Nursing homes are a great option for families of elderly loved ones who just don't have the time to take of their loved one 24/7. With this option also comes risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1.5 million residents currently living in 16,100 nursing homes in the U.S. Of these, a study by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that 30-percent of these homes were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001.
Local TV station, ABC15, was tipped off that there may have been some negligence and poor living conditions at one Phoenix assisted living facility. What they found was not easy to look at. There were filthy mattresses with blood and dead bug stains on them, cigarette butts on the ground, bug issues, residents in tattered and dirty clothing laying in unmade beds, and water dispensers coated in dirt. The facility is called The Lodge at 14th Street and is licensed by the state as a "directed care" facility.
Imagine going into surgery for one thing and coming out with an entirely different, even more devastating problem. That's what happened to eighteen neurosurgery patients in North Carolina. All 18 patients were operated on with instruments that were not properly sterilized, and because of that, may have been exposed to an incurable brain disorder.
Today I was reminded (once again) just how dangerous distracted driving is. My friend's sister rear-ended a driver on the freeway during rush hour traffic this morning. The impact was so bad that her femur pushed through her leg during the collision. Minimal details were given to my friend over the phone, but he knew that his sister was running late for work and was in a hurry. He knew this because his sister had posted to Facebook saying so shortly before she crashed. Details surrounding the state of the driver she rear-ended were not clear, but one thing was: his sister put her life, the person's life that she rear-ended, and the other driver's around her at risk. All because she felt the need to share the fact that she was running late for work and hated being late for work.
There are more than 40 million seniors in America right now, with that number growing rapidly as baby boomers turn 65. Of these people, research indicates that more than 40% of people over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home before they die. In 2010, The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) found that there were 16,639 nursing homes in the U.S. with 1,736,645 beds. Out of the 16,639 nursing homes, nearly 1 in 10 homes had violations that caused residents harm, serious injury, or put their life in jeopardy. This is a scary statistic, but it gets worse.
The death of 7-year-old Octavio Angulo in Phoenix serves as a sad and scary reminder to parents everywhere. Octavio was playing on his scooter in the front of his aunt's home when he decided to race his cousin who was on a bicycle. It was then that a driver of a white truck hit Octavio.
A disturbing video that shows abuse of developmentally disabled residents in a group home was anonymously dropped off to Connecticut's Department of Developmental Service, the private company that runs the group home, and to a local news station's investigative team. What they saw when they watched the video was shocking. Residents being kicked in the gut, being hit with a belt, and a woman being dragged off by her hair.
Taking care of your loved one can be a full time job. That's why thousands of families turn to caregivers in nursing homes for help. Nursing homes are a great way to give your loved one the 24-hour care he or she needs. But sometimes the trust you instill in the nursing home to look after your loved one is broken. This is the case for Tanya Karney-Brown. Tanya moved her brother Joseph into a nursing home in Illinois back in 2005 after Joseph suffered a stroke and a heart attack. Two years later Joseph was diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer. He was put on medication and seemed to be doing better - until months later when his family saw a change.
To be an organ donor is a very selfless and generous thing to do. But is it too risky? I'm talking about organ donors who are still living who choose to give their organ in hopes of saving someone else's life. That's exactly what Paul Hawks did in hopes of saving his desperately ill brother-in-law, Timothy Wilson. Timothy was able to get the new liver he needed. But tragically, after extreme complications in surgery, Paul died in the operating room.
Here's a scary fact: Tylenol and other acetaminophen-containing combination drugs kill hundreds of people every year and send about 56,000 more people to the hospital. That's because accidental overdose is actually easier than you think. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set the safe 24-hour dose limit of acetaminophen at 4,000 mg per adult, but some doctors say it should be capped at 3,250 mg per day. This is because your risk of acute liver failure and life-threatening skin rashes increases with higher dosage.