

More short-term stays the biggest factor fueling the increase

7/16/2017
One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia

Good staff training improved patients' quality of life, lowered costs, study says

6/6/2017
Legionnaires' Hiding in Hospital, Nursing Home Plumbing Systems: CDC

Effective water management, sanitation programs can reduce the risk of exposure to this deadly bacteria

5/31/2017
Getting Bedbugs Out of Nursing Homes, Apartment Buildings - for Good

Taking steps to keep pests away is key in multi-unit housing, insect specialist says

5/31/2017
1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents Has Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

More infection-prevention education and policies are needed, study findings suggest

5/4/2017
Bystander CPR Not Only Saves Lives, It Lessens Disability: Study

Good Samaritans can help prevent brain damage, nursing home care for cardiac arrest victims

4/20/2017
Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs

New method helped quell undesirable behavior by recognizing dementia patients' unmet needs

2/6/2017
For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

Restrictions in some U.S. states are an obstacle, researcher says

1/13/2017
Common Viruses a Deadly Threat at Nursing Homes

RSV and human metapneumovirus need to be taken as seriously as influenza, study author says

10/27/2016
Cranberry Products May Not Prevent UTIs: Study

In female nursing home residents, cranberry capsules didn't affect infection rate

10/26/2016
Less Than Half of Older Hip Fracture Patients Fully Recover: Study

Geriatric experts cite need to set realistic expectations for the injured and their families

10/10/2016
Study Finds Fault With ICU Treatment of Dementia Patients

Hospitals put too many on ventilators, adding to their suffering and treatment costs, researchers say

10/6/2016
Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study

Warning signs such as exhaustion increase the risk for bad outcomes, researchers find

9/8/2016
Health Tip: Choosing a Senior Home

Signs it's a good place for a loved one

7/26/2016
'Managing' Elderly Patients Without Powerful Antipsychotics

Staff training can help eliminate inappropriate practices in nursing homes, study says

6/13/2016
Clashes at Nursing Homes Not Uncommon

20 percent of residents affected over 1-month period, study found

6/10/2016
Dangerous Urinary Tract Infections Common in Nursing Homes

Study found 1 in 20 residents developed a UTI in average month, but many facilities lack preventive measures

5/4/2016
New Guidelines Recommend Inpatient Rehab After Stroke

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association say this helps patients more than a nursing home

3/14/2016
Seniors Often Bring Drug-Resistant Germs to Rehab Centers

About one-quarter tested had so-called 'super-bugs' on their hands upon admission, study finds

2/8/2016
Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

Findings led to an increase in Medicare payments to improve care, researchers say

1/19/2016
Screen Nursing Home Residents for B12 Deficiency: Researchers

Medications can block absorption of the vitamin, causing mental harms

10/2/2015
Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study

Patients more likely to go home within a month if facility handles more than 24 such cases a year

9/8/2015
New Guidelines Call for Kids, Health Care Workers to Get Flu Shots

Pediatric group pushes seasonal vaccine as essential for these groups

8/25/2015
Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents, Study Finds

Despite debate on effectiveness in elderly, it saved thousands of lives, prevented hospitalizations

7/14/2015
Nursing Home Care Improving for U.S. Minorities, Study Finds

Higher reimbursement rates by Medicaid may have played a role, researchers say

7/6/2015
Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

But practice puts patients at risk, researchers note

6/8/2015
Millions More Long-Term Care Workers Needed by 2030: Study

Biggest need is in home and personal care aides, expert says

4/6/2015
Leg Artery Procedure May Be Overused in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

Many patients were immobile or dead a year later, but some benefited

2/25/2015
Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC

Overuse of antibiotics tied to rise in serious infections

2/3/2015
Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine

Lack of immunization may put nursing home residents at risk, researchers note

12/2/2014
40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

U.S. government analysis also found 15 percent had three or more problems

11/21/2014
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests

10/8/2014
Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study

Researchers note problem will only worsen as baby boomers grow old

9/11/2014
Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds: Study

Unnecessary prescriptions lead to more side effects, costs for nursing home residents, experts say

9/10/2014
Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

Researchers say long-term use of drugs in older adults is a concern

6/30/2014
Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study

Price tag for 1 year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says

2/28/2014
Hand Hygiene Lacking in Many U.S. Health Care Facilities: Study

Missing hand sanitizer, gaps in staff training may jeopardize efforts to stem spread of infection, researchers say

1/24/2014
My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia

With no training and no pay, an army of informal caregivers provides a billion dollar service

1/23/2014
For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One

Study identifies safety issues, lack of social activities and health care

12/20/2013
Simple Steps Could Keep People With Dementia at Home Longer: Study

Addressing safety, medical issues key to independent living, researcher says

11/22/2013
Newer Foam Mattresses May Help Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes

Study suggests using high-density mattresses means residents don't need to be turned as often

11/4/2013
J&J to Pay $2 Billion for Improperly Marketing Antipsychotic Drug

Settlement will cover criminal, civil charges with U.S. government, 45 states

10/22/2013
Smartphones May Help Nursing Home Docs Spot Drug Mishaps

90 percent of physicians who used mobile devices avoided at least one error in the previous month, study says

10/11/2013
Home-Delivered Meals Could Help Some Avoid Nursing Home: Study

Many states could save money by feeding seniors at home rather than paying for residential care

10/8/2013
Laparoscopic Surgery for Colon Cancer May Benefit Seniors

Patients who had the less-invasive procedure were less likely to need nursing home care, study finds

10/7/2013
Head Injuries Common in Nursing Home Falls: Study

Using arms to break falls didn't work, video analysis showed

10/4/2013
'Cruise Ship Virus' Vaccine a First-Class Idea?

In early trial, symptoms of norovirus infection were halved, researchers say