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Check out these 3 concerns before choosing a nursing home

Nursing homes shouldn't be dangerous places, but they can be. There are many common complaints that patients and their families have, including poor food quality, slow responses to calls and staff-related issues.

As someone who wants your loved one to be as safe as possible, it is important that you look into these possible issues before choosing a nursing home. Here are some things to think about as you select the facility that you feel is right for your loved one.

Hit by a drunk driver? They should be held accountable

When you were heading out on a drive, you were just hoping to get some fresh air. You wanted to take a break from your work and cruise around. You didn't expect that anything would go wrong.

It was early in the evening, so the idea that a drunk driver would hit you never crossed your mind. Unfortunately, that's what happened. A driver coming toward you was weaving in the lane, and there was no way to avoid a hit. You were fortunate that they didn't hit you head on, but they did manage to hit the side of your vehicle.

Drowsiness: It's just as dangerous as drinking and driving

If you've seen the expectations set by trucking companies, you may be surprised by how far drivers are meant to go on a shift. Of course, the distance has to be reasonable, but the idea of driving for 8 to 10 hours without much of a break can be difficult to imagine.

It's clear to see why truck drivers are often overworked and exhausted behind the wheel. They're doing an important job, but if they don't get enough sleep or have tight deadlines, they may end up on the road when they should be sleeping or resting. If they are tired or drowsy, distracted or unwell, they could cause crashes.

Nursing homes should be cautious as ice and snow gather

Nursing homes have an obligation to their clients. They need to take steps to keep the residents safe. In the winter, that includes keeping floors dry and ice out of community areas where people could fall and get hurt.

Medical facilities need to be held to a higher standard than others, because they are taking care of vulnerable individuals. They are aware of how serious a fall could be for an elderly person, so making an effort to remove ice and snow is essential throughout the winter and spring months.

Tripped on a mat? You could have a claim

You were headed into one of your favorite stores when you saw that there was a slick area ahead. You went around it, and you let the store owner know that it was there.

You did expect them to take care of it, so you forgot about it. You figured that they would salt their entire sidewalk out front and make sure that the stairs were all in good shape. What you didn't expect was that you would actually get hurt inside the shop.

If you fall, do you know if you have a premises liability claim?

It's winter, and that means it's a time when there are plenty of hazards around you. Ice, sleet, snow and the damage from the elements can all add up to create dangerous areas that can lead to accidents.

If you get hurt when you're on someone else's property, and if that injury is a result of their lack of maintenance or preparation for visitors or clients, then you may have a premises liability claim. Here's a little more about what makes an accident one you can claim for.

Watch out for winter hazards when you're driving near semis

The winter is a time of year when ice and snow may cover the roads and make them more dangerous for all drivers. If you're planning to go out, you may be worried about large trucks, too. These vehicles have a harder time stopping under the usual circumstances, but when you add in the risk of ice and snow, there's a real likelihood that a driver could lose control and hit another vehicle.

Since winter is nothing new, the good news is that there is plenty of information about how to avoid crashes. If you're in a smaller passenger vehicle or consumer truck, keep these tips in mind to keep yourself safer.

Chemical restraints are a risk to the elderly

Medication should never be used as a way to control patients. While there are some instances where sedatives are required for people who are out of control, the truth is that some nursing home patients have been put on medications to make them easier to deal with. Some medications make them tired, so they sleep all day and can't be argumentative. Other medications may make them confused or dazed, so they comply with the nurse's or aid's wishes without causing trouble.

This isn't a great way to deal with patients or the elderly in a nursing home's care. Medications have side effects and can lead to serious complications and injuries in the elderly if they're misused. There are risks of dehydration, falls, confusion and other side effects with some medications, which could go as far as to threaten an elderly person's life.

Distractions take lives: Avoid them at all costs

Distracted driving can lead to serious collisions with other vehicles. That's why it's so important for drivers to pay attention to the road. Did you know that around nine people are killed every day as a result of crashes that involved a distracted driver? People know that driving while distracted is dangerous, but many participate in distracting activities anyway.

There are three kinds of distractions, visual, cognitive and manual. Visual distractions take your eyes away from what you're doing. Being distracted manually takes at least one of your hands off the wheel. Cognitive distractions take your mind off driving while you think about something else.

Dehydration: Know the signs to protect your loved one

Dehydration is a medical term that refers to when there is not enough water in the body. Dehydration can cause many health problems, and it's likely that you've noticed someone with dehydration develop a headache or feel dizzy from the lack of water or other fluids.

It is important to make sure that your elderly loved one is getting enough to drink each day. Dehydration can become severe and may impact the elderly even more seriously than a younger, healthier individual.

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