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        Nursing Home Resident Trust Funds: Facts and Relevant News

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        What is a Nursing Home Resident Trust Fund? – A Brief Overview

        A nursing home “resident trust fund” is an optional account that consists of the resident’s money. This account is managed by the nursing home on behalf of the resident and is used for expenditures.

        It is important to note that this trust account is optional and that money can still be managed seperatly from the nursing home and that an incoming resident is not required to set up a resident trust fund with a nursing home. If it is desired that the nursing home manages the money of the resident, it is imperative that all necessary information is carefully reviewed to ensure that the nursing home is correctly manging the money according to applicable federal laws and state laws.

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        Infant Motrin Recall

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        MOTRIN INFANTS’ DROPS 2013 RECALL:

        Product: Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl. oz. bottles

        National Drug Code (NDC): 50580-100-18

        Lot codes: DCB3T01, DDB4R01, DDB4S01

        UPC Code: 300450524157

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        NFL Agrees to Pay $765 Million Suit Regarding Neurological Injuries

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        “This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football.,” said former United States District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator in the concussion related lawsuits brought on by more than 4,500 retired football players against the National Football League and others.

        The agreement effectively ends the litigation against the NFL and NFL related services that provide medical and other benefits like compensation to injured players and their families who qualify.  The agreement calls for the NFL and related services to provide $765 million for medical benefits and injury compensation for retired NFL football players, fund medical and safety research, and cover litigation expenses.

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        Elder Care: Poor Oral Hygiene A Growing Concern For Nursing Home Residents

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        Nursing Home Neglect

        Elderly Dental Hygiene

        Nursing home administrators are expected to be aware of every area of medical care administered to their residents.  All medical staff should be educated on how to provide this care to meet federal standards.  Unfortunately, much of the care in nursing homes does not reach proper standards.  Many forms of abuse and neglect occur on a daily basis in nursing homes. Recent studies have indicated that a growing concern for nursing home residents is oral hygiene.

        “I always say you can measure quality in a nursing home by looking in people’s mouths because it’s one of the last things to be taken care of,” said Dr. Judith A. Jones, chairwoman of the department of general dentistry at Boston University.[1]

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        Elder Abuse: Pneumonia, A Severe Risk To Nursing Home Residents

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        Elder Care Neglect

        Pneumonia

        Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs.1 The air sacs may fill with fluid, causing severe coughs, fever, chills and difficulty breathing.1  The infection may be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic.  Pneumonia can range from mild and curable to life-threatening. Frequent bed turning helps prevent fluid from building up in the lungs.  It is crucial for nursing home residents who require assistance in movement to be repositioned by staff members on a regular basis. By not doing so, staff are neglecting residents and putting them at risk for developing pneumonia.

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        Personal Injury: Golf Injuries

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        Personal Injury

        Golf Related Injuries

        According to the National Golf Foundation there are just under 13 million core golfers and over 27 million golfers in the U.S. and that number continues to grow. A typical golfer will play around 35 rounds a year not including all the time they spend practicing. As the game and base of players continues to expand it is not surprising that the number of golf related injuries is on the rise as well.

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        Over 600,000 Playground Injuries in 2012

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        In 2012, more than 600,000 children were injured at playgrounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This included about 210,000 children hurt on monkey bars or other climbing structures, more than 151,000 injured on swing sets, more than 125,000 injured on slides, more than 10,000 hurt on seesaws or teeterboards and 56,000 injured on other playground equipment.

        The warm summer months in Illinois open doors to numerous activities that are not normally available during the colder months of the year. With children out of school for summer break, the playground becomes a go to spot for families and children looking to enjoy the sunshine and all the activities the playground has to offer.

        The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) devised a Summer Safety Checklist to ensure a fun, but safe summer at the playground:

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        Taste of Chicago Turns Sour for Two

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        Chicago Accident: Taste of Chicago

        ATV Accident

        According to a recent article by Carlos Sadovi of the Chicago Tribune, the Taste of Chicago was not festal for two attendees. Two adults were struck by an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) used to collect garbage at the festival. The driver who was operating the vehicle under a private vendor ultimately was cited for hitting the two people.

        According to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman, Juan Hernandez, “The two adult victims were struck at about 7:15 p.m. and were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.”

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        New X-Ray Technology in Black Lung Claims

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        Coal miners work in some of the most dangerous conditions. Each day coal workers enter the mines, burdened with the constant threat of an explosion or collapse. Miners suffer some very traumatic injuries, yet aside from the daily threats of the mine an even more deadly risk lingers. Long-term exposure to coal dust places miners in both surface and underground mines at risk of black lung disease. According to a study done by the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program in the Division of Cancer Etiology at National Cancer Institute, about 40% of all lung cancer deaths in miners may be due to radon progeny exposure. Radioactive radon is an inert gas that migrates from soils and rocks accumulating in enclosed areas. The estimates of the hazards posed by radon have been based on the analyses of data on miners, pooling four occupational cohort studies of miners.[1]

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        Stand Your Ground: Legal Controversy Has Everyone Talking

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        Will there be an arrest after Florida boy, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed while walking home by an allegedly paranoid neighborhood watch volunteer?

        Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows for someone to shoot and kill if they feel threatened. In light of the shift in the law, it’s not surprising that since the law went into effect, reports of justifiable homicides have tripled, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Is Florida to blame for this boy’s untimely death? It’s unfortunate that the police only get to hear one side of the story.

        We want to know your thoughts on this case.