Authorities say an 83-year-old man has died from head injuries he sustained when an off-duty security guard went on a violent rampage at a Florida assisted living facility, savagely attacking residents with a tire jack.
You may feel you have stark choices for frail and elderly family members: Keep them at home without the help and support they need, or help them move to an assisted living facility or a nursing home to get those services.
You've heard it before. You go into the hospital for one thing and come out with another: a whopping infection contracted there. Did you know that you're also at risk for infection in assisted living and nursing homes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched a website to help put the brakes on infection in long-term care settings.
If you have a loved one in assisted living - or see that possibility on the horizon - this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading.
My dad is a man of simple needs, and the same goes for his Father's Day desires. Last year my mom and I surprised him with a charcoal grill, and, in a pinch, he always appreciates a handmade coupon for nine holes of golf with his favorite (and only) daughter. My parents have recently graduated to empty-nester status and, as they revel over the clutter-free counter tops and the need for only one carton of milk a week, the whole family's thinking more about our transition to this more mature stage.
There's a children's book series that has come out in the last year about a young girl named Carlyn and her visits to her grandmother in assisted living. It debunks the stereotypes about old people and long-term care. Here's one line from Carlyn Meets Granny Girl's New Friends: "Wow, this does not look like a place creepy people live, and I do not smell anything weird, either!" Carlyn said.
Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy about an employee in an independent living facility in California who refused to do CPR on a resident, citing company policy forbidding her to do so. The resident later died, sparking many questions about types of facilities, the kind or "level" of care provided and their policies. Several investigations have been launched as a result of the incident. The facility at first said the employee followed policy, but later released a statement saying, "The incident resulted from a complete misunderstanding of our practice with regards to emergency medical care for our residents."
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