Series of Dog Attacks Rattles Cleveland

Many of us have gotten nervous when a strange dog approaches us aggressively. But maybe the dogs we should actually be concerned about are the ones in our own homes. Three Northeast Ohio animal attacks in July illustrate the danger even loved ones can face from out-of-control pets. Three dog attacks On July 13, 2015,

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Coumadin: Nursing home residents beware necessary but dangerous drug

Would it surprise you to know that nearly one in six nursing home residents takes the most dangerous drug in America? That drug is Coumadin, generically known as Warfarin. It affects the clotting time of blood, thinning the blood to prevent blood clots that could cause strokes by heart attacks or pulmonary embolism. This statistic

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Nursing Home Procedures You Should Question

Faced with that difficult decision whether to place a family member in a nursing home, we rely on a good deal of trust: trust that the doctors and nurses will make the best treatment decisions. But when should we question these professionals’ treatment decisions? Finally some nursing care guidelines come from the Society for Post-Acute

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Preventing Dog Bites

Next week (May 17–23, 2015) is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. It may seem dramatic to dedicate an entire week to this issue. But the Insurance Information Institute estimates that in 2013, insurers across the country paid over $483 million in dog bite claims. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, dog bites are

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How To Report Nursing Home Abuse

Residents of nursing homes face many challenges to their well-being, ranging from falls and fractures to bedsores and infection. How can we keep nursing homes accountable for the care they provide? We can hold them responsible by reporting nursing home abuse or neglect to government officials. The Ohio Department of Health handles complaints involving regulated health care facilities

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Maybe Those (Rating) Stars Will Really Shine?

I am talking about the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) rating stars that rate the nation’s nursing homes. Families rely on this system when they’re evaluating nursing homes and their quality of care. Last month Medicare implemented changes to the rating system on its website Nursing Home Compare. The changes impacted two areas:

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