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Nursing Home

Nursing Home
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Author(s): Shuyan Xie (The University of Alabama, USA), Yang Xiao (The University of Alabama, USA) and Hsiao-Hwa Chen (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 39
Source title: Pervasive and Smart Technologies for Healthcare: Ubiquitous Methodologies and Tools
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Antonio Coronato (CNR, Italy) and Giuseppe De Pietro (CNR, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-765-7.ch003

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Abstract

A nursing home is an entity that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services to people with illnesses, injuries or functional disabilities, but most facilities serve the elderly. There are various services that nursing homes provide for different residents’ needs, including daily necessity care, mentally disabled, and drug rehabilitation. The levels of care and the care quality provided by nursing homes have increased significantly over the past decade. The trend nowadays is the continuous quality development towards to residents’ satisfaction; therefore healthcare technology plays a significant role in nursing home operations. This chapter points out the general information about current nursing home conditions and functioning systems in the United States, which indicates the way that technology and e-health help improve the nursing home development based on the present needs and demanding trends. The authors’ also provide a visiting report about Thomasville Nursing Home with the depth of the consideration to how to catch the trends by implementing the technologies.

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