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Steve Goodman is an award winning writer with over 30 years of experience, specializing in medical and health related content. While studying journalism and communications, Mr. Goodman obtained practical knowledge of medicine and medical terminology working as a Paramedic in New York City. Steve is currently working as a Project Editor and Ghostwriter for the Health and Medical division of Forbes Advantage Books. Mr. Goodman’s work has appeared on broadcast networks such as PBS and Discovery, and featured in national magazines and peer reviewed journals. As the senior producer for the television series Living With... hosted by Dr. Arnot, and a regular contributor to WebMD and Life Extension magazine, he is quite familiar with writing on specific disease conditions, medical breakthroughs, and the use and efficacy of both natural and traditional medications and medical procedures. Mr. Goodman possesses a particular expertise in taking complex medical concepts and making them accessible to the lay audience. Recently, he has specialized in producing content on Anti-aging medicine, evidence based complementary and alternative practices, and the benefits of testosterone and growth hormone replacement therapies. He possesses an impressive body of work on these subject matters that includes print, web, and video content.

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    Sadly, abuse of patients in long-term care facilities is not only frequent, it is accepted as merely “part of the landscape”.

    My brother is in a care facility in Phoenix. He is visited by family at least 2 or 3 times a week. The facility gets over $5,000/month from the state for his care. For that amount ($60,000) one would expect adequate care, at the very least.

    Instead, I have frequently found him looking like a homeless person. He’s wearing soiled clothes, his breath is rank because he doesn’t brush, his hair is greasy, he’s unshaven and he smells. Often the clothes he’s wearing aren’t even his. Most of his very nice, brand-new clothes have gone missing (incredible, since they all have his name on them).

    Anything nice in his room disappears. The brand-new electric toothbrush we bought him is gone, as is the toothpaste and dental rinse we got him. Probably why his teeth are gray and his breath stinks. Staff was informed of his previous heart infection brought on by a deep cleaning and asked to help him with his oral hygiene. No such luck.

    After reporting such incidents, I get a polite “we’ll look into it” but nothing gets resolved. Or, I get the equivalent of a shrug: “it happens”.

    Since becoming my brother’s POA, I’ve had to become very familiar with the long-term care industry, Social Security, and Medicare. In my opinion, the United States is not prepared for the tidal wave of baby boomers who are now aging and requiring care of this nature. As we approach the largest group of boomers it’s going to be near epidemic proportions.

    The opportunistic have already hopped on the bandwagon, putting up very expensive facilities. Older facilities are also reaping huge profits as they charge a lot of money for very little care.

    We need legislation, laws, and oversight to assure our loved ones are cared for so they can live like human beings. And we need it NOW.

    If you are considering putting a family member in a long-term care facility do the following, at a minimum:

    1) go to your state’s health and human services web page and look up the facility you are considering. All states are required to do inspections of such facilities. Find out what the results of those inspections were. If there were any findings or citations, how were they resolved?

    2) visit the facility unannounced. Check out the grounds, the employees and any residents you see. Do they look happy?

    3) After dropping in without notice, set up a tour with your family member (if possible). Many facilities will let you join them for a complimentary meal.

    When your loved one moves into a facility:

    1) take inventory of EVERY personal item and take photos.

    2) use a Sharpie and write their name on all of their items (clothing, toiletry items, etc).

    3) visit often

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    Regine Kern

    Woman in coma delivers baby. If this woman “has largely normally functioning organs”, the nurses who attend to her must have noticed the absence of her monthly period and the fact that her abdomen became somewhat larger. I suppose that other women reading this story will be wondering the same questions, as well as the numerous medical specialists who are investigating the case at different levels.

    My other question is that of the baby: is it a boy or a girl? perhaps this is not disclosed yet. Is he/she of normal weight, height, without apparent abnormality?
    What is going to happen to that unfortunate child if the mother never wakes up from her coma?

    Of course, these questions and more will be answered as the investigation proceeds and DNA and other results are known. My compassion goes to Mother and Baby. Courage to Nurses and Staff who attend to them. God bless them all!

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    Regine Kern

    Woman in coma delivers a baby. In my previous comment, I questioned whether it is a boy or a girl I just read it again and the articles says it is a boy. I am sorry for my error. If you published my comments, can you please erase that question; I let you manage my article the best you think. Thank you.


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