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September 2017 Archives

Emergency preparedness can prevent dehydration in nursing homes

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to motivate large institutions to change. The recent events in which several nursing home residents died after Hurricane Irma have federal lawmakers ready to expand rules about backup power sources in these facilities. Pennsylvania nursing homes will not have to ensure that the emergency plan maintains a backup power supply in case of emergency. In the event of a loss of power during a heat wave, nursing home residents are vulnerable to dehydration and heatstroke. 

Will nursing home neglect cases be settled only by arbitration?

A person who has been wronged deserves a fair chance to have it made right. This is the underlying sentiment when a person must sue a senior care center for nursing home neglect or abuse. Some homes, like other larger companies, would prefer to handle these types of cases through arbitration. Pennsylvania residents may wish to follow the developing news about elder care and settling disputes. 

Updated tech options for Social Security disability applicants

As the population ages, more seniors are familiar and comfortable with modern technology since they have been using tech like email and smartphones for years. In a move to keep up with the times, the Social Security Administration is now providing online applications and two-step authentication. Individuals applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are able to do so online, or they may choose one of the many in-person offices across Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania ranks ninth in nursing home abuse ER visits

A recent investigation by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office revealed some sobering facts about senior care and reporting issues in the country. The government audit revealed that some incidents of possible nursing home abuse were not being immediately reported to law enforcement, as required by a federal law. The investigators fault Medicare for not enforcing the existing law. Pennsylvania ranked ninth in the study for number of emergency room visits due to suspected abuse. 

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