Nursing home residents across the country are susceptible to abuse and negligence. Oftentimes, these incidents can be the unfortunate result of understaffing and overworked employees. Yet, putting our elderly in danger under any circumstance is unacceptable. Approximately 40 nursing homes in Connecticut were cited and fined for lapses in care in 2018 alone. What occurred in some of these instances?
Stretching back decades, claims concerning Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder have revealed a correlation between regular usage and the development of ovarian cancer. However, based on recent reports and an investigation by Reuters, ovarian cancer is not the only risk you have to worry about. In rare instances, consumers have developed mesothelioma, a condition contracted after exposure to asbestos – even if it was decades ago – and allege Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is to blame.
When you think of a car accident, what comes to mind? Head-on collisions, fender benders and one-car crashes to name a few. Rollovers, one type of car accident you may have overlooked, only account for 2.1 percent of accidents, according to statistics from SafeCar.gov. However, rollovers are responsible for 35 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities.
Imagine another car lightly taps your bumper and the brief impact results in a small dent. You think, “It’s not a big deal,” – you and the other driver decide not to contact your insurance carriers. You still exchange names and phone numbers, just in case something comes up. The incident is behind you, until the next time you’re at the body shop or worse, you get a call from the other driver’s insurance carrier.
As the 2018 hurricane season nears its end, the need for adequate disaster preparedness at nursing homes continues to become more evident. News coverage highlights the plight of residents needing to evacuate and later returning to destroyed homes and possessions. This time last year, AARP pointed out how storms and inconsistent disaster preparedness surrounding these events lead to unnecessary deaths.