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Registered nurse staffing during the day and evening shifts at New Jersey nursing homes was significantly linked with the staffing rating on Nursing Home Compare but not the overall rating, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Medical Directors…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News There’s widespread agreement that it’s important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what’s necessary, as a nation, to make this possible? That’s the challenge President Joe Biden…
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By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in…
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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, according to a study published online ahead of print in the journal Nutrición Hospitalaria. “Moreover,…
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Both the personal characteristics of caregivers as well as organizational characteristics of the facilities they work are related to caring behaviors in nurses and nurse aides working in long-term care, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News With a mix of relief and caution, older adults fully vaccinated against covid-19 are moving out into the world and resuming activities put on hold during the pandemic. Many are making plans to see adult children and hug grandchildren they haven’t visited for…
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The use of pain management champions led the way toward smoother adoption of evidence-based pain management guidelines by care workers in nursing homes, according to a study published online ahead of print in the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.  “Our findings highlighted that the…
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During the initial COVID-19 outbreak in New York, more than 90 skilled nursing facilities took part in virtual infection prevention and control (IPC) assessments. Researchers described the pilot project in a study published online ahead of print in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. “…
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Leadership sets the tone for staff behaviors that promote quality of care in long-term care facilities, suggests a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.  “Leaders (at all levels) through their role-modeling behaviors can use organizational resources to endorse and…
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Nursing curriculums that better promote the care of older adults would help ease nursing student ambivalence toward clinical placements in nursing homes, suggests a study published online in Nurse Education Today.  “Evidence indicates that nursing students do not view nursing home placements as…
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