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This Nursing Home Is Not Working Out – How to Move into Another One? Christina Morales

January 13th, 2015 | 1

nursing home is not working outYikes! You researched, you packed, you’ve spent time making sure that your loved one is okay, and now you realize that this nursing home is not working out. Maybe it’s too far away for you to visit or you didn’t realize that certain services were an additional charge. Whatever your reasons may be, how do you switch from one nursing home to another?

If it’s a problem with care or service, I would recommend talking to the caregiver or nurse that is in contact most with the patient. In a non-confrontational way you could ask, “Mom doesn’t seem to be happy. Is there anything I can do or should know about to help make her stay here more comfortable?” If there is a care problem, you may question, “I’ve noticed mom’s bandages haven’t been changed today. Is there a reason for that?” You attract more flies with honey, and the staff will be more open to helping if you aren’t accusatory.

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Know Your Rights – Government Resources for Seniors Christina Morales

October 14th, 2014 | 0

know your rightsKnow Your Rights! Many families are in a Catch 22: you are unable to take care of a family member due to financial or medical reasons and yet you are hesitant to put your loved one in a nursing home because of the bad reputation that so many have. Fear not! When you know the rights of your loved one, you will be able to make the best choices for him or her.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Malnutrition In The Elderly Population (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

June 4th, 2014 | 3

Malnutrition InfographicMalnutrition is a widespread and largely preventable issue for America’s elderly population. It can be found in care facilities, hospitals, and independent living alike. With over 15% of the elderly population facing the threat of hunger, we need to raise awareness by spreading the word about the issue, and do what we can to reduce its reach.

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Elder Abuse – Identifying and Stopping It Sophia Francis

May 13th, 2014 | 1

Identifying and Stopping Elder AbuseElder abuse can be easily misdiagnosed or confused with one or more of the natural signs of aging, including mental deterioration and/or ailments such as dementia. In effect, many cases of elder abuse go unreported every year. In the US alone, between one and two million men and women aged 65+ have suffered from elder abuse, though it’s expected that millions more are going unreported.

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Preventing, Recognizing & Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Christy Rakoczy

October 18th, 2013 | 2

ElderAbuseElder abuse has become a tremendous issue in the United States after many exposures of horrific treatment of those in need of great care at a late age. It is important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and how to either prevent or take action against it. It is only through education that individuals can understand how to combat those who are abusing the elderly. 

It is first crucial to understand that there are various forms of elder abuse. Often, when thinking of elder abuse, individual’s consider physical abuse. However, there are other means through which seniors can experience abuse including emotionally, sexually, financially or through neglect or health care fraud. It is important to look for all of these when first researching a caregiver or institution, and then on an ongoing basis as care is given.

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Absence of Comparable Data for Families Seeking Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 6th, 2013 | 4

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Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.”  In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.

Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.

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A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It Christy Rakoczy

August 26th, 2013 | 7

Frontline-LifeDeath2Recently, PBS’s Frontline produced an in depth three part series on what life is like inside of assisted living facilities. PBS focused on assisted living facilities run by Emeritus, the parent company of the largest chain of assisted-living facilities in the nation.  Emeritus was chosen as the focus because, as a large national chain, it has the resources and infrastructure to provide adequate care to patients. Unfortunately, it alleged that Emeritus was falling short and letting patients down in many ways.

The disturbing three-part Frontline series highlighted tragic stories of patients in assisted living facilities who died in care facilities that did not have the tools or policies in place to care for them.  Unfortunately, variations of these stories may happen without the headlines at many assisted living facilities throughout the United States, as the business model of assisted living may be set up to encourage a focus on profits rather than people.

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New National Elder Abuse Reporting Requirements Tracy Mintz

November 15th, 2012 | 0

ElderNew national elder abuse reporting requirements have gone into effect for nursing homes. They are a great innovation in the pursuit of elder abuse prevention across the nation. No one likes to talk about elder abuse, which is precisely one of the conditions that permits it to go on. It’s time that we all take a few minutes to review elder abuse basics.

Elder and dependent adult abuse applies to people over 18 who depend on others for their basic needs.  All elderly Americans, wherever they live, are considered a vulnerable population. Seniors who live in residential care and nursing homes are in the minority, as most seniors live in their own home or with family. Even seniors who live alone in the community benefit from our oversight and attention.

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