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Elderly Abuse at Nursing Homes

We all deserve to spend the end of our lives in comfort and happiness. Hopefully, we can also spend time with family or we can pass the hours doing things we love like talking with friends or making crafts. For some people, this can be done in their home where their medical needs are taken care of by a home health aide or a family member. For others, however, an enrollment and stay at a nursing home are required because of medical concerns or constraints on the family’s ability to take care of an elderly person.

No matter your situation, we all have an obligation to provide a safe place for our aging relatives. Contrary to the fears of your older loved one being holed up in a room with nothing to do all day, many nursing homes plan programming including crafts, music, movies, socials, and special events for holidays. These opportunities allow the elderly a chance to live a fulfilling life in their final years, relaxing and meditating upon a successful career and family. This is how it should be in nursing homes, and I am glad that the industry standard is now so much better than it used to be — just a dumping ground for the elderly to live out their final years.

Most nursing homes are attended to by lovely employees with a desire to care for others. Nursing home residents require intensive care sometimes, and the employees are there for any accidents or small injuries incurred from being an elderly resident. Additionally, daily upkeep of the rooms and the residents’ medicinal scheduling are taken care of by nursing home employees. These workers do the difficult tasks that are sometimes too burdensome for people to stay with their family members.

As I have explained, the vast majority of nursing homes are designed for relaxation and attentive care. Most employees have a desire to make the world a better place by improving the lives of our older generations. But as you know, there are exceptions to every rule. Sometimes, nursing homes are a hotbed of abuse or maltreatment.

As the law firm ChasenBoscolo reports on their website, many families seek legal representation after a nursing home not only fails to take care of the elderly but even worse, abuses the elderly. This is a graphic topic for many because of the vulnerability and innocence of the elderly just attempting to live their lives in peace.

Because nursing home populations often have vulnerable populations (from medical conditions or the frailty that comes with old age), they are a target of abuse by those with ill will or those who negligently fail to uphold their responsibility to care for others.

Some instances of abuse including deliberate withholding of medication, administering medication improperly, or even more graphic violations such as failing to address injuries like bed sores or bruises. No amount of abuse is okay. If you or a loved one are not receiving appropriate or even adequate treatment at a nursing home, you should seek out legal representation that will fight for the compensation you deserve.

Floridians Need to Pay More Attention to Golf Carts

Florida is famous for being a paradise for people of very diverse ages and interests. It’s the amusement park capital of the country. It’s got the beaches and nightlife that young adults love. It’s full of natural beauty for those who like to enjoy the quiet life. It’s got great weather. It’s got a booming economy. It’s got great food. And, of course, it has plenty of golf courses. For the most part, all of these interests coexist peacefully in one large state, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t be better at paying attention to some of the issues that come from providing paradise to so many people.

One area that really doesn’t get enough discussion is the golf cart. That may seem like an absurd topic, but as Glover Law Firm has detailed in several of their recent blog posts, it’s a fairly serious issue with some serious consequences.

Glover Law Firm has documented that there is a lot that can go wrong with a golf cart, and when it goes wrong, serious injuries are very possible. Some golf carts simply malfunction, leaving those on the cart and others on the road in serious risk of injuries. There obviously needs to be more regulation over who can modify golf carts and how they modify them.

Even more important, though, we need to make sure people in golf carts know the law and know how and where to drive their golf carts.
The golf cart can seem like a harmless vehicle that doesn’t reach speeds or have the ability to do much harm at all, but the reality is that golf cart accidents can be very serious and cause severe injuries. Many people therefore misjudge how they should behave in their golf cart. It can lead to people driving on main roads as if their golf cart is a normal vehicle. It can also lead to people driving recklessly because they don’t think they can hurt anyone with a little old golf cart.

We need to do a better job educating people who drive golf carts about the risks and requirements for that vehicle. For instance, Glover Law Firm points out that golf carts aren’t allowed on roads that aren’t specifically designated for golf cart use. A lack of knowledge about this can lead to many accidents with larger vehicles. Similarly, though golf carts are lighter and can’t reach extremely high speeds, you still aren’t allowed to drive a golf cart while intoxicated or texting. Finally, as with all vehicles, more injuries could be avoided if golf cart drivers and passengers took commonsense safety measures like wearing their seatbelts and keeping their carts maintained.

Just making sure everyone who uses a golf cart understands these basic requirements would do a lot to help Floridians continue to live safely and happily together, whether they’re off to work, off to the beach, or off to the golf course.

The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy

President Trump has already taken massive steps to erase all the progress made on environmental issues during the Obama administration. In March, he rescinded a number of clean air initiatives set by his predecessor. Since then, the administration has not left off on the issue, which was a signature one during last year’s campaign. During the campaign, Trump presented himself as a champion of the coal industry, and he promised to bring back coal jobs by removing the regulations he and some in the industry feel are responsible for the decline in the use of coal nationwide.

