Nursing Home Residents Given Inappropriate Drugs

Nursing Home Residents Given Inappropriate Drugs

November 27,2017

Nursing home medication errors can occur at any time. A medication error is defined as any preventable, drug-related mistake occurring from the moment a prescription is written to when the patient ingests it. Medication errors can arise while prescribing, filling, recording, storing, and administering a medicine. Medication errors occur more often in nursing homes, because almost all patients in the facility receive some f...

One in Four Nursing Home Abuse Allegations Goes Unreported

November 07,2017

More than 25 percent of sexual and physical abuse allegations by seniors about their caregivers are apparently going unreported to police, according to a government audit, which accuses Medicare of failing to enforce a federal law that requires immediate notification of these crimes. The Health and Human Services inspector general's (IG) office issued an "early alert" in August 2017 based on preliminary findings from ca...

Elder Exploitation: Financial Abuse is Still Abuse

August 14,2017

The word “abuse” encompasses a wide range of behaviors. Probably the most commonly thought of scenario involves physical violence or verbal aggression. It brings to mind terrible news stories of “child abuse” or “sexual abuse.” It may even conjure up thoughts of neglect, which is often closely linked with caring for children, senior citizens, or pets. What's not usually in the forefront is financial abuse, yet ...

March 3: A Day for Appreciating Caregivers

March 02,2017

As we head into spring, it’s easy to focus on better weather, more hours of daylight, and the general awakening of the earth from its winter hibernation. Unfortunately, that optimism is in short supply for the millions of sick, disabled, and elderly Americans in need of care – and for the caregivers themselves. Being a caregiver is difficult and often thankless. Yet, the role is so critical to our society that many di...

Long-Term Care Options in KY

December 12,2016

Independence is an easy quality to take for granted – that is, until you don’t have it anymore. When performing everyday tasks becomes a burden, there are places to turn to, including assisted living facilities, group homes, and nursing homes. These long-term care options are relied upon by millions of people nationwide who need help with basic activities, primarily due to injury, chronic illness, disability, or aging....

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