Why Is Coronavirus So Dangerous In Nursing Homes? How Can You Protect Loved Ones?

When your parents, grandparents, or other family members enter long-term care facilities, you assume that they’ll be far safer there than at home. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has destroyed this assumption. Nursing homes are at the center of the disease’s most alarming clusters. Common Coronavirus Risk Factors in Nursing Homes A variety of factors conspire to make nursing homes uniquely dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic. Age is obviously a factor, as older individuals are demonstrably more susceptible to COVID-19. Beyond that, however, close quarters and extensive contact also leave patients at risk. Sadly, many nursing homes lack the protective equipment…

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Tracking Your Loved One’s Prescriptions And Ailments When They Can No Longer Do So Themselves

Multiple diagnoses and treatment plans make it difficult for even the most clear-headed and responsible individuals to handle suggested medications and other interventions. Add disorganization or mental incapacity to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster. As caretaker, managing symptoms and prescriptions may prove your greatest contribution to your loved one’s health and wellbeing. While this burden may initially seem overwhelming, a few small tweaks can make all the difference, as highlighted below: Take Advantage of Smartphone Tools A variety of medication and symptom management apps can make your life easier. These allow you to track when and…

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Protecting the Elderly And Other Individuals From Hypothermia During the Winter

Hypothermia fatalities are on the rise, with seniors proving especially vulnerable. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that, while the general population suffered a hypothermia-related fatality rate of 0.3 and 0.5 per 100,000 between 2003 and 2013, this rate increased to 1.1 per 100,000 for women over the age of 65 and 1.8 for men within that age range. With seniors — especially those dealing with illness or injury — the following precautions can provide not only additional comfort, but also, valuable protection against a deadly condition: Know the Signs Hypothermia isn’t always immediately obvious to outsiders or…

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Tips to Prevent Overheating in the Elderly

The summer seems like an innocuous season for senior citizens—a time for chatting outdoors, grilling and playing in the sprinklers with your grandchildren. But summer heat and humidity create serious dangers. The body’s response to abnormal temperatures slows as we age, and many older adults suffer from chronic diseases that weaken their ability to self-regulate. Here are some common sense strategies to minimize the chances of overheating injuries. Stay Hydrated Heat and sun dry out the body: so rehydrate. Encourage everyone in your orbit, especially young children and older family members, to drink water irrespective of activity level. Minimize alcohol,…

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Washington Hospital Center Makes House Calls to Area Residents in Need | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Washington Hospital Center has a program called “Medical House Calls”.  The program provides primary care services by a team of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and others.  These health care teams make house calls to the homes of  elderly residents to provide the ongoing care and preventive care they need in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Patient Enrollment Criteria To qualify for the Medical House Call program, patients must: Live in one of these D.C. zip codes: 20001, 20002, 20009, 20010, 20011, 20012, 20017, or 20018 Be 60 years or older and have difficulty getting to…

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