SANDRA FAYE SIMMONS

Summary

Affiliation: Vanderbilt University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Resident characteristics related to the lack of morning care provision in long-term care
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN, USA
    Gerontologist 53:151-61. 2013
  2. ncbi request reprint Quality improvement for feeding assistance care in nursing homes
    Sandra F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 8:S12-7. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint A preliminary evaluation of the paid feeding assistant regulation: impact on feeding assistance care process quality in nursing homes
    Sandra F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, 1310 24th Avenue South, GRECC 4 A131, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
    Gerontologist 47:184-92. 2007
  4. pmc Prevention of unintentional weight loss in nursing home residents: a controlled trial of feeding assistance
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37232 2400, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:1466-73. 2008
  5. pmc Resident complaints about the nursing home food service: relationship to cognitive status
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 64:324-7. 2009
  6. ncbi request reprint The accuracy of monthly weight assessments in nursing homes: implications for the identification of weight loss
    S F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Nutr Health Aging 13:284-8. 2009
  7. pmc Cost-effectiveness of nutrition interventions in nursing home residents: a pilot intervention
    S F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Nutr Health Aging 14:367-72. 2010
  8. pmc Resident-directed long-term care: staff provision of choice during morning care
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, S 1121, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    Gerontologist 51:867-75. 2011
  9. ncbi request reprint The effect of megestrol acetate on oral food and fluid intake in nursing home residents: a pilot study
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:S5-11. 2005
  10. ncbi request reprint Individualizing nutritional care with between-meal snacks for nursing home residents
    Anna N Rahman
    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, CA 91335, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:215-8. 2005

