Posts by Yarberry

3 Things to for in a Nursing Home

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The decision to put our loved ones into a nursing home is never an easy one. It can be sad to see our loved ones, especially our parents, grow old. After making that already hard decision, we’re faced with another: what nursing home should entrust with the care of the ones we love the most? There are so many nursing homes touting their services as the best on the market — how can we actually know who is telling the truth?

Many people who decide to put their loved ones in nursing homes speak about how difficult it was to find the best place for said loved one. Most of us have never had to make that type of decision before, especially for the person who took care of us during our entire lives, so we often have no idea of what to look for.

To solve that issue, I decided to compile a list of what you should look for when looking for a nursing home. Hopefully, when it comes time to make important decisions regarding the futures of your loved ones, it will come in handy.

Location

Just because your loved one is living in a nursing home doesn’t mean you won’t be able to visit them from time to time. In fact, frequent visits will help them better transition to this new stage in their lives. Don’t forget to consider location when scoping our potential nursing homes. Keep in mind how long it will take you and your family to commute to their new place, and also what is located around the nursing home. You’ll want to pick somewhere where there is plenty to do — to keep both your family and your loved one occupied.

History

While it may be awkward to ask at first, make sure to inquire about any possible violations a nursing home may have received. The administration’s willingness to speak about these violations is important, but what’s even more important is how then nursing home has corrected these violations.

These violations may be minor — such as incorrect placement of an appliance — or something severe like theft from residents or fraud, according to Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C. Severe violations are extreme red flags and something you should definitely try to avoid

Services Available

This may seem a bit obvious, but the services a home can offer your loved one are very important to consider. Most specifically, you should keep the unique needs of your loved one in mind. For example, if they are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important for them to have care tailored to memory loss conditions available at the nursing home. You should make sure to ask about your loved one’s unique needs when you are touring — no matter how many questions you have.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good springboard for when you decided to make some decisions. I hope it helps you select the perfect nursing home for your loved one!

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Injury and Retirement Benefits

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It seems like there are a lot of jobs that come with a high risk of injury. From welders to construction workers, there’s no shortage of ways to become injured on the job. Of course, more people get injured at home than at work. Each year, emergency rooms are filled with people who have fallen at home or had another injury so debilitating that they had to miss work.

When this happens, it’s incredibly stressful for the person who is supposed to be recovering. Medical bills pile up fast, and losing a steady paycheck can quickly cause an immense strain on someone.

The good news is that this doesn’t necessarily have to ruin a person. There are systems in place to help those who are disabled and unable to work as a result of their injuries.

One common way for disabled people to receive benefits is by applying for Disabled Worker Benefits. This is the most common form of Social Security assistance that requires the help of an attorney. You might also hear of these being referred to as DIB, SSDI, or RSDI.

Another type of insurance is Supplemental Security Income or SSI. If someone is blind, disabled, or of a certain age, they likely meet the criteria to apply for these benefits. Additionally, children under 18 may qualify is they have a mental or physical condition.

The above benefits are mainly for those who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from working. Retired Worker Benefits pays retired citizens. They can receive full benefits if they worked until they are 70 years old or partial benefits if they only worked until the age of 62.

Furthermore, the loved ones of deceased workers may also be eligible to receive benefits. If a child, parent, or spouse has died, Social Security Benefits may go to their surviving family member.

While this is all great news, it’s important to remember that the process of applying and being accepted for benefits is long and complicated. Aside from the mountains of paperwork, disabled worker applying for benefits will almost always be asked to undergo thorough medical examinations to prove that their disabilities are severe enough to prevent them from working. Lawrence & Associates can help walk the worker through this.

A disability lawyer will work around the clock to help submit the paperwork and make sure that the clinical evaluation will help you rather than hurt you. In addition, these lawyers know just how tightly stretched someone recovering from an injury is, and that’s why you won’t have to pay out of pocket for their services.

Vocational experts and disability evaluation doctors will often fight on behalf of the company, and they will try to deny that injuries and disabilities are bad enough to permanently displace a worker. Hiring a Social Security lawyer guarantees that the worker will always have somebody on their sides. Before trying to tackle the process of applying for benefits on your own, reach out to an attorney who will go to bat for you.

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Living in Ocala

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a lot of things that I like about Ocala, Florida now that I’ve moved here.  There is a lot more natural lighting than where I’m originally from, and I spend most of my days surrounded by some sort of greenery.  It’s not a place that most people would consider a “destination location,” but so far, I like it just fine.

Or, I did like it, at least.  That was before I got into my accident.  When I moved here, even though it was for work, I expected at least some of the relaxation that people usually associate with moving to a new place.  But, through no fault of my own, most of what I’ve currently seen of Florida has been in a hospital room.

I thought I would drown in debt.  As I was resting from my injury, all I could think about was how much everything was going to cost, how much work I was missing, and how long recovery would take. Even though I had already been separated from my family, friends, and my life before, I never felt so alone.

I didn’t know a lot about this lawyer stuff.  I clicked through hundreds of sites. But Glover Law Firm is the only one that really made any effort.  They talked to me like I was a person – not like I was just another case.  Especially for someone who doesn’t know a lot about law … and for someone who never expected to find themselves in this situation … it really made a difference to be comforted and to know that I was being taken care of.

