Before picking a nursing home for your elderly parents, you do your homework.
Like most people, you are probably a pedestrian at some point in the day. Maybe you walk from the bus or train to your office in downtown Chicago. Or perhaps you're doing nothing more than walking through the parking lot on your way to the grocery store, coffee shop or gym.
Exhaustion, like alcohol and distraction, contributes to poor driving ability and increased risk of crashes. Commercial drivers who get behind the wheel while tired create danger, particularly for people in passenger vehicles. Fatigue and drowsiness are leading causes of truck accidents.
It doesn't matter where you are or what time of the day it is, it's important to remember that there could be a drunk driver in close proximity to your vehicle.
If you have never run into trouble on the road, it's easy to believe that you'll always remain safe. But accidents happen. You could be part of a motor vehicle accident at any time, even if you're not at fault.
Driving a passenger vehicle can be dangerous when you are in close proximity to commercial trucks. But you probably have no choice but to share the road with these vehicles every day.
A very disturbing video has been making the media rounds. It shows a clearly disoriented and possibly mentally-challenged woman -- clad only in socks and a gaping hospital gown on a frigid night -- is wheeled out of a hospital on January 9 by security officers after being discharged. They proceeded to leave the woman at a bus stop.
We expect the nursing home to provide our loved ones with attentive and competent care. But you see stories all too often of elderly patients who have been shamefully neglected or mistreated in unspeakable ways.
People in nursing homes are there because of health and self-care challenges that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. They might be dealing with a lengthy list of maladies and disabilities.
Nursing home residents often have a bevy of health challenges when they go into the facility. In most cases, elderly residents can't handle the demands of living at home, so, of course, they count on the employees of the nursing home to care for them.