Senior Health

Seniors Want to Get Fit!

Message received:  Getting older doesn’t mean giving up on health. An article in today’s News & Observer reports that more senior living communities and facilities are offering state-of-the-art fitness machines to keep up with the demand by residents. Previously ignored, senior fitness is now a burgeoning business. “Change came slow; however, now it is happening …

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Arbitration Panel Awards Over Two Million Dollars to Elderly Woman in Tennessee

An arbitration panel awarded over 2 million dollars on behalf of an elderly woman residing in a Mariner nursing home in Tennessee. The plaintiff successfully contended that the legal entities were each other’s alter egos. The elderly woman developed pressure sores and languished in her own wastes for lengthy periods of time because there was …

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Nursing Home Residents and the Vulnerable, Lonely Feeling they Experience

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the vulnerable and lonely feeling experienced by many nursing home residents who do not want to be in a facility, but have no choice.  Such a plight serves to remind all of us being that alone and completely vulnerable to your caregivers is bad enough, but …

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The Effect of Nursing Aide Turnover on Nursing Home Resident Outcomes

The link between poor care and understaffing at nursing homes has long been established – study after study, including one by the Institute of Medicine, show that insufficient numbers of nurse aides and qualified nurses lead to bad outcomes, yet our nursing homes remain critically understaffed – and patients suffer needless injury and death as …

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An Interesting Experiment: A Medical Student Spends Ten Days in a Nursing Home to Learn What it is Like

I have often wondered how long it would take for people to realize what life in a nursing home looks like from a patient’s perspective.  For those who think that nursing homes who put profit over patient care shouldn’t be punished, I wonder if they would be willing to do what these brave medical students …

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