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Home Care

A Work Schedules Patch For Better Nursing Home Care

Placing a love one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. Imagine if those concerns were ease, simply by some changes in the way; so the schedules are done for the staff at that facility. The work schedules for…

Robotic Pets

Robotic Pets Are A New Trend Among Older Adults

For some older populations, having a pet is not possible. Perhaps they can not care for an animal or their retirement community doesn’t allow it. Robotic companions have entered the market to fill that void, and one University of Cincinnati professor is re-imagining these high-tech pets to not only provide companionship, but care. Claudia Rebola…

Couple

Palliative Care Power Couple Faces Cancer At Home

Kathy Brandt and Kim Acquaviva have been together, death has been a constant companion. It’s the reason they went to work each morning. Acquaviva, a professor of nursing, wrote an acclaimed 2017 book on inclusive end-of-life care for LGBTQ people. Brandt, a nationally know hospice industry leader and consultant, was tapped to write and edit the…

Residents

Better Way To Care For Nursing Home Residents From Restraining Them

Restraints are sometimes use in an attempt to prevent harm for example, to prevent falls or to stop wandering. In some cases, they’re also used to manage “difficult” behaviour. Dementia is a degenerative brain disease which affects not just memory but also mood and behaviour. As neural pathways are lost, the person may be less…

Arts

Arts Therapies Can Help People And Express Their Grief

Peoples having dementia can flourish and show creativity in ways they are; so their caregivers and love ones never thought possible. So under the guidance of a train therapist, creative arts therapies use painting, drama, dance and music to help improve quality of life for people with dementia. Around 50 million people worldwide have dementia and…

Loneliness For People

A Lack Of Facial Recognition Leads To Loneliness For People

The inability to recognise faces is causing loneliness for people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), research from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. AMD is a common eye disorder cause by damage to the macular the part of the eye responsible for our sharpest vision. Lack of facial recognition The study, published in PLOS One,…

Healthy Life

Older Adults With Obesity May Have Fewer Years Of Healthy Life

A team of researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School find that older adults with obesity could expect fewer years of remaining life, at age 60, 70 and 80, with no limitation in physical function and no limitation in activities of daily living compare to individuals of normal weight. The results of this study are publish in…

Palliative Care Lags

Use Of Supportive Palliative Care Lags For Heart Patients

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, relatively few of these patients receive a referral to palliative care focusing on quality of life and value base treatment decisions. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialize medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focus…

Security Cameras

Security Cameras In Nursing Homes Aim To Protect The Vulnerable

For many people who care for aging parents, one solution is a safe, responsible nursing home. But an increasingly common means of ensuring that safety security cameras install by relatives may do more harm than good, says Clara Berridge, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Washington. With reports of crimes against…

Reducing Health Care

Community Volunteers Shows Promise For Reducing Health Care

Incorporating community volunteers into the health care system shows promise in reducing health care usage by older adults and shifting health care from hospitals to primary care; so according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). They find that older adults who took part in the Health TAPESTRY program change the way; which they…

Normal In Old Age

Nearly Half Of Public Wrongly Believe Heart Failure Is Normal In Old Age

Low awareness of heart failure among patients and the public is highlighted in surveys to be presented during Heart Failure 2019 the annual congress of the Heart Failure Association (HFA), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), taking place in Athens, Greece from 25 to 28 May. Today’s preview, on Heart Failure Awareness…

End Of Life

Trends In Site Of Death And Health Care Utilization At The End Of Life

High quality end of life care is important for patients and families; hence is an increasing focus for policy makers and the research community. Although there is marked international variability in end-of-life care practices; so among industrialize countries, including Canada, there are high rates of in-hospital death and use of resource-intensive services, including admission to…