A California man is suing an assisted living facility for the wrongful death of his 89 year old mother. He claims that the facility allowed his mother to become exposed to extreme heat many times by leaving her outdoors in an unshaded area. The facility received a citation from the state’s department of social services for neglect. The facility is appealing the citation, but the suit has not been overturned.
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Much like nursing home residents, those living in assisted living may be at a higher risk for abuse. The constant contact with overworked staff is one contributor to abuse in nursing homes, but assisted living residents do not always have the same extended contact.
How would you or your loved one enjoy living in a home with a built in spa? In the United States most assisted living facilities have some sort of activity area for residents. Canada has taken their assisted living a step further. Actually, compared to the facilities in other parts of the world, Canada may be leaps and bounds forward in senior care.
One of the challenges that many seniors face in terms of limited mobility is discovering the best adaptive devices. Most of us are familiar with “the grabber,” a mechanical claw gadget that helps folks reach things on the higher shelves in their home. This is exactly the type of device that some people need. There are others, however, that can and do many people’s lives easier and, in fact, lead to greater independence.
There are times when a facility must close, due to various reasons. Closings can stem from code or building violations, abuse allegations, or a lack of funding. What happens to the residents that suddenly find their home is no longer home?
Sunrise Senior Living has earned its place in history as the first assisted living facility to gain the EPA’s Energy Star Seal of Approval. As the effort to grow our current green economy continues, more assisted living facilities are striving to become eco-friendly.
Winter is a great time of year and one of its major bonuses is the food. It’s also no surprise that seniors love to cook, even the guys. Getting residents in the kitchen to prepare food would likely be a treat. Before getting the residents into the kitchen, make sure to identify any potential problems such as mobility or stability issues, and hand out the tasks according to those who can do them. Make sure to include everyone!
You may have heard of code violations in reference to assisted living facilities in the media. There have been many recent stories of facilities receiving code violations or citations that result in the closing of the facility. Sometimes the owner must give up ownership due to code violations that are not corrected or possibly the facility has been a repeat offender.
Senior citizens and mental illness has always been a hot button issue. Many feel that assisted living facilities are being overburdened with the task of caring for large numbers of mentally ill patients. What is often unsaid, however, is the benefits that those with mental illnesses receive from moving into one of these facilities.
A new piece of legislation was passed in Michigan this year (2012) that will help assisted living residents breathe easier. The new legislation will make it easier for homeowners that are living in a facility to receive the principal residence tax exemption. This exemption is for their primary home.
Across the United States communities are protesting the addition of assisted living facilities to their neighborhoods. California, Michigan, New Jersey, and other states have had a surge of such protests. Why is this? Do people in these communities dislike the elderly or retired?
Seniors are just like everybody else. They want to live good lives, have friends and family. Occasionally, a senior who is single due to the loss of a spouse may want to begin dating again. Relationships are normal and there are very few people who would want to be alone, and those folks living in assisted living facilities have just as much right to happiness as everyone else.
In recent times the state of Texas has had more than its’ share of facility staff accused of abuse. More and more facilities are being found in violation of state and federal health codes. We have to wonder – what is going on with Texas?
There are many types of building or code violations. Often the violations occur due to neglect, though a violation may happen due to bad construction. A contractor hired by an assisted living company should follow all local codes. Sometimes the opposite happens – the lowest bidder takes a job and delivers a bad product.
Having a dinner is a great way to raise money whether it’s for your facility or a local charity. They’re deceptively easy to do and, once you have a few key elements in place, the rest will handle itself.
One of the most important things that residents can do to keep themselves active is exercise. Seniors, however, often require specific types of exercise that can increase strength and mobility without causing too much stress to the bones or muscles. Low-impact exercise is great for residents, including those with mobility issues.
Assisted living is not the norm for the elderly in China. Many grandmothers and grandfathers are active parts of their households and live with their children and grandchildren. Family is very important to the Chinese. Over the last decade or so, assisted living has seen a boom in popularity partly because of the quality of care that seniors receive in these facilities instead of staying at home, partly because of the increase in employment in China and also partly because of changes in society and socialization.
The topic of unmarried couples has been brought into the media spotlight over the past several years. The couples in question can be gay or straight, it seems that the marriage institution has been a hot debate. With the upcoming Presidential election and fight for the White House in full swing, marriage is an important topic.
This election year is one of the hottest that we have seen in a long time. Key issues that are important to everyone are being debated strongly by the candidates. The nation has been becoming more divided over the following issues.
Over the past year many complaints and convictions of elder abuse have come out of states like South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Is it possible that the southern states have more abusive staff in assisted living facilities than in other parts of the country?
In early May 2012, North Carolina passed a new law that affects not just gay residents of the state, but also all unmarried couples. The state already had a ban on gay marriage and did not recognize civil unions. Now, the only legally recognized union in the state is legal marriage between a man and a woman.
It is time to share some yummy recipes! The following recipes were scaled down for use by one or two people. If you only need one serving, freeze or refrigerate the other for use at a later time.
The last thing that any of us wish to think about is our eventual death. We spend most of our lives thinking that we will go on and on, forever. Wouldn’t it be nice if we did? Since we can’t live forever, we can make sure that our wishes go beyond our demise.
A man in Pasadena, CA was arrested in early May for killing his 61 year old assisted living roommate. The accused murderer was a resident at an assisted living facility for residents with mental illness. Paul Lopez, 38, of Pasadena was roommate to George Shatford, 61.
With all of this talk about green living and organic food, you may just wonder- is organic food important for older people? Sometimes the higher cost of organic foods can be prohibitive for people on set incomes, like social security, disability, or a small pension. Is the higher cost justifiable?
Do you know someone that is older and complains that their food just doesn’t taste good? Maybe you can’t taste everything in the way that you did a few years ago. Did you know that your taste buds age, just like everything in the human body? Adults have over 6,000 taste buds, elderly people may have only 2,000 to 3,000!