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Survey of the level of confidence and satisfaction among nursing home nurses regarding an intensive telegeriatrics nurse training programme

Telegeriatrics Nurse Training Course (TNTC) is a collaboration between Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and three partnering nursing homes (NHs). The aim of the study was to quantitatively measure the impact of the TNTC on NH nurses' self-reported confidence and satisfaction in their telemedicine knowledge and skills.

A pilot study of nursing home residents' transfers to the acute care hospital: a Singapore perspective

Older people living in nursing homes (NHs) are a vulnerable and complex population, with higher rates of hospitalisation. While hospitalisations are necessary for some cases, a portion of them are inappropriate and potentially avoidable. The study aimed to identify the profile of NH residents who were transferred to acute care hospital and determine hospital transfers which were potentially avoidable. 

Nurses' attitudes and knowledge on physical restraints use at pre- and post- workshop in Singapore nursing homes

Use of physical restraints is a possible nursing intervention for frail, cognitively impaired older persons. However, decisions about the use of physical restraints are complex and ethically laden. An iCare workshop included a segment on physical restraints use, accompanied by an experiential activity. The study examined pre-post iCare workshop session knowledge, perceived importance and feelings regarding the use of physical restraints in nursing homes.


Advance care planning: attitudes of Catholic nuns 

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process whereby individuals discuss, state and document their values and wishes regarding medical care with their caregivers, in the event that are incapacitated from making decisions on their own. The aim of the study was to explore Catholic nuns' perspectives towards ACP. 

GeriCare: advance care planning - a survey of views of healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes in Singapore

Advance Care Planning (ACP) involves open conversations with loved ones about future care and treatment. To date, the implementation of ACP in nursing homes (NHs) has been is not widely researched. The aim of the study was to explore ACP experiences, perspectives and roles within ACP amongst NH staff and residents, in order to guide quality improvement initiatives and create resources for long-term care homes.

GeriCare: telegeriatrics in nursing homes of Singapore: an exploratory, qualitative study of user perspectives

Telegeriatrics, a programme initiated by an acute hospital in December 2010, allowed the hospital's geriatricians to provide specialist care for nursing home (NH) residents. The study aimed to understand user perceptions and experiences of the telemedicine system by conducting focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews with 25 staff from NHs and the acute hospital.

Impacts of animal-assisted activities on geriatrics in a long-term care facility

Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) provides opportunities to improve quality of life due to their therapeutic benefits. AAA was introduced into a nursing home to help elderly enhance sensory stimulation, enhance socializations and nurture relationships. The aim of the study was to explore the older persons' perceptions on AAA in a nursing home.

Telegeriatrics in nursing homes: the Singapore perspective

Telegeriatrics in nursing homes is a piloted telemedicine programme between the Geriatric Medicine department of an acute hospital and nursing homes using a "hub and spoke" model. The programme aimed to provide specialist access for nursing homes and empower nurses to continue with training and education.

Use of emoticon for screening of depression: a pilot study

Depression is common in the elderly. Current depression scales can be difficult to administer in elderly with hearing difficulties or speak a different language. A visual scale such as the emoticon scale may therefore, be useful to assess the severity of depression in elderly.  

Comparing the profile of nursing home residents who died in nursing home and hospital

Nursing home (NH) residents with end-of-life needs can be cared for in the nursing homes with appropriate support given. However, many of these residents continued to be admitted into the hospital. Understanding the profiles of residents who died in NH and hospitals might shed light into factors influencing admission rates. Therefore, the study aimed to compare the profiles of residents who died in NH and those who died in the hospital. 

Reducing variables, enhance ownership: solutions to a messy roster

GeriCare provides telemedicine services and physical visits to 8 nursing homes (NHs) so as to reduce emergency visits and length of hospital stay. It was difficult and time consuming to coordinate the monthly rosters due to different requirements from NHs and doctors' service days. The aim is to create a roster that is less time consuming to plan and easy for the NHs and doctor to follow.