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Nursing Homes Can Reap Financial Gain From Good Report Cards

HBNS STORY | October 29, 2010

Nursing homes that improve their quality of care – and thereby score high on public report cards – might see financial gains.

Few Studies Delve Into Hospice Care in Nursing Homes

HBNS STORY | March 17, 2011

A new evidence review finds scant high-quality research on the best ways for nursing homes hoping to ease the suffering of older patients through hospice care. Still, the studies suggest that strategies such as teams of specialists and partnerships between nursing homes and hospice care services are essential.

After an Emergency, Comprehensive Care Is Best for Older Patients

HBNS STORY | July 21, 2011

Older people rushed to the emergency room are more likely to be living at home up to a year later if they receive a comprehensive and age-appropriate evaluation during their hospital stay.

The Costs of Long-Term Care

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 14, 2011 | Conversation Continues

Does long-term care insurance have a future? In this roundup, Nancy Folbre, Don Taylor, and Trudy Lieberman offer their forecasts and perspectives on its costs.

Assisted Living Options Grow, Nursing Home Occupancy Declines

HBNS STORY | May 23, 2012

A new study finds an association between an increase in assisted living options, which provide older adults with an array of services such as help with everyday tasks in homelike settings, and a decline in nursing home occupancy. This shift in delivery of care has both positive and negative implications for seniors.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Gail Hunt of the National Alliance for Caregiving

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 26, 2012 | Gail Hunt

Gail Hunt is president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving and serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Center for Aging Service Technology, the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the CFAH Board of Trustees. This is the third in a series of interviews between CFAH President and Founder Jessie Gruman and patient and consumer group leaders about their experiences with and attitudes toward comparative effectiveness research.

Our Caregiver Reality Check

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 1, 2012 | Amy Berman

Who cares for our ill, our aged, our vulnerable? Is it physicians, nurses, social workers, aides? Or is it perhaps another member of the health care team? The largest portion of health care is delivered by families.

Caregivers Neglect Their Own Health, Increasing Heart Disease Risk

HBNS STORY | November 6, 2012

People acting as caregivers for family members with cardiovascular disease may inadvertently increase their own risk for heart disease by neglecting their own health, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Education Can Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Home Patients

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2012

A new review in The Cochrane Library finds that education and social support for staff and caregivers can reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients with dementia.

Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Document your wishes to reduce the chance of receiving care not consistent with your values.

Making Plans for Your End-of-Life Health Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

It’s important to make your wishes known to your family and doctors regarding treatment at the end-of-life. Here are resources to help you have this conversation.

What Is Hospice?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Hospice care can provide extra support for people near the end-of-life and their families. Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Nursing Home

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Choosing a nursing home for a family member can be a challenging and exhausting process.

Palliative Care: Easier Said than Done

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 1, 2013 | Conversation Continues

If we want our end-of-life wishes to be properly carried out, we have to prepare in advance and our clinicians must also be prepared to help us realize them.

Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Elderly with Dementia

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Most older adults with dementia can successfully be taken off antipsychotic medications, which have negative side effects and increase the risk of death, finds a new evidence review from The Cochrane Library.

Some Caregivers Find Hiring a Professional Advocate Helps

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 25, 2013 | Suzie Mitchell

Not long ago, I was chatting with a friend about my mom, whose life had revolved around work since my dad died 17 years ago. I was worried that my mother might be lonely, but worse, I didn't know how I would care for her at such a distance if she got sick.

Nursing Homes with More Black Residents Do Poorly

HBNS STORY | June 25, 2013

Nursing homes with higher proportions of Black residents do worse financially and deliver lower-quality care than nursing homes with few or no Black residents, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 9, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

This week in health news: Using shame to promote weight loss doesn’t work | Black nursing homes face challenges | Hispanic and Black children not getting the right asthma meds | Electronic health records not widespread

What Is Palliative Care?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Palliative care provides therapies are designed to make patients more comfortable and ease the symptoms of serious illnesses or conditions. Learn more.

Long-Term Care and Long-Term Care Insurance

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Learn about long-term care and whether you need long-term care insurance.

Survival Tips for Family Caregivers

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

If a family member or friend has a serious medical illness or procedure, you may be called on to provide care after your loved one leaves the hospital, emergency room or doctor’s office. Assisting with their health care needs frequently falls on untrained family members or friends.

How to Help a Young Caregiver

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 4, 2013 | Tarah Knaresboro

I know a young woman who serves as the primary caregiver for her mother. Watching her put everything on hold to take the helm is both inspiring and heartbreaking. With her stamp of approval, here are ten tips for anyone out there trying to support a caregiver.

A Better Health System for Frail and Disabled Elders

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 9, 2013 | Ken Covinsky

Let's stop telling the public that exercising and eating blueberries are guarantees for avoiding frailty and disability. Let's start talking about how to maintain our quality of life as we age and inevitably encounter health problems.

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 14, 2014 | Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing...

A Phone Call from a Pharmacist Can Reduce Some Hospital Admissions

HBNS STORY | April 10, 2014

Pharmacist-patient telephone consultations appear to reduce hospitalizations in patients who are least at risk, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Vitamin D with Calcium May Prevent Bone Fractures for High-Risk Seniors

HBNS STORY | May 29, 2014

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

Seeing the Government's Star Ratings Is One Thing, Believing Them Is Another

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 9, 2014 | Trudy Lieberman

Just a few years ago it seemed that advocates for health care transparency had scored a big victory. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they would rate nursing homes by awarding five stars to the best and fewer stars to lower-quality facilities. It turns out, though, that five-star nursing homes may not be delivering five-star quality...

Elderly Who Have Had Serious Falls May Show Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

HBNS STORY | September 11, 2014

Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Another Strategy in the Health Care Reimbursement Game

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 17, 2014 | Trudy Lieberman

American health care has become a gigantic game board with players of all sorts strategizing to win. Winning, of course, means getting more money from payers...

Home Health, Palliative Care, Hospice: What's the Difference and Who Needs Them?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 6, 2014 | Janet Bollig

I recently spoke with a gentleman with a significant illness whose main goal is to stay home. He decided to utilize our skilled home health services and home medical equipment. Over time, he transitioned into our palliative care program and currently is in our hospice program. Here is information on what these services are and who may benefit from them...

Nearly Half of Older Americans Need Support With Daily Routines

HBNS STORY | October 23, 2014

About 18 million Americans age 65 and older require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals, finds a new study in Milbank Quarterly. The research shows a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers."