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Burns from Sun Exposure

One of my colleagues recently handled a case where a resident was left out on the patio of a skilled nursing facility in a wheelchair, and the resident was unable to talk or move. The staff put him out on the patio thinking, oh he’ll be able to get the fresh air. But then they…

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Burns from Scalding

I recently had a case of an adult disabled woman who was mentally and physically impaired – very impaired. She was in an assisted living facility that was licensed by the Department of Social Services, and that facility had poor Safety Awareness.  Their facility was staffed lean and mean. At some point, they had cameras…

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Obtaining Medical Records – Part 1

Felicia Whitcomb was 89 and lived in a skilled nursing facility here in Northern California. Felicia required two CNAs to lift her safely out of bed.  Unfortunately, her care facility was understaffed, which meant that the staff had to take shortcuts.  One day, Felicia’s nursing assistant tried to get her out of bed without the…

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Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe? Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Reasons of inadequate Residential Care Facility Your mom and dad are getting older, and can no longer live on their own.  They can still walk, talk, and are mentally and emotionally stable, but they need assistance with daily activities that most people take for granted – eating, dressing, bathing, brushing their teeth, or need help…

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How to Choose the Right Nursing Home Facility

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home Facility What Nursing Home Facility is Right for my Loved One? Choosing a Nursing Home Facility is a daunting task.  There are reasons why nursing homes are deemed undesirable – many provide inadequate care, and smell like urine and death.  Here are some steps you can take to…

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