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Public Perception of Long-Term Care Spells Trouble

As long-term care becomes a growing public policy issue, having a clearer idea of the American public’s perception of policy options, finances, and information sources related to ongoing living assistance becomes increasingly important for understanding and successfully addressing the population’s needs. A recent survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center and the...

Concerns about Discrimination Against Individuals with AIDS and HIV in Senior Housing

The population of individuals living into older age with HIV is increasing. It is estimated that within the next year, 50 percent of those living with HIV will be over the age of 50. These individuals have a multitude of experiences and unique conditions related to this disease. The increasing numbers of older adults with HIV are due to multiple causes; for instance, older adults who...

Why Turnover in Nursing Home Staff Matters

Although prior research on factors impacting quality indicators of resident outcomes in nursing homes has focused on nursing home staffing and skill mix, less attention has been paid to the potential impact of staff turnover. A recent study used data from the National Nursing Home Survey to determine the impact of nursing staff turnover on residents. Even when staffing mix, bed size,...

Individual & Facility Characteristics Predict Quality of Life Scores for Nursing Home Residents

Much attention has been paid to factors influencing quality of care in nursing home facilities, but less attention has been paid to what contributes to quality of life for nursing home residents. A recent study in the Gerontologist looks at which aspects of nursing home residents and nursing home facilities correlate with the different aspects of quality of life. To address this...

Association between Sleep Medicine & Falls in Nursing Homes

Nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication has been used increasingly at nursing homes to manage insomnia, a frequently diagnosed condition in such settings that has a negative impact on overall health and quality of life. While initially thought to be safer than traditional benzodiazepine medications in terms of fall risk, some research suggests that nonbenzodiazepine use may also increase...

Scientific Uncertainty around Mild Cognitive Impairment Can Create Tension for Diagnosed Individuals

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a relatively recent diagnostic category, covering a wide range of cognitive impairment that is less severe than that which meets the diagnostic criteria for dementia. MCI is a diverse category that has been associated with a wide range of biological and functional markers. In fact, there is still a good deal of dissent on the prevalence and...

Fall Management Approach May Lessen Consequences of Falls

It is estimated that over one-half of nursing home residents will fall in any given year. While many risk factors for falling are not amenable to modification (e.g., age, chronic disease, dementia), many falls are caused by modifiable risk factors such as footwear, environment and design factors, and the side effects of medication. Recently, researchers have been drawing attention to...

Do Policy Reports Affect Falls Reduction Practices? Evidence from England & Wales

Falls prevention research often leads to useful findings, many of which can be fairly simply implemented in home and long-term care settings to reduce falls incidence. Often, such findings are summarized in policy briefs and similar reports, in which experts draw from current research to present usable practices and guidelines for clinicians, administrators, and the lay population. Are...

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