In October, the EPA signaled that their intent was to continue in this direction by reviewing and removing Obama era expansions on the Clean Air Act.

These two points, combined with other acts in the administration and other comments made by those in the administration, suggest the environment is in for a very difficult four years. With recent extreme weather events suggesting global warming may be advancing faster than previously expected, this could be a truly tragic development.

There is a reason to hope, however. Though the administration in the White House is determined to unravel as many regulations as possible, no matter the consequences, it is not clear that the country will follow suit.

The decline in coal, for instance, has been due more to the increased use of natural gas (which burns cleaner than coal) than to any government policy. As renewable energy becomes increasingly cheaper, this trend is only going to continue, no matter the change in governing philosophy.

At the same time, many companies have already invested in the technology required to comply with the Obama era rules, and it would only be a needless expense to undo what is already done, particularly when it is not clear how long the policy may last as it is.

Other companies have also started up, and indeed, inventions and innovations in the green energy and clean airfields are surging. Consider the robovent, which prides itself on how well it can comply with the Obama regulations. Its success testifies to the strength of the trend toward cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency. It seems unlikely any of this will stop now. At most, it may slow slightly.

That does not mean no damage can be done. As has been seen in the response to Puerto Rico, the Trump administration has a great deal of power it can choose to deploy or not in order to deal with immediate environmental challenges. The putative attitude on display towards Puerto Rico suggests the administration will hold grudges and use or refuse to use its power depending on personal feelings about particular regions, communities, or issues.

Another issue on the Trump agenda, the travel ban, also shows that the administration can be very dedicated to pushing a policy no matter how much blowback it experiences.

It must be assumed until proven otherwise that all that can be done that the Trump administration is dedicated to dismantling as many environmental regulations as possible.

Common Challenges Startups Face

When you think about businesses, the first things that come into your mind are money and security. But businesses are not that simple. Before you even become successful, you have many challenges to overcome, especially if you are just starting out.

But what are these hurdles exactly?

Business Law

According to the website of Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, startups have specialized legal concerns and need to consider certain factors that other businesses do not. These concerns include but are not limited to the following:

  • Determining the best business model
  • Funding options
  • Protecting the business’s assets, such as intellectual property

Without the proper help, these legal difficulties can truly be a burden and can significantly affect the creation and progress of your business.

Competition

Competition is one of the constant struggles in business, and this can be particularly problematic for startups because they don’t have an established brand and customers yet. They are entering the market empty-handed. If there is anything they have, it is the buzz that is created just because of the fact that they are new players in the existing market. But sadly, that is not enough to get a competitive edge in the long run.

Financial Management

Whether you are a new businessman or an experienced one, there is always the struggle of handling finance. Like competition, financial management can be particularly problematic for startups, because they may not have the financial flexibility to take risks, which can make them lose out on the competition. Flexibility is also important when it comes to expansion, when the startups start rolling, getting profits, and having higher operation costs.

Market Share

As said earlier, startups have the advantage of being new, as this can create buzz and make potential customers try your product and services. But this buzz will not last forever, so it is important to use it as an effective stepping stone to get a chunk of market share.

Getting a consistent flow of customers can be hard for startups because of many factors, like customers already satisfied with a competitor’s product and services, doubts on the fact that the company is new, and the lack of talented staff because they are already taken by competitors.

The Dangers of Homeopathic Solutions: FDA Issues Warning Against Hyland’s Teething Tablets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently come out with a statement warning the public against the use of Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets and similar products. In an announcement reported by CNN on October 13, the FDA strongly discouraged parents and caregivers from using the homeopathic teething solution that are now being linked to ten infant deaths, plus 400 more incidents of adverse side effects in infants and children.

Hyland’s teething tablets and other similar products were found to cause vomiting, muscle weakness, agitation, lethargy, sleepiness, difficulty breathing, flushed skin, difficulty urinating, and seizures. The side effects caused by taking teething tablets are largely similar to symptoms of belladonna toxicity. Belladonna, more typically known as dead nightshade, is one the main ingredients used in these tablets. In controlled doses, it has been used as a sedative to remedy conditions like Parkinson’s disease. While homeopathy techniques claim that belladonna was properly diluted in the production of tablets, the lack of FDA regulation for these tablets doesn’t give much assurance of this.

Parents and caregivers on the lookout for teething remedies should instead try the many medically sound and tested techniques suggested by many doctors. One way parents can help soothe a teething bay is through the use of chew toys and child-safe pain medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Just remember to ask a physician about age-appropriate dosage when using OTC pain relievers. Another easy tip is to use a cold washcloth to gently massage the baby’s gums. Whatever solution you may try, remember to avoid using homeopathic remedies like teething tablets and gels. These products make use of ingredients that haven’t been properly tested and regulated. As noted by Williams Kherkher, these ingredients are so often powerful that, even when diluted, might leave you wondering why it can be safe to use for babies and children.

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