Recent Study Reveals Gross Failure of Nursing Homes to
Adequately Treat Terminally Ill Residents
Three recently published papers (January 2009) examine the findings of a study of the experiences and care of terminally ill nursing home residents. The study, led by principal investigator Jeanie Kayser–Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN, a Professor of Gerontological Nursing & Medical Anthropology at UCSF, found that inadequate staffing and lack of supervision led to inadequate assistance at mealtime, infrequent repositioning, and inadequate incontinence care, which in turn led to weight loss, unrelieved pressure on bony prominences, and irritated skin. The outcome was a high incidence of residents dying with pressure ulcers. One paper also compares the care at two for–profit nursing homes with the care at government–owned hospice units. For copies of the studies, see the links below.
Pressure Ulcers Among Terminally Ill Residents (pdf)
Dying with a Stage IV Pressure Ulcer (pdf)
Nursing Homes: A Health–Promoting or Dependency–Promoting Environment? (pdf)
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