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3 tips for celebrating the holidays in a nursing home

While you are looking forward to spending the holiday season with family and friends, it may be a little different this year. Perhaps a parent, grandparent or even a dear friend is in a nursing home this time around. You may be wondering how to celebrate the festivities in this situation. 

Observing a holiday in a senior care facility does not need to feel uneventful or sterile. Here are a few tips for having a joyful celebration with a loved one in a nursing home. 

Can injuries show up long after a car accident occurs?

Most people think that if they feel fine after a car accident, they were lucky and escaped without any injuries. While this is true in many cases, there are also some cases in which serious injuries do not show any symptoms for hours, days or even weeks after the car crash.

Injuries that do not show up immediately after a car accident are sometimes referred to as "delayed onset" injuries because symptoms show up with a delay. A common type of delayed-onset injury is the traumatic brain injury. It is important to know the typical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, so you can spot it if it ever happens to you or someone you know.

Pedestrians and the danger of quiet hybrid cars

A new study shows an alarmingly large number of pedestrians lose their lives each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, approximately 6,000 pedestrians died as a result of a car striking them. This indicates an increasing trend in the number of cars that hit people each year. 

While there are many potential reasons for this trend, there is one source of pedestrian accidents that has increased in recent years. More people than ever drive electric hybrid vehicles, which are extremely quiet. With most vehicles, someone walking or riding a bike could hear a car approaching and have some time to react accordingly. However, if a pedestrian attempts to cross a street at night, then he or she may not hear a hybrid vehicle approaching. The quietness of the vehicles can also make the driver laxer while behind the wheel. Vehicles with standard combustion engines tend to be noisier when the car travels fast, so motorists have a sense the car is well over the speed limit. With quieter vehicles, the motorist may be completely unaware of the speed of the car, which can drastically increase the severity of injuries if involved in a collision. 

What is placental abruption?

As a mother-to-be in South Carolina, you likely spend a good deal of time thinking about the health, safety and welfare of your developing baby. You also likely do everything possible to ensure that both (s)he and you have everything needed for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. No matter how careful you are, however, once you reach your third trimester, be on the lookout for placental abruption

Placental abruption is a reasonably rare but serious pregnancy complication wherein the placenta detaches from your uterine wall prematurely, thereby depriving your baby of the oxygen and nutrients (s)he needs. At this point both you and (s)he face grave danger.

When a car crash traumatically injures your brain

As we head into South Carolina’s vacation and tourist season, the number of vehicle accidents likely will increase due to the increased traffic. Sadly, many of these accidents will result in serious, possibly catastrophic, injuries to the vehicle occupants. One of the most disastrous of these is a traumatic brain injury

A TBI is an injury to your head or neck that causes your brain to move violently back and forth in your skull. Depending on the seriousness of this injury, your brain could become dysfunctional in some manner.

3 things to do if you know about nursing home abuse

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you expect the facility to provide excellent care. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. Sometimes, your worst nightmare comes true–someone you know and love becomes a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse

When you hear about or personally witness abuse in an adult care facility, you may wonder what you should do. Here are some important steps you should take if you want to report nursing home abuse

3 signs of possible nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing homes are often an important resource and immense help for adult children with one or both parents who need specialized medical care and attention. However, sometimes nursing homes commit abuses such as neglect, and in those cases, legal intervention is necessary.

Many people do not understand what constitutes nursing home abuse and neglect. It is important to understand the definition of nursing home neglect, especially if your elderly parent or loved one is living in a nursing home. Here are three signs of possible nursing home abuse and neglect. If you encounter these signs, you should investigate further to understand whether your elderly parent is a victim.

Most common signs of nursing home abuse

There are plenty of reputable nursing homes in South Carolina, and many of them have earned a Top Performing rating from U.S. News and World Report. However, regardless of how good a facility may seem, you need to remain vigilant for signs of neglect or abuse. 

Loved ones may not outright tell you they experience abuse in a nursing home, so you need to watch out for the warning signs. Do not hesitate to bring an attorney into the mix, even if you only suspect abuse. 

How safe are South Carolina freeways?

If you drive on the busy freeways that run through Greenville, South Carolina, then you know they can be quite hazardous. Greenville is a busy hub where interstate freeways I-385, I-85 and I-185 bring motor vehicles and 18-wheeler trucks into close contact 24 hours a day. 

Navigating the interstate freeways can be dangerous, especially with long-haul truckers, poor road conditions and distracted drivers. Serious injury can result. Keeping yourself safe is important. 

Driving tips for when there is snow

South Carolina gets a little bit of snow each year. Upstate South Carolina sees quite a lot of snow each year with Caesars Head State Park getting about eight inches of snow each year on average. Other cities typically see less than an inch. 

Driving in snow can be tricky, especially if you have never done it before. Even if there is only a little bit of snow on roadways, you still need to be careful. You want to avoid a collision and potential injury, so follow these handy tips. 

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