Gerontology & Geriatrics

Researchers study how nursing homes can accommodate obese residents

About 30 percent of nursing home residents are obese. That can complicate their care. The facility may need to buy them special wheelchairs or motorized lifts. Nursing aides may struggle to help them shower. And doctors may ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Key factors for family satisfaction with nursing homes

In recent months, news headlines have included numerous investigations into cases of nursing home staff shortages and resident maltreatment—many of which were reported by the families of vulnerable residents.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

In times of low unemployment, nursing home quality suffers

The low unemployment rate in the U.S.—which fell to a 49 year-low in September and October—is good news to many people, but perhaps not to residents of nursing homes. A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study ...

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Nursing home

A nursing home, convalescent home, Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU), or rest home provides a type of care of residents: it is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living. Residents include the elderly and younger adults with physical or mental disabilities. Eligible adults 18 or older can stay in a skilled nursing facility to receive physical, occupational, and other rehabilitative therapies following an accident or illness.

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