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Sweeney Law FirmPain Management in the Nursing HomePain is reported to be twice as prevalent in the elderly as in younger individuals. In the nursing home, its prevalence has been reported as high as 85%. According to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Panel on Chronic Pain in Older Persons (1998)Sweeney Law FirmPhysical Restraints in the Nursing HomeWhat is a physical restraint? A physical restraint is any manual method or material device attached, or adjacent to, a resident's body that he/she cannot remove easily. A physical restraint restricts freedom of movement or normal access to one's body. Sweeney Law FirmPrevention of Constipation and Fecal ImpactionConstipation occurs when a person has difficulty having bowel movements. Stools may be hard, making them difficult to pass. It is important to treat constipation as it leads to discomfort and hemorrhoids due to straining. Severe consequences of constipSweeney Law FirmRole of Restorative NursingMany nursing homes have restorative nursing programs designed to ensure each resident will maintain the functional gains made in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Sweeney Law FirmRole of the Nursing Home AdministratorThe role of the nursing home administrator is to supervise, plan, develop, monitor and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments in the nursing home. The nursing home administrator must have effective communication, leadership, Sweeney Law FirmScreening of StaffNursing homes are responsible for screening applicants for a history of abusive behaviors prior to hire. They cannot employ individuals found guilty of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents. They also cannot employ those individuals with a findSweeney Law FirmSepsisWhat is sepsis? Sepsis is a life-threatening illness in which the immune system has developed an increased response to infection. The illness causes blood changes, which can lead to loss of blood flow to major organs, resulting in organ damage. Sepsis Sweeney Law FirmSwallowing Difficulties and Aspiration PneumoniaAspiration is caused by stomach contents and food being misdirected from the esophagus and stomach into the throat and lungs. Studies have shown that dysphagia carries a sevenfold increased risk of aspiration pneumonia and is an independent predictor oSweeney Law FirmThe Danger of Side RailsThe use of side rails in the nursing home setting has been met with scrutiny over the past several years. Many serious injuries and death have occurred from the use of side rails. The following are potential risks of side rails: Strangling, suffocatingSweeney Law FirmThe Role of the Nursing Home DirectorThe role of the nursing home administrator is to supervise, plan, develop, monitor and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments in the nursing home. The nursing home administrator must have effective communication, leadership,