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Did nursing home elopement place your parent in danger?

Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking days in your recent memory is the day you took your mother or father to live in a Texas nursing home. You knew at that point your parent's Alzheimer's or dementia was beyond your ability to manage, and you could no longer keep your loved one safe while tending to your own family obligations.

What you never expected was that your loved one would be able to walk out of the nursing home and off the property without anyone on staff noticing. Whether the event ended happily with your parent's safe return or tragically with your loved one suffering injury or death, you have the right to answers.

Protect your elderly parent by choosing the right long-term care

As your parents age, you may take on more responsibility for their care and well-being. In doing so, it may be up to you to choose the right long-term care for him or her. You may find this a daunting task due to the stories and media coverage you may have heard or seen regarding elder abuse and neglect.

In making your decision, it may help to understand what choices you have. The type of facility your parent ends up in largely depends on the level of care he or she needs.

Is your loved one a victim of elder fraud?

As your loved one gets older, you may be noticing signs of poor judgment. This is certainly upsetting, and you may do your best to shield him or her from any decisions that would cause harm. However, you may also be noticing signs that something is wrong with your loved one's finances.

It is not unusual for senior citizens to fall prey to fraud. In fact, some studies show as many as one in nine elderly citizens report being victims of some kind of abuse or exploitation, and even more feel they may be victims of fraud. These unconscionable actions upon the most vulnerable members of society can have physical and emotional effects as well as devastating financial consequences.

Can technology stop wrong-way drivers?

Even though only a handful of deaths each year are due to accidents involving wrong-way drivers, you may agree that the loss of life is unacceptable. For years, law enforcement and government officials have been attempting to reduce the number of these accidents.

Lately, some places have been using technology to keep people from getting onto the highway going the wrong direction. If they do get past the warning signs, other drivers and law enforcement officials receive notice of the driver. The hope is that drivers like you can get out of the way and police can stop the vehicle before the worst happens.

Deadly antipsychotic drugs make work easier for nursing home

Placing your loved one in a nursing home was not an easy decision. You may have tried as long as possible to be available to help your loved one at home, or perhaps you even moved him or her into your own home. However, if your loved one suffers from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, the situation likely became increasingly difficult to manage.

Whether it was an overload of little details or one terrifying moment that made you realize you were not qualified to provide the kind of care your loved one needed, you gave every effort to finding a facility that seemed staffed and capable to protect your family member. Since then, you may be noticing unsettling changes in your loved one, and it is not something you should dismiss too easily.

Is your parent receiving enough to eat in a nursing home?

When you chose a nursing home for your aging parent, you probably felt that you did your due diligence and you were putting him or her in the best environment possible. You counted on the staff to provide your loved one with the care he or she needs in order to remain comfortable and possibly even thrive in the environment.

Of course, you probably didn't expect your parent to be running marathons thanks to the nursing home, but you probably didn't expect him or her to lose weight, look weak or otherwise appear malnourished. After all, food should not be a concern in today's society, especially for elderly individuals whose nutrition makes a difference in their overall health.

1 of the biggest threats to nursing home residents is falling

Getting older presents a completely new set of challenges for Texas residents. At some point, they may require more care than their families can provide. At that point, families do what they can to find a nursing home they believe will provide their loved one with the care he or she needs.

If this is the position you are in, you may have done some research regarding how to identify when your aging family member may suffer neglect or abuse by the nursing home staff since it seems to be in the news more often than you would like. Bedsores, malnutrition and poor hygiene may be obvious causes, but you may also want to consider falling an indication that something is wrong as well.

Understanding power of attorney may help with elder law issues

It's never easy to watch your parents enter the final years of their lives. If you're like many adult children in Texas, you try your best to provide support and care to them as needed. Beyond the emotional bonds you have with your parents, however, it can be quite challenging to address the various elder law issues that may arise as you help them get their finances and estate in order so they can live out their golden years with as little stress as possible.   

Your parents may ask you to serve in numerous legal capacities, such as executor of their estate or under a particular power of attorney. The latter is an often-misunderstood term that can create complications (or disputes) if one does not seek legal clarification. If your mother or father wishes to designate you as a power of attorney in his or her Texas estate plan, it's unwise to accept the responsibility if you do not clearly and fully understand the obligations and responsibilities inherent in your acceptance.  

Is someone responsible for your loved one's UTI?

Your loved one's stay in a Texas hospital may have been brief, but within days of returning to the nursing home, he or she began to complain of pain and discomfort. Before you knew it, the nursing home staff called an ambulance to take your parent back to the hospital, this time to fight to stay alive.

As common as urinary tract infections are in the elderly, there is no excuse for an elder care medical team to miss the signs that your loved one was in distress. If your loved one suffered serious injury or died as a result of an unchecked urinary tract infection, you have every right to want answers.

Texas sees too many serious and fatal car accidents

In an effort to improve road safety, the state of Texas keeps records regarding the number of serious and fatal accidents that occur every year. The numbers for 2017 have yet to be released. Here is hoping that 2017 saw fewer car accidents than it did in 2016. 

So, how bad was it in 2016? What does the state believe is behind all of these accidents? Can victims of these auto collisions or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members seek monetary damages for any losses suffered?

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