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Researchers recently examined the relationship between social demographics and incidence or worsening of pressure ulcer sores among patients in postacute care settings. According to the study findings, which were published online in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, evidence suggests disparities…
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By Lori Basheda, Kaiser Health News SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a new senior center in this northern San Diego County town, where he eats a hot lunch, plays cards and gets physical therapy to help restore…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who exercise may reduce their risk of falls by more than a third compared to sedentary peers, a research review suggests. Workouts that focus on improving balance, coordination, mobility, and flexibility all may help reduce the risk of falls…
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By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News As huge swaths of California burned last fall, federal health officials descended on 20 California nursing homes to determine whether they were prepared to protect their vulnerable residents from fires, earthquakes and other disasters. The results of…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Many nursing home residents who are hospitalized develop preventable health problems after they go back to the nursing facilities, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 555 such people who were discharged from hospitals back to nursing homes in…
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By Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs. The researchers used demographic and…
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Findings from a recent study, conducted to determine the prevalence of skin cancer, showed a high incidence of actinic keratoses among nursing home residents. Non-melanoma skin cancer has steadily increased among the elderly population, along with morbidity and related medical costs, and has…
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By Melissa Bailey and JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer…
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A new study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, found that early diagnosis and optimal management of dysphagia should be addressed as a priority issue in nursing homes. Nursing home residents often experience dysphagia, which is associated with higher…
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According to a recent article, a hospital has cut its rate of patient falls by 39% using advanced predictive analysis—a strategy that other facilities with high fall rates could theoretically utilize as well (Healthcare IT News, April 12, 2017). The 420-bed hospital located in California, El…
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