Articles Posted in Nursing Home Links

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We spend so much time talking about the challenges of finding the right long-term care facility and the horror of some nursing home experiences, that its rare when we actually share a positive story about the aging process.

It is important to point out that growing old does not have to be fought at all costs. Many seniors are thriving, both inside and outside long-term care facilities. So long as basic standards are met, the ability to enjoy one’s golden years often depends on personal conduct and perspective.

The Joy of Old Age

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The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care is holding its annual meeting in October. The meeting is to be held close to Chicago, in a neighboring state. The organization prides itself on make advances in the care received by nursing home residents and works to prevent nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect and nursing home failures to supervise for patients. Organizations like NCCNHR are crucial to help obtain changes in nursing home reforms and to improve the quality of care that elder residents receive. To register for the conference or learn more information how this organization is working to improve nursing home care and long term care facilities click here.

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Lisa Nerenberg, who has been involved in the field of elder abuse prevention since 1983, publishes a blog with posts concerning financial exploitation, identity theft, cognitive impairment and undue influence, care giving issues and cultural and gender issues. A recent post, “Geriatricians, Angry and Otherwise,” is a provocative commentary which highlights useful and interesting readings. The readings cover a wide range of topics, including, “the social and economic factors that contribute to elder abuse, including ageism in healthcare, inadequate pensions, and poverty,” and a surgeon’s description of the field of geriatrics. In addition, Nerenberg includes interesting references to global trends in elder abuse.

Click here to read Lisa Nerenberg’s blog

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“Who Moved My Dentures? Musings on Aging” is a new blog that has proven to be relevant, informative and straightforward. Author Anthony Cirillo, author of a book with the same title, is an elder advocate who works to assure the dignity and respect of seniors. Postings cover many topics including nursing home and long-term care information.

Click here to read the blog

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A warm welcome to Alison Hirschel as president of the NCCNHR. The NCCNHR focuses on such issues as nursing home abuse and neglect, adequate staffing in nursing home, working conditions of long-term care staff, resident’s rights, family support, development and support for the long-term care ombudsman program, and more. This organization has achieved great success and continues further in its work toward much needed nursing home reform.

Click here to find out more about the NCCNHR

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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Committee (NPUAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating patients and medical personnel on pressure ulcer prevention and care, and advancing research in the field.

The NPUAC’s website provides helpful information including definitions of common pressure ulcer terms, and pressure ulcer prevention tips.

To visit the NPUAC’s website.

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Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons – an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens www.aarp.org

Administration on Aging – The federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns http://www.aoa.gov

Consumer Justice Group – Nursing Home abuse and neglect information along with other useful information for consumers http://www.consumerjusticegroup.com/nursinghomeabuse/index.html

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The Center was fined $30,000 for failure to protect a resident from mental and sexual abuse. A resident was coerced by a staff member to have sex with another resident and promised cigarettes if they cooperated with providing sexual favors.

The Illinois Department of Public Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators

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The Clinton Manor Living Center for the developmentally disabled was fined for failure to implement their own policies, failure to properly alarm or supervise exit doors, and failure to provide adequate supervision to a resident with a diagnosis of profound mental retardation and a history of self-injurious behaviors. The resident was able to walk out of the facility without staff knowledge.

The Illinois Department of Public Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators