Solitude or Loneliness

Angie Szumlinski News

Have you ever just thought to yourself, “boy, I would love to have my house to myself for a week?” Oh, come on, sure you have! We raised a brood of kids, have a retired spouse, entertain your grandkids and friends, but never have your house to yourself. If this isn’t you, you might not want to finish reading this …

Defibrillators

Angie Szumlinski News

Statistics have shown AEDs save lives, however, as with any medical device, they should be used with caution, and they are not without risk. In November 2022, a patient at TriStar Centennial Medical Center suffered burns to his throat, face, head, chest, and hands when a fire erupted during the use of a defibrillator. Sadly, the patient was moved to …

Heard It All?

Angie Szumlinski News

Just when I thought I had heard it all, I come across an article titled, “Toilet Seat Dermatitis Making a Comeback.” Really? I never knew it existed in the first place! According to the article, toilet seat dermatitis is one of those legendary conditions described in medical textbooks and seen in underdeveloped countries and is more common in young children. …

Nursing Home Regulations

Angie Szumlinski News

When I graduated from nursing school 40 years ago (yes, I was 3 years old), I said I would never work in a nursing home. My opinion of nursing homes was based on nothing other than rumor; they smell like urine, people sit in wheelchairs with food on their faces, everyone is tied down, you go there to die, etc. …

What’s Going On?

Angie Szumlinski News

Two residents found dead in nursing home. Three women die during heatwave at senior living facility. Nursing home cited for resident’s death related to internal bleeding. Senior living deaths over holidays due to freezing temperatures! These are just a few of the articles published in local newspapers across the country since late fall. What’s going on? Are we experiencing an …

Hip Fractures

Angie Szumlinski News

Interesting, women who are underweight and increase their protein intake by 25 grams per day can reduce their risk of hip fracture by 45% and women of average weight have a 14% lower risk! That’s incredible if you think about it! Take a look at what your female residents are consuming at mealtime. You may find, what I found with …

Zebrafish – Who Knew!

Angie Szumlinski News

Researchers from Michigan State University identified that the “love hormone,” oxytocin does more than generate pleasurable feelings, it may also help heal damage following a cardiac event! Amazing, not only is it a love hormone but it can also mend a broken heart! The study was performed using Zebrafish as they have an extraordinary capacity for regenerating organs, including brain, …

Senior woman lifting weights

Hooray!

Angie Szumlinski News

Everyone knows the benefits of exercise, we read about it, listen to podcasts about it, hear the experts talk about it, but do we do it? Most of us do not, in fact only 54% of Americans get their 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week and even fewer, 24% squeeze in the two recommended strength workouts. Why? Because if …

My Aching Head

Angie Szumlinski News

It is midnight, you are laying in bed, pitch black in the room, pillow over your head, and you can get no relief. Migraine. Ugh! Yep, many people who suffer with migraines will attest to the fact that it creeps up, grabs you, and is unrelenting. You try antispasmodic medications, pain medications, meditation, give up chocolate and red wine, and …

Ep 29: Residents with Restricted Diets – Enjoying the Holidays

Andrea Haupt Podcast

During the holidays, many residents and families of residents on a restricted diet would like permission to deviate from the diet to enjoy traditional “holiday” foods. Will a dietary waiver protect you if a negative outcome occurs as a result of such a deviation? Angie Szumlinski, HealthCap Director of Risk Managment, talks with Mary McMurry, Litigation Manager at Hamilin & Burton …