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 are…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

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 with housekeeping.  Where do they go?…

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Extreme Dehydration and Hypernatremia

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink Imagine this – you are left in a room with no access to water or you are incapacitated and have had no fluids for several hours or even days.  Worse yet, you are taking medications that also have a diuretic effect and your body is thirsty…

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Medicare Takes Action against Never-Events

Medicare Attempts to Reduce Health Care Costs and Promote Patient Safety Certain types of medical errors should never happen.  According to the California Association of Health Plans, preventable medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in over $4.5 billion in additional health spending annually.  Beginning in October 2008, in…

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect is Against the Law

$29 Million Verdict Serves as a Public Reminder – Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect is Against the Law! Unfortunately, elders in nursing homes often experience some form of neglect or abuse.  While national statistics on elder abuse are currently not recorded, in 2004, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimated a 19.7 percent increase…

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