Abuse and Neglect in the Nursing Home

Putting a loved one in a nursing home can be a very emotional event. But you know that it is for the benefit of your loved one, as a nursing home is a place for care and nourishment. A nursing home has the qualified health personnel and proper medical facilities to ensure the dignified treatment for your loved one.

But there are instances where a nursing home can be place for abuse and neglect. Your loved one may sustain physical injuries, emotional issues, and psychological damages because of abusive and neglectful behaviors on the part of the nursing home staff.

As the adult, you should be the one responsible to ensure that your loved one is in a safe environment. If you get a loved one hurt in a nursing home, you might even blame yourself. The best way to avoid nursing home abuse and neglect is to know their signs.

Abuse can come in many forms, but they can generally be classified as physical and sexual. Signs of physical abuse include unexplained injuries and bloody or torn clothing. Signs of sexual abuse include reproductive or pelvic injuries and unwarranted sexually transmitted diseases.

The abuse can also have emotional and psychological effects, such as anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and intense fear, especially in the presence of a particular nursing home staff.

Neglect can also be considered a form of abuse. The most common forms of neglect are dehydration and malnutrition. Be wary of signs of dehydration and malnutrition, such as dried lips and skin and weight loss. Hygiene is another aspect that is often neglected. Be wary of hygiene problems, such as soiled clothing.

There are also instances where those who need specific medical care are neglected. If your loved one has a medical condition, make sure that he or she is receiving the right medication on time and that his or her condition is not worsening by receiving adequate treatment.

Possible Causes of Pool Leak

While sunlight, humidity and wind intensity can make your pool lose more water, the average mount of water swimming pools lose every day is about a quarter of an inch (or about 2 inches in a week).

On average, swimming pools lose about a quarter of an inch of water each day through evaporation, yet variations in wind intensity, humidity and sunlight can drastically change water loss rates; so too will backwash wastewater, excessive splash-out during use of pool, and geographic and environmental factors besides those mentioned above.

Leak is maybe the top reason why your pool is losing more water than it should. Many sources of leaks have been located at the threaded connections, which connect the pool pump to the piping system. Repairing this will prevent further damage, as well as save you money on cost of repair, equipment replacement, and down time.

Aside from the threaded connections, a swimming pool leak can also be located in its plumbing system of shell. Pool shells are built watertight. These are constructed with a very strong concrete over a steel-reinforced cage and then coated with plaster (which is made from cement and marble dust aggregate or crushed limestone) which is expected to hold water. However, like any other material, plaster and all naturally wear and tear, subjecting your pool to risk of cracks.

Because swimming pools are considered as top amenities, these also require a lot of care, maintenance and preventive repairs. Pool owners should realize that a leak will not only eventually damage their pool, but cost them big as well in water bill and repair if the damage has become worse.

There are various ways that will help you determine if your pool, indeed, has a leak. You can do it yourself using the bucket test or you can call in experts who should be able to do the job faster and neater.


One of the reasons divorce is so difficult and painful for many couples is due to the necessary division of assets. However, quite often these assets extend beyond finances and property. In the United States alone, over 1.5 million children every year feel the consequences of their parents’ divorce. While the change in home life is stressful enough for children, new research finds that the divorce itself is not what creates lasting trauma. Rather, it’s the attitude and behavior of the parents before, during, and after the proceedings that leaves a lasting impression.

Divorce, at its core, is meant to be a decision for the betterment of all parties, children included. Once two people can no longer co-parent effectively or happily, it affects the well-being and happiness of children just as much as it does the parents’. However, many parents shy away from divorce, seeing it as a cop-out or a failure to their children. While it may feel this way for many, maintaining a toxic or tense familial unit is no better.

When children are involved, custody is usually the most contentious subject within the divorce settlement. Ultimately, the goal of custody arrangements is to protect the well-being of the children. According to the website of Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler, modern divorce proceedings rely strongly on the emotional, physical, and mental fitness of each parent to determine a custody arrangement. However, this is only the case in litigated divorce proceedings, meaning that the divorcing couple is going about the process of gaining custody in an adversarial manner. In the event that the couple is able to partake in a mediated divorce, they can come to a decision amongst themselves to present to a judge. This method generally fosters more discussion and compromise and leads to a custody arrangement that favors both the parents and the children.


Looking back: The Firestone-Ford controversy

Rollover accounts for a majority of road-related incidents in the country. According to the website of the lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.,® rollovers could be a result of almost anything: a defective tire, poor road condition, defectively manufactured car suspension components, and driver negligence. Whatever the cause of a rollover might be, it could be life-changing for the victims, and may even be tragic for some.

In August 2000, incidences of rollover caused two closely-knitted companies, tire manufacturer Firestone and automaker giant Ford, to part ways in a somewhat bitter manner. The issue started when Firestone initiated the recall of 6.5 million of its tires, most of which had been mounted to Ford Explorer – Ford’s most profitable car unit during those times. The recall was made after the company learned about tire tread separation, triggering road accidents such as rollovers.

But the move did not significantly curb road incidents across the country. In fact, by 2001, rollover incidents involving Ford Explorer mounted with Firestone tires climbed to more than 200! Firestone said that there’s something about Ford units that makes them more prone to rollover crashes. In retaliation, the automaker giant promised that it will remove all Firestone tires equipped on their Ford Explorers, totaling 13 million tires, all at their own expense.

The two decided to end their partnership in a curiously distasteful way. The two giants of the auto industry had a century-long supply relationship before Firestone vowed not to enter into any agreement with Ford in 2001. Harvey Samuel Firestone and Henry Ford were personal friends, and they were even connected more closely in a marriage with their grandchildren, William Clay Ford, Sr. and Martha Parke Firestone.

Until now, nothing is really clear about who’s at fault. That’s why the website advises car owners to have their vehicles secured with an insurance that could cover for any untoward incidences, such as property damage and bodily injury. Most importantly, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® recommends inspecting your car for any defects before hitting the road is always a wise, reliable way to keep rollover accidents at bay.

Why you should start thinking mobile first!

In an era where connectivity is the new currency, nothing connects us best to everything than our smartphones. Whether you are spending some idle time in the comfort of your home or on the go somewhere far, your mobile phone is your way to connect and interact with the world. That’s why advertisers and marketers choose to go mobile first, for increased product recall and brand awareness.

Recent studies suggest that 78% of Facebook users and 60% of Twitter users in the U.S. are on mobile. This means that the mobile platform could be your key in increasing product awareness. Mobile advertising can be so effective that 41% of Facebook’s revenue comes from mobile advertisements alone.

And this advertising medium is not limited to certain industries. In fact, more and more sectors are beginning to realize how helpful mobile marketing is for their business. For instance, many law firms now benefit from the connectivity legal apps for attorneys provide. Now, potential clients will never have to worry about documenting accident data and capturing photos during an injurious car-related incident.

But what makes a mobile site or app stand out? Here are the two most important things that your potential clients must be probably looking for in your mobile website:


Smartphones don’t have the luxury of desktop screens. So you have to be precise on what you want to say. Go for shorter but wittier call-to-actions. Use prominent buttons with shorter action words. Your content should also be published in a font that’s highly visible, but not too large to be truncated.


One of the greatest mistakes that a mobile site could do is to leave its potential clients hanging. After talking about how well your brand is to your customers, now what? Should they view your video? Click buy? Subscribe to your newsletter? Whatever it is that you want your potential clients to do on their end, make sure that your mobile site is as interactive as it can possibly get.

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