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Use and Overuse of Antipsychotic Medications for Dementia

The overuse of antipsychotic drugs to treat dementia is the subject of a recent federal study.  In the nursing home setting, these drugs are sometimes prescribed to calm disruptive behaviors that dementia causes some residents to display.  This study correlates use of antipsychotic medication with an increased risk of death.  Also a consideration is the […]

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Preventing Falls for our Elders

Recent articles in the New York Times present an enlightening picture of the process of our aging population coming to grips with mobility issues and the risk of falling.  Many times active, healthy elders have to balance their independent spirits with the progression of limitations that come with age.  Our perceptions of ourselves as no […]

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Alternative Options for Those Considering Nursing Home Care

At some point in life, everyone will have to face the decision of where to turn for assistance with elderly care. Whether making that decision for one’s self or a loved one, determining the best care option can be difficult, and is a decision that deserves serious contemplation. A nursing home may seem like the […]

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Who Can Legally Obtain Someone Else’s Medical Records?

Houston Medical Records – Many of the questions most commonly asked of nursing home abuse attorney Marian Rosen and her partner Angela Spears revolve around how someone else’s medical records can be obtained and by whom. During consultations with our staff in Houston, we can advise clients how to obtain medical records from nursing homes […]

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)

Houston Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)On January 1, 2014, an important provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 went into effect. Healthcare providers and other eligible professionals are required to have adopted electronic medical records (EMRs). It should be noted that nursing homes do not generally fall under the “eligible professionals” umbrella; however, […]

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Involuntary Discharge from a Nursing Home

Houston Nursing Home Involuntary DischargeNursing home residents have many rights and protections afforded to them by law. However, some nursing home residents, or in certain cases their families, unknowingly forfeit some of their rights and freedoms when they sign contracts with nursing homes. This is why it is extremely important to read these contracts thoroughly […]

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Using Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare Service

Houston Nursing Homes and Medicare Among the most valuable resources available to those vetting nursing homes on behalf of their loved ones is Nursing Home Compare, a service provided by the United States Government via their official Medicare website. Nursing Home Compare is a searchable database of more than 15,000 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes […]

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Assisted Living Facilities

Houston Assisted Living Facilities. Many people think that “assisted living facility” and “nursing home” are synonymous, but in truth, they are two considerably different types of facilities. Residents of nursing homes generally require a high level of supervision and 24-hour access to nursing care. Residents of assisted living facilities usually are in better health for […]

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