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Medication errors abound in nursing homes

The number of elderly people in the United States has grown exponentially in recent years. This has caused an increase in the number of people living in nursing homes. Many of them require medications in order to control both acute and chronic ailments.

The problem is that the number of medication errors in nursing homes is far higher than anyone would like. It's possible that your loved one will be a victim of this type of error.

When truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel

The trucking industry is highly regulated. Why? It helps keeps truck drivers, their employers and the general public protected. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle in Texas, you have every right to question if regulation violations were behind the incident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that truck drivers receive medical clearance before they can hit the road. One common medical condition suffered by numerous drivers is sleep apnea. This disorder can make it very difficult to function when awake and can even result in truck drivers falling asleep when behind the wheel. Obviously, this presents a significant safety concern.

Do questions arise when you visit your elderly parent?

If you're like many adult children in Texas, you may have thoroughly researched various assisted living facilities before choosing a new full-time residence for your aging mother or father. Such situations are intensely personal, and highly emotional as well when your parent is no longer able to live independently, and the need arises for you to entrust his or her care to nursing home officials and other care professionals. Of course, you assume that all caregivers will have your parent's best interests at heart.

Sadly, many nursing homes appear to be top notch facilities on the surface, while serious problems regarding abuse and neglect exist behind the scenes. If you know the signs of neglect ahead of time, you may be able to help your parent avoid trauma.

Protecting your loved ones through guardianships

Your Texas family may find that it is necessary to establish certain protections for the benefit of a loved one. Guardianship is a tool that you may be able to use to care for a loved one and ensure the full protection of his or her best interests. You cannot simply decide to be the guardian of a loved one or make verbal agreements, but you could take legal steps to have the necessary protections in place.

Guardianships are for individuals who are unable to care for themselves. Whether your loved one has a mental condition or is physically unable to care for themselves, it may be useful to explore what your family needs to do to ensure protection, quality care and security. 

Who or what is liable for your Texas car accident?

Even a minor car accident can leave you with seriously painful and lingering injuries. The aftermath of this type of situation is complicated as you deal with insurance, medical treatment and getting your vehicle repaired or replaced. This is all particularly frustrating if your Texas car accident was not your fault.

No one should have to suffer because of the reckless or negligent actions of another person. If you were hurt in an accident, and you do not think you are to blame, it is possible that you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party. This sounds simple, but determining fault after an accident can be quite complex.

Advice for aging Dallas drivers

Your elderly parent is likely proud of the fact that he or she still has a driver's license. Dad feels more independent knowing that he can drive himself to the store whenever he needs. Mom is hesitant to relinquish the choice to be able to visit a friend whenever she feels like it without needing to ask for a ride. Driving helps older adults feel more autonomous. As an added bonus, your elderly parent having a driver's license probably means more freedom for you as well.

However, as age increases, so does the risk of injury or even death in an automobile crash. With over 40 million drivers on the road over the age of 65 - an increase of 50 percent since 1999 -- this can be a worrying fact for adult children with aging parents.

How estate planning now may prevent problems later

Procrastination is common, and, for the most part, harmless. When it comes to preparing for your elderly loved one's future, however, procrastination can prove to be a bit more of a concern. Despite the host of reasons why early estate planning is advisable, your elderly loved one may be hesitant to begin the estate planning process because:

  • Thinking about mortality and mental incapacity is unpleasant
  • He or she believes there will always be time to do it later
  • He or she doesn't want to give up autonomy by sharing personal information with someone else
  • He or she is unsure how to divide the estate and doesn't wish to cause hurt feelings or disagreement

I cannot work after my car accident. Now what?

A car accident can change your life in an instant. In a matter of moments, you may find yourself with medical bills, catastrophic injuries and a significant amount of damage to your personal property. The consequences of such an accident go beyond your finances; they may impact your ability to work and support your family.

When a serious car accident leaves you permanently or temporarily disabled, what are your options? Not only do you need medical care and recovery from the wages you lost from missing work, you need to know how you will survive if you are unable to work for an extended period of time. If this is the situation in which you find yourself, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

When mom or dad become incapacitated, you may seek a guardianship

Watching parents age and become less able to care for themselves can be difficult go through for most adults. No one wants to see their parents this way, but it happens. When it does, whether you reside in Texas or elsewhere, it may be possible for you to seek guardianship of your elderly parent -- under the right circumstances.

Advance directives -- a way to make your wishes known

There is no telling what the future holds. So, when estate planning, one must plan for every conceivable situation. This may seem to be an impossible task. While it can take time, it is something you can work through with the assistance of an estate planning attorney.

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