Detail Information

Publications39

  1. pmc Resident characteristics related to the lack of morning care provision in long-term care
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN, USA
    Gerontologist 53:151-61. 2013
    ..The purpose of this study was to examine usual long-term care (LTC) practices related to 3 aspects of morning care and determine if there were resident characteristics related to the lack of care...
  2. ncbi request reprint Quality improvement for feeding assistance care in nursing homes
    Sandra F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 8:S12-7. 2007
    ..Alternative staffing models are explored through the recent federal "paid feeding assistant" regulation and an observational tool is described for use in practice to improve feeding assistance care...
  3. ncbi request reprint A preliminary evaluation of the paid feeding assistant regulation: impact on feeding assistance care process quality in nursing homes
    Sandra F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, 1310 24th Avenue South, GRECC 4 A131, Nashville, TN 37212, USA
    Gerontologist 47:184-92. 2007
    ..Organizers designed the PFA regulation to increase the number of staff available to provide assistance with eating and improve nutritional care process quality...
  4. pmc Prevention of unintentional weight loss in nursing home residents: a controlled trial of feeding assistance
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37232 2400, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:1466-73. 2008
    ..To determine the effects of a feeding assistance intervention on food and fluid intake and body weight...
  5. pmc Resident complaints about the nursing home food service: relationship to cognitive status
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 64:324-7. 2009
    ....
  6. ncbi request reprint The accuracy of monthly weight assessments in nursing homes: implications for the identification of weight loss
    S F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Nutr Health Aging 13:284-8. 2009
    ..The prevalence of weight loss is a quality indicator for nursing homes (NH), and monthly weight assessments are conducted by NH staff to determine weight loss...
  7. pmc Cost-effectiveness of nutrition interventions in nursing home residents: a pilot intervention
    S F Simmons
    Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    J Nutr Health Aging 14:367-72. 2010
    ..The purpose of this study was to determine the cost effectiveness of supplements relative to offering residents' snack foods and fluids between meals to increase caloric intake...
  8. pmc Resident-directed long-term care: staff provision of choice during morning care
    Sandra F Simmons
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Center for Quality Aging, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, S 1121, Nashville, TN 37232 2400, USA
    Gerontologist 51:867-75. 2011
    ....
  9. ncbi request reprint The effect of megestrol acetate on oral food and fluid intake in nursing home residents: a pilot study
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:S5-11. 2005
    ....
  10. ncbi request reprint Individualizing nutritional care with between-meal snacks for nursing home residents
    Anna N Rahman
    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, CA 91335, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:215-8. 2005
  11. ncbi request reprint Resident and family satisfaction with incontinence and mobility care: sensitivity to intervention effects?
    Sandra F Simmons
    Jewish Home for the Aging UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research, 7150 Tampa Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335, USA
    Gerontologist 45:318-26. 2005
    ..This study evaluated whether the satisfaction levels of long-term-care residents and their family members concerning incontinence and mobility care were sensitive to an improvement intervention...
  12. ncbi request reprint A refined protocol for coding nursing home residents' comments during satisfaction interviews
    LENE LEVY-STORMS
    Department of Social Welfare and Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1656, USA
    J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 60:S326-S330. 2005
    ..This study's objective was to refine a method for coding nursing home (NH) residents' comments about their perceptions of care into unmet needs specific to the manner and frequency of care delivery...
  13. ncbi request reprint Feeding assistance needs of long-stay nursing home residents and staff time to provide care
    Sandra F Simmons
    UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research, 7150 Tampa Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 54:919-24. 2006
    ....
  14. ncbi request reprint Nursing home staff delivery of oral liquid nutritional supplements to residents at risk for unintentional weight loss
    Sandra F Simmons
    Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 54:1372-6. 2006
    ..To describe nursing home (NH) staff delivery of oral liquid nutritional supplements to residents with an order to receive supplementation...
  15. ncbi request reprint Direct observations of nursing home care quality: Does care change when observed?
    John F Schnelle
    Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 7:541-4. 2006
    ..This paper provides information about one important measurement issue (reactivity) that is often cited as a limitation of observational procedures in measuring usual care practices accurately...
  16. ncbi request reprint What do family members notice following an intervention to improve mobility and incontinence care for nursing home residents? An analysis of open-ended comments
    LENE LEVY-STORMS
    Department of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs, Box 951656, 5226 Public Policy Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1656, USA
    Gerontologist 47:14-20. 2007
    ..The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of family members' responses to open-ended interview questions about an intervention to improve incontinence and mobility care for their relative in a nursing home...
  17. ncbi request reprint A comparison of methods to assess nursing home residents' unmet needs
    LENE LEVY-STORMS
    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, and the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Reseda 91335, USA
    Gerontologist 42:454-61. 2002
    ..This paper compares three interview methodologies to assess nursing home (NH) residents' unmet needs with regard to activity of daily living (ADL) care...
  18. ncbi request reprint The effect of megestrol acetate on oral food and fluid intake in nursing home residents: a pilot study
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, 7150 Tampa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 5:24-30. 2004
    ....
  19. pmc Relationship of nursing home staffing to quality of care
    John F Schnelle
    UCLA Borun Center, 7150 Tampa Avenue Reseda, CA 91335, USA
    Health Serv Res 39:225-50. 2004
    ..To compare nursing homes (NHs) that report different staffing statistics on quality of care...
  20. ncbi request reprint The minimum data set weight-loss quality indicator: does it reflect differences in care processes related to weight loss?
    Sandra F Simmons
    Department of Geriatrics, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, California 91335, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 51:1410-8. 2003
    ..To determine whether nursing homes (NHs) that score differently on prevalence of weight loss, according to a Minimum Data Set (MDS) quality indicator, also provide different processes of care related to weight loss...
  21. ncbi request reprint A standardized quality assessment system to evaluate incontinence care in the nursing home
    John F Schnelle
    Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, California, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 51:1754-61. 2003
