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Unsafe, Even in Bed?

A recent New York Times article talks about a nursing home danger most of us don’t even consider–beds with rails. Although rails are commonly used to protect frail patients from accidentally rolling out of bed, their design actually poses a danger of entrapment, when a patient get trapped between the rail and the mattress. According …

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Deciding on Care for Elderly Parents

There’s an interesting article, complete with resource links, in today’s New York Times about how to decide which is the best care for ailing, elderly parents. Check it out here: NYT: Deciding on Care for Elderly Parents in Declining Health.

Investigations into Britthaven of Chapel Hill Abuses

It was horrifying to families that had already lived through the tragedy of having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As reported in the media, 9 residents of the Britthaven of Chapel Hill nursing home tested positive for strong pain medication–opiates–that hadn’t been prescribed to them…one later died. Now, ENCtoday.com reports that the incident …

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Chapel Hill Nursing Home Staff on Forced Leave after Patient Death

One patient from the Alzheimer’s unit of Britthaven of Chapel Hill nursing home died…six more have been hospitalized after opiates were found in their system…three others were hospitalized as a precaution. You know what happened to the staff? According to a report in the Raleigh News & Observer, they were put on paid leave. Paid. …

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