Graphic: Illustration of the care bed of the future; Copyright: DFKI GmbH / Annemarie Popp

Robotics in care – care bed of the future


Physical strains are one of the main reasons for sick leaves and early retirement amongst nursing staff. In order to support workers and give patients more independency, the project AdaMeKoR works on robotic systems and sensor solutions for hospital beds.
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COVID-19 brief offers roadmap to government action for assisted living facilities


In a policy brief, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) offered a roadmap to guide federal, state, and local governments addressing COVID-19 concerns in an important but oft-overlooked arena: Assisted living facilities (ALFs). The brief, which joins an earlier statement on COVID-19 care in nursing homes, outlines recommendations based on the latest research and guidance.
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Photo: Elderly woman in a nursing home with a wheeled walker using a nose and mouth mask; Copyright: PantherMedia/Chai2523

Nursing homes prepared for pandemics, but COVID-19 reveals gaps


The COVID-19 pandemic has hit some nursing homes especially hard – including in the hotspot state of Michigan. Hundreds of deaths of residents in homes from Seattle to Boston have raised concerns about how well facilities are protecting the 1.3 million older Americans who live in them. Those concerns have prompted new federal and state requirements about testing and transparency.
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Call for palliative care to be adapted for severely ill COVID-19 patients


Emergency-style palliative care needs to implemented to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients who wouldn't benefit from a ventilator say researchers. This is the first time that palliative care has been examined in the light of the current global pandemic.
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Exercise reduces caregiver's burden in dementia care


The research group "geriatric psychiatry in motion" develops and evaluates exercise programmes for geriatric mental health care. Latest results from a study in acute dementia care indicate a special exercise programme is not only effective for the patients themselves, but also reduces the professional caregiver's burden caused by neuropsychiatric symptoms.
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Caring for seniors during coronavirus pandemic


Older adults are at elevated risk for complications from COVID-19 and are dying at a higher rate than younger patients. In light of these concerns, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine scientists lay out guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers and family caregivers who are providing care for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Concept for caregiver workload relief: "Empathy is a fundamental part of being human"


Caregivers encounter many different emotions in their jobs. Patients are in pain, have questions about their own mortality or they pass away. The empathy-based relief concept empCARE was founded to better handle these emotional experiences. With the help of training courses, caregivers are taught to learn how to prevent an empathic emotional overreaction.
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Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector


In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Kinaesthetics: "People learn to pay attention to their own body motions"


Caregiving activities are physically exhausting. This is why it is important both for nursing staff and caregiving family members to optimize their physical movements. Sabine Sieben is a kinesthetic trainer and spoke with about the kinesthetic concept and its advantages for in-home care.
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"The reasons that lead to violence in care are complex and complicated"


Abuse in care has many different forms and is still a taboo subject. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day wants to shed a bright light on this issue. This year, the Center for Quality in Care, ZQP, introduced its new featured report titled "Preventing Violence in Care". spoke with ZQP foundation president Dr. Ralf Suhr about seamless transitions and active prevention.
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