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Sweeney Law FirmAlzheimer’s Care in the Nursing Home | Indiana Alzheimer’s Care LawyersAlzheimer’s disease is a slowly progressive, degenerative disorder of the brain that eventually results in diminished brain function and death; it is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease affects 10% of those over age 65 and 50% of thosSweeney Law FirmAnticoagulation Therapy in the Nursing HomeAnticoagulant medications, such as Heparin, Lovenox, and Warfarin (Coumadin), are used to prevent thrombosis (clotting) in residents with a variety of healthcare issues, including strokes, irregular heart rhythm, and recent hip or knee surgery. It is iSweeney Law FirmAssisted Living FacilitiesAssisted living facilities are a bridge between home and the nursing home setting. They let residents live on their own and enjoy their independence, while providing access to meals, activities, and transportation in a home-like setting. Some even proSweeney Law FirmBed Sores in Nursing HomesBed sores (also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and decubitus ulcers) are areas of injured skin and tissue that often develop over the bony parts of the body, such as the tailbone, hip, ankle, or heel when small blood vessels are occluded by coSweeney Law FirmDehydration in Nursing HomesDehydration means that the body is losing more fluid than it is taking in and is the most common fluid problem in older people. The diagnosis of dehydration is based on signs, symptoms, and lab values. If a diagnosis of dehydration is missed, deadly elSweeney Law FirmDementia-Related Behaviors in Nursing HomesDementia-related behaviors are often termed “problem behaviors” by staff in the nursing home. They are in fact a major cause of admission to the nursing home because families believe that nursing home staff is equipped to dealing with them – some are aSweeney Law FirmDepression in the ElderlyApproximately 10 percent of women and 5 percent of men will experience at least one major depressive episode during their adult life. Depression affects people of all races, incomes, and ages. Depression is a major cause of disease and disability in thSweeney Law FirmHow Can the Elderly Protect Themselves?Elder abuse and neglect is rampant in nursing homes across the country. Each day it seems, there are new reports ranging from flagrant abuse to inadequate care of one of the most vulnerable treasures in our society. There's no question the elderly are morSweeney Law FirmHow to Pick a Good Nursing HomeIt can be tough facing the gut wrenching decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. Even when it comes to the point that they clearly need more direct care than you are able to give them, it isn't easy to take that step.  Much of the recent...Sweeney Law FirmInadequate Staffing in Nursing HomesStaff shortages are a major crisis in nursing homes across the United States, and include a shortage of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Adequate nursing home staffing is critical to pr