Researchers assessing the accuracy of star ratings for the Nursing Home Care Compare system found the number and severity of pressure ulcers in patients was underreported, thus questioning the reliability of the self-reported data on patient safety measures.
Residents and workers at unionized nursing homes experienced lower mortality and infection rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.
A research team at Rush University Medical Center set out to find out how older LGBTQ+ adults felt in long-term care facilities and what guidelines were in place in these facilities to protect its residents.
Social isolation necessitated by COVID-19 weighs on everyone, especially older adults and those living with disabilities who may have already felt relatively isolated before the pandemic even started, said Greg Shelley, program manager of the Harris County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Likewise, the staff and volunteers who are dedicated to advocating for rights, health, and safety of seniors miss face-to-face visits.