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Slowing and Reversing Dementia and Memory Loss

Some Important Advice For Slowing and Reversing Dementia and Memory Loss Growing older has its own set of challenges, especially so when cognitive functions decline. Once someone’s brain becomes impaired, taking care of that person can quickly overwhelm family members to the point where admitting them to a facility unfortunately becomes the only option. According…

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State Enforcing Nursing Homes

Should State Surveyors Be Consultants or Enforcers To Nursing Homes? Who stands firm and resolute when it comes to holding Skilled Nursing Facilities, psychiatric hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies, intermediate care facilities, dialysis clinics, and adult day health centers accountable when they violate the rules and California regulations protecting patients?  Well, it turns out…

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Covid Nursing Home Deaths

A “Silver Tsunami” of Covid Nursing Home Deaths Is Yet To Come The fact that 115,000 people have so far died this year in nursing homes from COVID-19, and many times have become infected has prompted many families to reconsider whether to place their elderly loved ones in such institutions. According to the Wall Street…

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Covid Nursing Home Staff Deaths Under Reported

Covid Nursing Home Staff Deaths Under Reported A report published on November 30th in Kaiser Health News https://khn.org/news/article/osha-let-employers-decide-whether-to-report-health-care-worker-deaths-many-didnt/ paints a disturbing picture of nursing homes. According to the investigation, State and federal law require nursing homes to alert OSHA {Occupational Safety and Health Administration) about work-related employee deaths. Still, many facilities decide not to report…

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California Nursing Home Complaints Guidelines Changed by CDPH

California Nursing Home Complaints Guidelines Changed by CDPH Alert! California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Website Change Undermines Whether Nursing Home Complaints Will Ever Be Investigated. In the past few months, the California Department of Public Health changed how it formats online complaints that families file against health facilities, including skilled nursing facilities and elder…

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Visitation SavesLives

For the past three months, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities nationwide have been on lock-down – and for a good reason. Deaths in nursing homes skyrocketed at the start of COVID-19 and have accounted for 1 in 10 cases, as well as 1 in 4 deaths, nationwide. During the past few months, steps that…

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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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