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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Auto Safety Agency in the Hot Seat

It was only a matter of time before Toyota’s troubles spilled over. Problems that big always do. The next to feel the pain is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s auto safety agency. In light of Toyota’s recall of more than 8 million vehicles for a variety of problems related to the …

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Nursing Facilities Face Investigation

In response to continuing reports of deaths, abuse, and substandard care at long-term nursing facilities, the Senate Finance Committee has opened an investigation. The company in the spotlight is Select Medical Corporation, a for-profit long-term care provider with 89 facilities in 26 states, including North Carolina. (They own Select Specialty Hospitals in Durham and Winston-Salem.) …

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Toyota to Pay for Loaner Cars (and More)

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today that owners of recalled Toyota vehicles will be offered several services to reduce the “inconvenience” of having to get their cars fixed. Among the benefits: Pickup and return of recalled vehicle Providing rental car while the car is being fixed Quick scheduling of repairs for accelerator and …

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