    ..To demonstrate the reliability and feasibility of a standardized protocol to assess and score urinary incontinence care in nursing homes...
  22. ncbi request reprint The minimum data set urinary incontinence quality indicators: do they reflect differences in care processes related to incontinence?
    John F Schnelle
    Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research, and Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, UCLA, and Veterans Administration Hospital Sepulveda, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Med Care 41:909-22. 2003
    ..nursing homes that score in the lower 25th percentile (low prevalence) versus the upper 75th percentile (high prevalence) on each of two Minimum Data Set (MDS) incontinence quality indicators provide different incontinence care processes..
  23. ncbi request reprint Should reimbursement rates be increased for feeding assistance in nursing homes?
    Sandra F Simmons
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 4:52-3. 2003
  24. ncbi request reprint Family members' preferences for nutrition interventions to improve nursing home residents' oral food and fluid intake
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics and The Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Reseda, California 91335, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 51:69-74. 2003
    ..To measure family members' preferences for nutrition interventions to improve the oral food and fluid intake of their relatives in a nursing home...
  25. ncbi request reprint Effects of a controlled exercise trial on pain in nursing home residents
    Sandra F Simmons
    Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, USA
    Clin J Pain 18:380-5. 2002
    ..To report preliminary data relevant to the effects of an exercise and toileting intervention on pain among incontinent nursing home (NH) residents...
  26. ncbi request reprint Translating clinical research into practice: a randomized controlled trial of exercise and incontinence care with nursing home residents
    John F Schnelle
    UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Los Angeles, California 91335, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 50:1476-83. 2002
    ..To examine clinical outcomes and describe the staffing requirements of an incontinence and exercise intervention...
  27. ncbi request reprint Quality assessment in nursing homes by systematic direct observation: feeding assistance
    Sandra F Simmons
    Department of Geriatrics, School of Medicine, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 91335, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 57:M665-71. 2002
    ..This protocol is replicable and shows significant differences between facilities with respect to accuracy of oral intake documentation and the adequacy and quality of feeding assistance during mealtimes...
  28. ncbi request reprint A standardized quality assessment system to evaluate pain detection and management in the nursing home
    Mary P Cadogan
    Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:1-9. 2005
    ..Assessment and management of pain for nursing home residents is frequently reported to be inadequate, yet few studies have used objective criteria to measure the quality of care related to pain...
  29. ncbi request reprint A continuous quality improvement pilot study: impact on nutritional care quality
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Los Angeles, CA 91335, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 7:480-5. 2006
    ..The purpose of this pilot study was to teach long-term care staff how to conduct continuous quality improvement (CQI) related to nutritional care...
  30. ncbi request reprint Developing innovative models to translate guidelines into practice
    John F Schnelle
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 5:55-6. 2004
  31. ncbi request reprint Residents' care preferences as targeting criteria: measurement issues functional incidental training: applicability and feasibility in the Veterans Affairs nursing home patient population
    Sandra F Simmons
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 6:157-8. 2005
  32. ncbi request reprint Using the minimum data set to select nursing home residents for interview about pain
    Lily Chu
    Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, School of Medicine, CA, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:2057-61. 2004
    ..To determine how many nursing home residents can provide stable responses to a simple pain interview and whether a Minimum Data Set (MDS) cognitive performance measure can be used to identify these residents...
  33. ncbi request reprint Individualized feeding assistance care for nursing home residents: staffing requirements to implement two interventions
    Sandra F Simmons
    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, Borun Center for Gerontological Research, 91335, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 59:M966-73. 2004
    ..The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects and staffing requirements of two individualized feeding assistance interventions to improve oral food and fluid intake in NH residents...
  34. ncbi request reprint Accuracy of nursing home medical record information about care-process delivery: implications for staff management and improvement
    John F Schnelle
    Department of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:1378-83. 2004
    ..This article reviews methods to improve the accuracy of NH medical record documentation and to create data systems useful for staff training and management...
  35. ncbi request reprint Selecting nursing home residents for interview
    Sandra F Simmons
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 5:280. 2004
  36. ncbi request reprint Improving the quality of nursing home care and medical-record accuracy with direct observational technologies
    John F Schnelle
    Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, CA, USA
    Gerontologist 45:576-82. 2005
    ..The purpose of this article is to describe the steps to develop a standardized and scientifically defensible observational system to assess nursing home care quality...
  37. ncbi request reprint The minimum data set prevalence of restraint quality indicator: does it reflect differences in care?
    John F Schnelle
    Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, 7150 Tampa Avenue, Reseda, CA 91335, USA
    Gerontologist 44:245-55. 2004
    ....
  38. ncbi request reprint Evaluating the accuracy of minimum data set bed-mobility ratings against independent performance assessments: systematic error and directions for improvement
    Barbara M Bates-Jensen
    Borun Center for Gerontological Research, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, 91335, USA
    Gerontologist 45:731-8. 2005
    ..The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of the MDS ADL bed-mobility item as completed by nursing home nurses with independent performance assessments conducted by research staff...
  39. pmc Cost-effectiveness of recommended nurse staffing levels for short-stay skilled nursing facility patients
    David A Ganz
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Care System and University of California, Los Angeles, 911 Broxton Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    BMC Health Serv Res 5:35. 2005
    ..However, the cost-effectiveness of increasing staffing to recommended levels is unknown...

Research Grants2

  1. Cost-Effectiveness of Weight Loss Prevention in Nursing Homes: A Controlled Trial
    SANDRA SIMMONS; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..These outcomes will be independently monitored for all three groups across 24-weeks by trained research staff using standardized, validated protocols. ..
  2. Cost-Effectiveness of Weight Loss Prevention in Nursing Homes: A Controlled Trial
    SANDRA FAYE SIMMONS; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..These outcomes will be independently monitored for all three groups across 24-weeks by trained research staff using standardized, validated protocols. ..