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Summary of this study. Researchers compared hospital admission rates among nursing home residents before and after the nursing home staff received specialized training on how to avoid hospitalizations using early intervention techniques.
Older Adults with Dementia Who Live in Communities Have Unmet Needs, as Do Their “Informal” Caregivers
About 70 percent of the 5.4 million older Americans with dementia live in communities, rather than in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes.
PACE Program Reduces Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries’ Risks of Hospitalizations, Re-hospitalizations, and Avoidable Hospitalizations
Over nine million Americans are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Known as “dual-eligibles,” many of these adults are frail and have complex and expensive health problems.
POLST Program Enables Patients to Document Wishes for Life-Sustaining Treatment New study Links Program to Lower Rates of Unwanted Hospitalization
Nursing home patients who participate in a program that enables them to record their wishes for life-sustaining treatment are far less likely to receive unwanted hospitalization and medical interventions than are other patients, say the researchers of a new multi-state study.
Hospitalizations can be very difficult for nursing home residents. They can be upsetting and uncomfortable, and can increase risks of medical complications. Spending a lot of time in a hospital bed can result in loss of strength, which can leave an older person more likely to fall. Older adults may … more
The incidence of urinary incontinence (UI) in American nursing homes is high. According to recent studies, between 43% and 81% of nursing home residents in the United States have Urinary incontinence.