Posts made in November, 2017

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

While there are rumors, stories, jokes, and movies about the idea of nursing home abuse, the actual reality of the situation isn’t very well understood. What actually counts as nursing home abuse, and how can you know it’s occurring?

These are particularly tricky questions because the person who may be being abused may not have the ability to explain what is happening. Many of those who go to nursing homes are suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. They may simply not have the ability to articulate what is happening. At the same time, they may hallucinate events or misremember events so that any claims they do make cannot be taken as fact at face value.

So, how can a relative know if their family member is suffering from nursing home abuse? Abel Law Firm has a convenient list of warning signs that are worth reviewing here.

  1. Staff are not responsive to questions

If a member of staff is elusive when certain questions come up, this should set off warning bells. This elusiveness could take many forms, from changing the subject to acting offended about a line of questioning. If you have concerns take these questions to the staff member’s superiors. If they too don’t satisfy you, look for higher authorities or contact a legal authority.

  1. Unexplained injuries

The elderly can injure themselves easily, and a new bruise may mean nothing, but a pattern of injuries that cannot be explained by the staff or by the person’s activities is something to worry about. Keep a careful watch for how often these injuries occur and what explanation is given for them.

  1. Unexplained deterioration in health

Obviously, those in a nursing home are suffering from ill health, but that does not mean they should wilt away. If there is a sudden, sharp deterioration in health that isn’t explained by the conditions the person is suffering from, it may be a sign that some form of abuse is taking place. If you have concerns on this point, speak with a doctor outside the facility for a second opinion.

  1. Signs of emotional trauma

Again, those who suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s can have sudden emotional changes, but sudden aggression, regressive behavior, or withdrawal can still mean something else is going on. Since these can come from other factors, keep an eye on this one and look for other signs if it occurs.

  1. Unnecessary restraints or overmedication

If your relative isn’t violent to him or herself or to others, then there should be little reason to restrain them. Make sure to watch the medication dosages if your relative appears more unresponsive. This, in and of itself, is abuse and may signify other forms are taking place. It is worthwhile to try to learn more about the medications and the dosages of the drugs your relative is on. Ask the doctor for a list and check when you visit.

While nursing home abuse is rare, it is important that family watch out for it, especially since the person unable to so for themselves. Remain watchful for these signs, and remember that you are now that person’s sole protector.

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Why Do People Care About Their Lawns?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

For the longest time, before I was a homeowner, I could not understand people’s obsession with landscaping. It was a truly bizarre obsession, as far as I could tell. I would see people outside in their yards for hours, fussing over plants or trying to trim trees just right. They would spend more hours mowing the lawn every week. They’d spend hundreds of dollars in a year on pesticides, seeds, and fertilizer. All that effort, and really, it just looked like a patch of grass and a few daisies just like the next house over. I didn’t get it.

Of course, it was easy to look down on something I wasn’t a part of. For a long time, I was a proud apartment renter. I enjoyed having so little responsibility for my residence. All I had to do was keep my little space clean. I could clean my dishes, sweep the floor, do the laundry, and tidy everything up in the time it took homeowners just to finish with their lawn fussing. And then they had a house still to deal with. I was done and ready to get on with my life.

I just couldn’t understand it. That is until I bought a house of my own.

Once I took that step, very quickly it started to make sense to me. I wanted my place to stand out, I felt pride in owning a home, and I wanted to show it off. I wanted to show it off to family and friends who stopped by, and I wanted to show it off to random neighbors who just happened to walk by.

I quite like how the Ware Landscaping website describes it, so I’m going to quote that here: “As an extension of your home, your yard can say a lot about you. In many cases, it’s the first impression of your property. It could be your garden, your paradise, or your go-to social venue.”

That’s true, isn’t it? It really is an important point of relaxation in a home, and it really is the first impression people have of your home. If your yard is rundown, it says a lot about who you are as a person.

These days, I think of my lawn like my haircut. I don’t go to work with my hair uncut. Who would want to work with me? No, I spend time and money to make sure my hair looks good so that when people see me, they notice how well put together I am. It makes a difference.

A final point that I realized once I actually had a home: working in the yard is relaxing. For all those years, I assumed people outside trimming bushes and mowing lawns were just doing what they had to to keep the home owner’s association happy. How wrong I was. They were having fun. And I was missing out. At least I don’t have to miss out anymore.

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