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Importance of Water Testing

By brian barrick
October 30, 2013

As Baby Boomers mature, the numbers of assisted living facilities are steadily rising to meet this aging population’s needs. These facilities allow seniors and their families to concentrate on living in the now rather than worrying about the unpredictability of the future. Ideally, the health and safety of residents is of utmost importance to a ...

Abuse of the Elderly: How can we stop?

By brian barrick
September 18, 2013

Background Checks Abuse of the elderly is a horrible epidemic; it does need to be stopped.  An assisted care facility should do extensive background checks on all potential employees.  The question of whether these potential employees have been fired in the past for abusing residents is definitely something that an employer has to know about.  ...

Are Your Nursing Assistants in the Know About Abuse & Neglect?

By brian barrick
August 15, 2013

  Elder neglect and abuse is a hot-button issue in nursing homes across the country, and rightfully so. Should elder neglect and abuse be found within a nursing home there are many serious consequences that could result. An expensive, prolonged lawsuit, a review of the nursing home by a state licensing agency, and even the ...

Employee Handbook Tips

By brian barrick
January 22, 2013

There are several things that you are going to need to know when you are writing an employee handbook for an adult family home.  The first thing is you are going to need to make sure that the handbook will protect you in court if need be. This is especially true in the event you ...

Avoide Elderly Dehydration

By brian barrick
July 24, 2012

With this extreme summer heat everyone is at more of a risk of dehydration, but elderly individuals are even more at risk because their bodies have less water content than younger people. Symptoms of dehydration need to be taken serious and they need to be treated as soon as possible, because, believe it or not, ...

Elder Abuse Epidemic

By brian barrick
April 12, 2012

Elder abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  Due to social isolation, mental and physical impairment, elders are more vulnerable than others.  Locations of abuse are many and include the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or the public.  Due to the occasionally stressful demands of caregivers for the elderly, caregivers sometimes find ...