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Jessica Smagacz

Patient Went Missing in Georgia Nursing Home

Yesterday a patient at the Meadowbrook Nursing Home went missing in the morning. The patient was a 65 year old with Alzheimer’s.
Darden, last seen around 8:30 a.m. was eventually found…

Jessica Smagacz

Studies Show Non-Profit Nursing Homes Provide Better Quality Care

Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published an article on non-profit nursing homes. According to Canadian researchers, non-profit nursing homes provide better care than for-profit nursing homes….

Jessica Smagacz

Do you know how to find a suitable Nursing Home for your Parent?

There comes a time when many of us will need to evaluate the living needs of our parents. In some situations, our parents will need to be placed in a nursing home.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

M. Brandon Smith

Stage 4 Bed Sore (Decubitus Ulcer)

The final stage in the bed sore classification system is stage 4. In a stage 4 bed sore, the most serious and advanced stage, almost all skin has been lost in the affected area and a very deep wound has occurred. The would itself has extended through the muscles, tendons, organs, and/or bones. Stage 4 bed sores, also termed decubitus ulcers, almost always require surgical intervention to remove…

M. Brandon Smith

Stage 3 Bed Sore

A stage 3 bedsore is typically denoted by a serious break down of the skin in which the wound itself protrudes all levels of the skin including the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and the dermis (inner most or deep part of the skin). A stage 3 bed sore usually involves a crater like wound where immense tissue damage and infection has occurred. A stage 3 bed sore demands prompt attention…

M. Brandon Smith

Stage 2 Bed Sore

As previously noted, bed sores or pressure sores as they are often called, are classified in one of four stages. A stage 2 bed sore is usually denotes that some form of skin loss has occurred and presents as an open would in the skin. A stage two bed sore is typically described as a blister or abrasion in the skin that has become infected due to prolonged pressure on that specific part of the…

M. Brandon Smith

Stage 1 Bed Sore

Bed sores are generally defined by one of four stages. A stage 1 bed sore is the most common form of bed sore and can be usually be resolved by relieving the pressure on the affected area. A stage 1 bed sore usually appears as a red or pink area on the skin that remains that color even when pressed with a finger or hand. The skin is still completely intact, but is generally painful, itchy or…

M. Brandon Smith

Bed Sore Prevention

Bed sores, in most all cases, are preventable. Bed sores only arise after the blood supply is cut off on a specific part of the body for an extended period of time. Because bed sores only occur when the proper measures and treatments have not been followed, no one should develop a bedsore, especially a nursing home or hospital patient. In order to prevent a bed sore, the following things at a…

M. Brandon Smith

What Is A Bed Sore?

A bed sore is an area of skin and tissue that has been damaged due to prolonged pressure on a specific area of the body. A bed sore is an area of skin and tissue that has been damaged due to prolonged pressure on a specific area of the body. Typically bed sores, or pressure sores as they are sometimes called, result in situations where a person is in a seated or still position for an extended…

M. Brandon Smith

Selecting The Right Nursing Home-It Can Make A Big Difference

Deciding whether to place a family member or a loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility can be a very stressful time if you do not know where to find all the information you need to make the best possible decision. Many people simply rely on what other people say and think about specific nursing homes when making their decision to place a loved one there. While this may be a good…