What Is a Board and Care Home and Is It Right For Your Loved One?

Board and care homes are one type of RCFE (Residential Care Facility for Elderly). They are licensed by the Department of Social Services and must meet all applicable state regulations. Board and care homes typically care for no more than 10 patients at any given time. Typically board and care facilities are suitable for persons…

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Patients and Patient Representatives are Entitled to Medical Records

A common question that we are asked is, “Can I have access to my elderly mother’s medical records?”  The short answer is yes if you hold the Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). Cal Health & Safety Code § 123110(b) states: Additionally, any patient or patient’s representative shall be entitled to copies of all or any…

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Insurance Companies May Have Financial Reasons to Dump Patients on Hospice

There is a recent trend developing in hospice care for those covered under the Medicare Advantage Plans. For those unfamiliar with Medicare Advantage plans, they are plans where Medicare-eligible persons receive coverage from a private health insurer through Medicare. They generally have lower premiums than Medicare Supplement plans (also known as Medicare “Part B” Plans),…

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How Can I Get a Family Member’s Medical Records After They Die?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is made up of stringent regulations regarding disclosure of patient medical records. It applies to all health care providers (i.e. doctor offices; hospitals, etc.) and is based on the general foundation that a patient must expressly permit disclosure of his or her private health information. This obligation…

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Nursing Homes’ Misuse of Medications May Increase Risk of Dementia

Another study concludes that benzodiazepine use is associated with an increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This recent study states that unwarranted, long term use of benzodiazepine drugs should be considered as a public health concern. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs mainly used to treat anxiety or insomnia. Unfortunately, nursing homes and assisted living facilities…

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Nursing Homes Responsible For Dehydration

Dehydration in the elderly is a real problem in nursing homes.  Dehydration occurs when the resident loses more water than they take in.  Our bodies require a certain amount of fluid to function properly.  There are many preventable causes of dehydration, including medications that act as diuretics, nursing home’s failure to monitor for dehydration, senior…

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A Message To Nursing Homes to Reduce Anti-Psychotic Drugs

Elderly Patients Who Are Given Anti-Psychotic Medications Are At A Greater Risk of Acute Kidney Injury The Annals of Internal Medicine published a recent report about a study which concludes that there are safety concerns about the use of anti-psychotic drugs in older adults due to an increased risk of AKI (Acute Kidney Injury).  Specifically,…

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A Word of Caution about Residential Care Facilities in California

Residential Care Facilities (also referred to as Assisted Living Facilities) have become a fast growing industry in long-term care. There are currently 7,500 RCFE licensed in California and the number is growing. Yet, this industry is under regulated, unaccountable and the state agencies charged with overseeing these facilities has failed to make real, substantive information…

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Preventing Schoolyard Bullying

How to Stop a Bully: Tips on Reporting a School Bully Being bullied in school is one of the most demoralizing experiences your child can face.  Bullying can include any number of behaviors, but is most commonly exhibited through teasing or excluding, name-calling, threatening or hazing, stealing or demanding money, or sexually harassing another student.…

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Brain Injuries from Automobile Accidents

Brain Injuries from Car Crashes The brain is involved in everything we think, everything we do, and everything we feel.  It acts as an information highway, delivering messages from the brain to different parts of your body.  When someone experiences a brain injury, however, the brain functions are disrupted.  What someone used to be able…

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