Nursing Homes http://wunc.org en Hospitals Frequently, Quickly Readmit Medicare Recipients http://wunc.org/post/hospitals-frequently-quickly-readmit-medicare-recipients <p></p><p>After a hospital stay, many seniors on Medicare will go to a nursing facility to rehabilitate before going home. But a new study from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence shows many of them return to the hospital before long.</p><p></p><p>Mark Toles teaches at UNC's Nursing school and is a co-author of the report. He said nursing homes often provide good care, but the transition back home can be difficult.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:56:07 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31057 at http://wunc.org Hospitals Frequently, Quickly Readmit Medicare Recipients Counties Need Volunteers To Review Senior Care Centers http://wunc.org/post/counties-need-volunteers-review-senior-care-centers <p></p><p>Regulators who oversee quality at the state's long-term care facilities depend on trained volunteers to visit assisted-living and nursing homes and report back about conditions. But there are ongoing vacancies on the citizen advisory committees in the Triangle.</p><p></p><p>Dennis Streets is the director of the state health department division on Aging and Adult services. He said the job is more important than ever.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:36:50 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30067 at http://wunc.org Counties Need Volunteers To Review Senior Care Centers Nursing Homes Significantly Reduce Rate of Antipsychotic Drug Use http://wunc.org/post/nursing-homes-significantly-reduce-rate-antipsychotic-drug-use <p>North Carolina has reduced its rate of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes by 23 percent over the last year-- that's the highest such improvement rate in the country.<br><br>Many nursing homes and adult care homes have been known to use antipsychotic drugs to help calm and control residents who have dementia. But overmedication can cause all sorts of problems for patients who are so drugged they can't participate in activities and who might fall because the drugs impair their coordination. Bob Konrad is a professor in health policy at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.<br> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:38:41 +0000 Jessica Jones 22472 at http://wunc.org Nursing Homes Significantly Reduce Rate of Antipsychotic Drug Use Services Improving At NC Nursing Homes http://wunc.org/post/services-improving-nc-nursing-homes <p>A nationwide study of nursing homes says North Carolina's facilities are improving.&nbsp;</p><p>A survey commissioned by the federal government shows more nursing homes scored higher on a five-star health rating system in 2011 than in 2009.&nbsp; The number of stars awarded is based on health inspections, the amount of staff at each home, and quality-of-life measures.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:06:43 +0000 Will Michaels 19123 at http://wunc.org Services Improving At NC Nursing Homes The Storied Elderly http://wunc.org/post/storied-elderly <p>When James Clark retired as an English professor from North Carolina State University, he wasn't done teaching. He went from the classroom to the retirement home, where he taught the elderly how to share their experiences with family and friends through creative writing. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:38:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 4261 at http://wunc.org