November 2018 Archives

How should you report nursing home abuse in Kentucky?

According to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General, there are approximately 23,000 elderly residents living in more than 300 nursing home facilities throughout the state of Kentucky. That number is exponentially greater throughout the entire U.S. Many residents who live in nursing home facilities receive compassionate and quality care, but unfortunately, "many" is not "all."

What are work credits?

When you apply for Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration basis part of its decision on how many work credits you have. Work credits, according to the SSA, are something you earn based on the number of hours you work. While the conversion of how much you earn to the number of credits changes, currently, you earn one credit for every $1,360 you earn. You can earn up to four credits per year.

What is bedsore staging?

Nursing home residents in Kentucky are more likely to develop bedsores, or pressure ulcers, when they spend a great deal of time confined to a wheelchair or a bed. You may know that, if you have an elderly loved one with bedsores, it is important for them to receive proper medical treatment or they may develop a life-threatening infection. However, you may not be familiar with the staging of bedsores and how it affects treatment. 

What role might heuristics play in a misdiagnosis?

Even with the advances made in diagnostic medicine in recent years, your doctor in Bowling Green still has to deal with some limitations when it comes to diagnosing your condition. So how, then, are they able to offer up a definitive diagnosis? The ideal scenario is that they use the clinical indicators demonstrated in whatever diagnostic tests you undergo, compare that with your description of the symptoms you are experiencing, and consider what established heuristics call for. Heuristics are those standards that have been developed which help to dictate decision making. In many instances, they help steer your doctor towards the correct course of treatment. 

Seat belt advice for parents with young children

Driving your children to school is not always the best part of the day. Your kids may be grumpy, you might be groggy -- and so is everyone else on the road! But that's not a reason to skimp on seat belt safety. As a parent, your primary responsibility is the safety of your kids -- and in a car, that means always using seat belts the right way.

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