Urinary Incontinence in Nursing Home Residents: Challenges and Solutions

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem among many elderly nursing home residents in the country. Statistics show that over 50% of residents suffer from the problem, which causes the involuntary discharge of urine. Nursing home residents tend to develop UI primarily due to two reasons: immobility and dementia. Immobility – If a resident is unable to get to the toilet whenever they need … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Prescriptions Raise Serious Concerns For The Health And Safety of Residents With Dementia

Drug therapy is recommended for elderly patients in nursing homes for three reasons: To enhance or at the very least prevent further deterioration of their functional capacity. To improve or maintain their quality of life to the most realistic possible extent. To reduce the risk of violence in patients with extreme cases of dementia and other disorders of this kind. The American … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients in Ohio’s Nursing Homes

The US population is growing older. The number of people in the age group of 65 and above increased by nearly one-third in just 10 years from 2005 to 2015. As the population ages, the number of people suffering from age-related conditions also go up. Dementia, in particular, is a condition that afflicts many elderly Americans today. More than five million Americans are patients of … [Read more...]

Ohio Nursing Homes Face Critical Understaffing Issues

Understaffing occurs when a nursing home does not have an adequate amount of staff to provide safe and compassionate care. In 2015, more than 70 percent of the nursing homes in Ohio were understaffed. This is worse than the national average of 62 percent of nursing homes being understaffed, according to recent federal nursing home figures. For the residents of these long-term care … [Read more...]

Satisfaction Surveys Give Consumers, Nursing Home Residents and Providers a Look at How They Fare

Did you know Ohio nursing homes and residential care centers regularly conduct “family and resident satisfaction surveys” and personal interviews of residents, then post ratings of facilities on a public website accessible to everyone? The Ohio Department of Agency (ODOA) sponsors the Family Satisfaction Survey program contracting with Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University in Oxford, … [Read more...]

Dehydration of the Elderly in Ohio Nursing Homes: Challenges and Solutions

Dehydration is one of the most common problems faced by the elderly in Ohio’s nursing homes. It is a condition wherein the amount of fluids lost through the cells is greater than the number of fluids consumed by a person. The human body can function at full capacity only if it is properly hydrated. Excessive loss of fluids, due to whatever reason, can badly affect the body’s ability to function … [Read more...]

Challenges of Elopement in Ohio Nursing Homes & Strategies to Mitigate These Types of Risks

In May 2018, three nursing home staffers in Ohio were indicted by a grand jury with regard to an elderly resident’s death, who had eloped from the nursing home. The tragic incident led to the termination of four workers of the nursing home. The nursing home resident was a 76-year old woman with dementia and a recorded history of wandering away from the facility. On the fateful day, a few hours … [Read more...]

Effective Fall Prevention Strategies to Reduce Nursing Home Injuries in Ohio

Fall prevention at nursing homes in Ohio and the rest of the country continues to be a vital focal point for improvement in patient safety. While only five percent of adults over the age of 65 reside in nursing homes, this segment of the population accounts for nearly 20 percent of fall-related fatalities within this age group. 1,2 Anywhere between 50 and 75 percent of the residents of nursing … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Issues in Ohio

Nursing home neglect and abuse has emerged as a serious issue across the country. In recent times, the federal government has begun to recognize the problem and has tried to take steps to address the situation through more effective regulation of assisted living centers and nursing homes. Some of the states, including Ohio, have taken additional steps in this direction. It is vital to have some … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Example Cases: Bedsores

Misplaced Trust in “Quality” Nursing Home Care Family members face difficult, often heart-wrenching decisions on behalf of their loved ones when deciding to entrust them in the care of a nursing home or other residential care facility. These decisions are inextricably linked, whether you’re seeking help for physical illness or a mental, dementia-related cause, to the desire for quality care. That … [Read more...]

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