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greenUnderstanding the Nature of Elder Abuse

Every year, elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of older people. Many of these victims are frail, vulnerable and helpless against their abuser. Our nationís elderly are men and women just like us who have lived their life to the fullest. They are not just elder adults, they are people with feelings, emotions and self respect. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of thousands of elderly adults fall victim to the abusive behaviors of their caregivers, nursing homes and even family members.

blueThe Basics of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

     By Eastwood Law
What sets a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy apart from each other? There are unique differences and a bankruptcy attorney can help you determine which bankruptcy is right for you. Today, Americaís economy is suffering, especially the employment and real estate markets. Everywhere you look, people are out of work, underemployed, or suffering from an underwater mortgage. A lot of people are experiencing financial problems for the first time in their life for reasons beyond their control.

greenNew Sex Abuse Lawsuit Alleges Church Failed to Act after Learning of Priest's Deviant Past

Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed in Chicago on behalf of a teenage boy who was sexually abused by a priest over the course of several years at St. Agatha Catholic Church on the cityís West Side. In addition to alleging that the boy was abused by admitted sex offender Daniel McCormack, the lawsuit places blame on the Archdiocese of Chicago for allowing McCormack to remain at the church--- and in direct contact with children--- after similar allegations of sex abuse had surfaced.

greenWhat Can Nursing Homes Learn from Jails?

Why in the world would I suggest the the people who are responsible for the care of our most vulnerable take a lesson from those responsible for most violent? The answer has to do with how nursing homes keep track of their residents. Call it wandering, eloping or just escaping, there have been several recent reports of nursing home residents who have wandered from their facilities to their death without the facilities knowledge.

greenMedical Facilities Must Use Wheel-Locks and Supervision to Protect Patients in Wheelchairs

Perhaps the most basic safeguard nursing homes and hospitals can implement with wheelchair patients is the utilization of wheel-locks. Too often, physically disabled patients are simply propped up in their wheelchairs with the assumption that they face little chance of getting injured.

greenHeat Likely to Blame for the Death of Nursing Home Patient in Wisconsin

A Midwestern heat-wave is likely to blame for the death of a 69-year-old man at a Wisconsin nursing home. Though no official cause of death has been established, prolonged heat exposure appears to be primary cause of the man's death. WISN website is reporting that emergency personnel were called to Sunrise Care Center, after the man was discovered by staff sitting unresponsive in his wheelchair.

greenPoorly Monitored Medications May Put Children at Risk for Developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome

One of the most profound cases I worked on involved a girl who was prescribed Bactrim by doctors at a medical clinic for complaints of a sore throat following an outdoor soccer match in cool weather. Soon after taking the medication, the girl began to develop bumps on her throat, followed by a skin rash. After several more visits to the clinic, the doctors advised the girlís parents to continue with the Bactrim.

greenChild Suffers Fatal Allergic Reaction after Eating Contaminated Take-Out Food

The family of a seventh grade girl at a Chicago Public School has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Chinese restaurant that catered an end of year school party. The lawsuit alleges that the restaurant failed to adhere to strict warnings provided by the girl's teachers regarding here severe food allergies to peanut products.

greenAssisted Living Facilities Need to Re-Evaluate if They are Capable of Caring for Dementia Patients

Many assisted living facilities and other nursing home alternative facilities have done very well financially-- playing into the stigma associated with nursing homes that many people hold. While nursing homes may receive a fair amount of bad press, they provide essential medical services for millions of patients. The level of care offered at assisted living facilities simply is not intended to take the place of the skilled nursing care offered in nursing homes.

greenPressure Sores in Hospitals on the Rise

An increasing number of number of pressure sore cases my office is working on involve pressure sores that have developed during a hospitalization. What was once considered a sad symbol of poor nursing home care, is now increasingly associated with poor hospital care. Many of our clients who enter a hospital for acute care, wind up extending their hospitalization due to the development of a pressure sore during their stay.

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