Nursing Home Resident Trust Funds: Facts and Relevant News

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…

World Report on Alzheimer’s Disease, 2013

On September 19, 2013, Alzheimer’s Disease International released its world report on the analysis of long-term care for those with dementia.  It highlights the future of medical care for people with dementia, a global issue that requires action now. Dr. Martin Prince of King’s College stated in his report on the future of long-term care…

Illinois Scores ‘F’, Ranks 42nd in Nursing Home Care

Illinois ranks near the bottom in nursing home quality of care, reports Families for Better Care, a Florida-based nursing home resident advocacy group. The group published the nation’s first-ever state-by-state nursing home report card by analyzing eight federal measures to gauge nursing home quality.  Illinois’s nursing home care was so bad that the state managed…

Elder Care: Discussions About the Quality of Life in Nursing Homes Should Be Encouraged

Resident Rights: Discussing Quality of Life Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are required to respond to the opinions of resident or family groups. A nursing home administrator may not discourage any kind of group meetings among residents. Doing so is a violation of residents’ rights. If a group of residents would like to gather to discuss…

Senior Care: Meditation Reduces Feelings of Loneliness in Seniors

Preventive Care in Elderly Benefits of Meditation Meditation has been proven to improve the mental and physical health of the aging community. Many elderly people spend their last years alone, so it is important to identify coping mechanisms for feelings of loneliness.  Researchers at UCLA have identified meditation as one of these strategies to cope….

Nursing Home Neglect: Resident Endured Leg Amputation

Chicago Bed Sores Lawyer Infection Leads to Leg Amputation Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates nursing home department negotiated a favorable settlement for a client whose brief stay in a nursing home resulted in a tragic leg amputation.  The client contracted bacteria in his left foot while staying in the rehabilitation department of the facility. Nurses and CNAs…

Elder Care: Study Reveals Correlation Between Later Retirement and Lowered Risk of Alzheimer’s

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care Prevention: Later Retirement Seniors who retire later in life may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. A study has linked later retirement to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  This is compelling news to the aging community, many of whom will experience the disease in the coming years. Alzheimer’s is the sixth…

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

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…

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

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…

Elder Care: Heart Procedure to Prevent Stroke May Be An Alternative to Medication

Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Catheter Ablation A heart procedure, named a catheter ablation procedure, may be an effective alternative for treating atrial fibrillation, the leading cause of strokes in the U.S.  Generally, the procedure has been considered secondary to medication; however, recent findings indicate the procedure may be more effective than medication. Dr. Thomas Bunch, a…