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Travelling Nurse Kills Nursing Home Resident During California Nursing Home Strike

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During the recent California nursing strike, a resident died due, allegedly, to inadequate care by a “traveling nurse.” Known as a traveling nurses or replacement nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and other medical facilities often contract with nursing agencies bring in short or long-term temporary nursing staff. Due to the nursing shortage, nurses…

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Nursing Homes Lobbying for Fewer Regulations

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The chairman of the United States Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development has recommended that the group issue regulations limiting long-term care facility inspections. Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) believes that “inspections for facilities can be ‘duplicative with state and local health and safety codes and at times even contradictory’ under the National Housing…

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Study Shows Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes Are Being Transferred to Hospitals for Questionable Reasons

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The rate of questionable transfers of end-stage dementia patients from nursing homes to hospitals has raised flags for public health researchers at Brown University. After analyzing Medicare records of approximately 475,000 patients, the team, led by Dr. Joan Teno, M.D., found that nearly 20 percent of dementia patients were transferred from their nursing homes into…

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iPad 2 Linked with Improved Memory and Socialization Skills in Dementia Patients at Nursing Homes

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In a “happy accident,” one Orange County, Florida, nursing home facility has found that the iPad 2 is helping dementia residents reclaim some of their memory, motor, and social skills. Although devices that monitor movements, habits and temperature have been used in nursing homes for years, the iPad is one of the first high-tech devices…

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Proposed Legislation Would Allow Nursing Home Staff to Administer Painkillers without Prescriptions

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Newly proposed legislation could soon allow nurses in nursing homes to administer controlled substance painkillers to residents when acting on a physician’s verbal orders. The legislation comes despite increasing numbers of nursing home residents who have been killed because of poorly administered, or over-administered, painkillers. (more…)

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Preventing Falls in Nursing Homes

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Each year, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults ages 65 and older falls. Falls are the leading cause of injuries that result in death. In nursing home residents, falls are the leading cause of injury. Even when the fall does not result in injury, most elderly people who fall develop an acute…

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