On July 27, 2023, the Rosalyn Carter Institute issued the following announcement: I am writing to share an exciting update from RCI and our partners at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Today, we are releasing a brand new toolkit to help caregivers of Veterans prepare for disasters. The toolkit, titled Prepared Caregivers: A […]

Kathleen Audia is sixty three (63) years old this year. She has been hearing impaired since childhood, and lost total hearing when she was fifty-five (55). Her primary language is American Sign Language; she does not read lips well enough to understand more than a small portion of conversations. In 2015, Kathleen fell. She had […]

On January 29, 2018, CNN reported that a British Court ruled in favor of doctors, and against parents, holding that doctors could withdraw life support for a severely disabled child. Baby Isaiah was born by emergency cesarean after his mother experienced a rupture in her uterus. At birth, he had no audible heartbeat or respiration, […]

On December 28, 2017, CNN reported the beating of an eighty-six year old man with dementia who was a resident in an assisted living facility. Apparently a younger resident accused the older gentleman of eating his cupcake. The younger resident then beat the older man more than 50 times during a two minute period. No […]

Lola Norton was a nursing home resident. After her death, her husband brought a wrongful death claim against PruittHealth – Taccoa. The alleged injuries are unimportant for purposes of this blog article. The nursing home responded to the lawsuit by showing where Kim, Lola’s daugher and agent under Lola’s power of attorney, signed an arbitration agreement. […]

A recent article in Health Affairs Blog explores the role of family caregivers in the long-term care setting. The following extract addresses some of the burdens of caregiving: “However, family caregiving can take a large financial, emotional, and physical toll on the caregiver. According to the AARP, the value of informal caregiving provided to adults […]

Caregivers of those with dementia know that decision-making is challenging. The following extract from an article addresses problems with communication. “Finster has had dementia for 10 years. She has spent most of that time in facilities with increasing levels of care, moving from an independent living facility, to assisted living to memory care. Mantua has […]

On July 5, 2016, in Doctors Hospital of Augusta v. Alicea, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 448 (2016), the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions denying a motion for summary judgment. In doing so, the Court interpreted the Georgia Advanced Directive Act, O.C.G.A. § 31-32-1 et seq., holding that it is the will of the patient […]

If you are searching for answers regarding health reform, otherwise known as Obamacare, one of the best places to look is on the Kaiser Family Foundation website. At their Frequently asked questions page (, KFF answers questions such as “Can I be charged more if I have a pre-existing condition?” ( Other more general information […]

On October 16, 2015, USA Today reported (see link below) that nursing home care could run as high as $730,000. It told the story of Randy and Mary Kaump, who care for Randy’s 97 year old monther, Janis. Janis has been a nursing home resident for four years, paying $13,000 per month. So far, she […]


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