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Nursing homes need methods to prevent medication errors

There are many things that nursing home residents and their loved ones have to worry about. One of these is whether or not they are getting the correct medications at the correct times. There are many things that can go wrong with medication administration in these care facilities.

Nursing homes must protect residents from Summer heat

When adult daughters and sons arrange for their parents to live in a Chicago, Illinois, nursing home, they presume that the basics, like food, water and temperature control will be taken care of by the staff of the facility. Any failure on the part of the staff to take care of those basics, which are essential to the health of the facility's residents, can constitute nursing home abuse.

How often do those with dementia wander?

You're putting your loved one in a nursing home because he or she has dementia. Not only is help needed with medication and daily tasks, but you're always worried about forgetfulness, confusion, and wandering. The nursing home has workers who are trained to deal with these issues, helping to confine residents for their own benefit.

Sudden changes could indicate that abuse is taking place

People often worry that they won't know if a loved one is being abused in a nursing home. After all, even if you visit for a few hours every day -- far more than many people visit -- you simply can't be there all of the time. If your loved one won't say anything, perhaps out of shame or because of memory issues, how are you going to know when it's time to step in?

Age is not all that increases fall risks for the elderly

Falls are problematic for the elderly in any situation, contributing to a high amount of injuries and even fatalities every year. This is true both within nursing homes and in other settings. Experts note that the risk naturally rises with issues that stem from normal aging, such as problems with an elderly person's gait or muscle weakness.

Important questions to ask if you suspect nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse is something that family members often have to watch out for, looking for signs of things that the elderly may be unable to report on their own. If you suspect that abuse is occurring, ask these questions:

New rule gives nursing home residents the right to litigate against nursing home facilities

If you have been following our blog on nursing home abuse, you've read that Illinois nursing homes have fared poorly in the past when rated by elder advocacy groups. Reviewing files of staffing-to-patient ratios, inspection reports and documentation of complaints, the executive director of Families for Better Care gave resident facilities in Illinois an "F" rating.

How can bedsores be prevented?

Bedsores can be incredibly painful and they often feel nearly inevitable. When you have limited mobility, the constant pressure on your skin can cause these to develop despite your best efforts, and that same limited mobility can make it nearly impossible for them to heal.

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