Loneliness is an Epidemic Among the Elderly

There’s an old saying about feeling alone in a crowd. Despite living in a community of other residents and nursing staff, the elderly still face the issue of loneliness. Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine conducted a study on loneliness in senior...

The Health of Your Staff is Important

When it comes to infection prevention in long-term care facilities, the discussion usually focuses on the residents. The last thing any facility wants is an outbreak of illness. What about infection prevention for the nursing staff, though? They are exposed to many of...

Person-Centered Care Makes the Difference

Over the years, healthcare providers have endeavored to change healthcare practices and develop new methodologies that benefit the person being cared for. Weiner & Ronch described this shift as an effort to make “long-term care less about care tasks and more about...

The Importance of Documenting Resident Bathing

If it has not been charted, it has not been done. This adage has been drilled into the minds of healthcare workers and for good reason. So much of a healthcare facility’s reimbursement for services provided is directly linked to what is charted in the patient record....

The Effects of Hydrotherapy on Hypertension

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that can lead to kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other complications. If left untreated, hypertension can eventually lead to death. The elderly are at greater risk from...

The Benefits of Whirlpool Bathing

It is well-known that water is centric to all forms of bathing. Not only is water essential for effective hygiene, but it is also therapeutic when experienced in a whirlpool bath (a form of hydrotherapy). When immersed in water, weight on skeletal joints and related...