Attorney Gordon Glover answered all the questions that I had and assured me that he would only be compensated upon my own monetary reward.  He was confident enough that he could help me that he wasn’t going to be paid unless I was. I felt so despondent after my accident. It truly felt like it was me against the world, but Gordon Glover changed that.  Not only has he helped me realize that I could not let someone else’s negligence harm me further than it already had, but, because of him, I’ve also had more time to focus on my recovery. My case would not have been the same if it wasn’t for his help.

Beyond all of that, however, I feel like after I contacted the Glover Law Firm, I gained understanding.  So much of law can be inaccessible to people like me who never had to consider it before their accident. It could be so overwhelming, to scan website after website to find out what I could do with my situation.  Attorney Glover was there for every question I had. He went over all the specifics of my case, and I really felt like I was working with a team. Not all the lawyers I contacted were so forthcoming. Attorney Glover is experienced, and it shows.

If you’ve been in an accident, I really encourage to stop looking at all the wrong lawyers and go with Attorney Glover instead.  He’s been so helpful to me, and I know he can be helpful to you as well.

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What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Gastro Care | 0 comments

This past March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, as this article describes. I did not know much about this type of cancer, so as someone with interest in healthcare, I decided to do a little research on colorectal cancer in honor of the awareness month.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is an umbrella term that covers colon cancer and rectum cancer. If cancer starts in the colon, it is called colon cancer, and the same is true for the rectum and rectum cancer. Like all types of cancer, colorectal cancer starts when cells in the body grow out of control.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States, excluding skin cancer. It is estimated that in 2018, there will be about 100,000 new cases of colon cancer, and about 45,000 new cases of rectal cancer. Also in 2018, it is estimated that colorectal cancer will cause about 50,000 deaths. For men, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1/22, which is marginally higher than the risk for women. This type of cancer is correlated with age, other colon problems, family history of the disease, and Type-2 diabetes.

However, even though colorectal cancer is so deadly and common, there continue to be positive developments in treatment. These developments are largely encouraged by educational and informative events, much like Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, as described in the article. This same article explains that colorectal cancer is highly treatable if detected early. This is because if caught early, it is likely that the cancer has spread to other regions in the body.

Colorectal cancer can be detected through several screening procedures, including colonoscopies, virtual colonoscopies, stool DNA tests, and sigmoidoscopies. The point is, if colorectal cancer is found early through one of the above screening procedures, the chances of effective treatment are significantly increased. The article recommends undertaking frequent screening procedures.

In addition to the screening procedures, having a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The article recommends maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. It also suggests refraining from smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

Because of events like Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the research and scientific understanding of this devastating type of cancer continues to improve. Scientific studies are looking at ways to prevent, detect, and treat colorectal cancer. In fact, it is estimated that there are over 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States alone. Additionally, the article explained that about nine in every ten people who discover and treat colorectal cancer in its early stages are still alive five years later. These statistics and the advancements in research and technology are very encouraging for a type of cancer that is so common and so severe.

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A Few Reasons to Visit Oklahoma

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Car accidents, Motor vehicle accident attorney, Motor vehicle accidents | 0 comments

What is there to love about Oklahoma? I’ve gotten that question a few times recently, and I always tell the person asking that they need to rephrase. Because the truth is, what is there NOT to love about Oklahoma?

Most people not from around here end up with a really vague idea of what Oklahoma actually is. There’s a little of Oklahoma the Musical (O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!), mixed together with the Oklahoma City bombing, mixed together with fans for the Thunder. And that’s about it.

People think this place is empty and boring. And that’s because, if they’ve been here at all, they’ve just driven the interstate across as fast as they could go.

But here’s the thing, people, Oklahoma is awesome.

There’s beautiful nature all around you. There are lakes and waterfalls and all sorts of incredible scenery. That emptiness in parts leads to some incredible views where you can feel like you’re the only person in the world. I dare anyone to check out the Talimena Scenic Drive and tell me there’s nothing worth seeing in Oklahoma.

We also manage to still get all the seasons, which if you’re from Texas, you ought to envy us for.

We’ve also got great food. I’ll never understand why Oklahoma doesn’t get the same kind of credit for barbecue that other places in the country get, but we certainly could compete with the best of them.

Our cities really ought to be listed among the best as well. Oklahoma City manages to feel both like the big city and like a friendly little town. You get the best of both worlds there. You feel safe on every street, but there’s also all the benefits of city life all around you: there’s art and culture, nice looking buildings, some history, and of course, great food everywhere you look.

And it’s cheap here! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people complain about how much it costs to live in Houston or Dallas when they could be living in OKC for so much less.

And then there are the people. I’ve traveled a bit—not as much as I’d like to, but a bit—and I’ve never found a place where people are so friendly. Even in the cities. It’s not like New York or something where people are always frowning and no one makes eye contact. You genuinely feel like everyone here is already a friend. You can stop anyone on the street and ask a question, and you’ll get a smile and a good answer in return. Guaranteed.

I’m not saying we don’t have our problems. We haven’t been spared from the prescription drug abuse crisis. And there are more car accidents that you’d expect from a somewhat sparsely populated state.

But even with that taken into consideration, I’d still say Oklahoma is among the best places in the country to live. So why not at least visit?

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