13 Nursing Home Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

It’s hard to admit, but sadly true: almost all of us know someone who had a bad experience with a nursing home.

Whether they – or their loved ones – were neglected or just treated poorly by staff, we all want to avoid the same experience when we pick a home ourselves.

Maybe you’re choosing a home for yourself, or for a vulnerable family member. Or maybe you’re just worried about how someone you know is being treated.

No matter what your concern is, you can spot warning signs of an unsafe nursing or care home.

Here are 13 red flags to look out for:

They’re called “rest homes” for a reason.

In most cases, a noisy care facility is a sign of a chaotic environment. Shouting patients or staff, constant P.A. announcements, and other loud interruptions are all signs of more serious problems.

A loud environment can also be aggravating for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, which will only create more problems for staff and patients.

During a tour of a rest home, the building’s administrators should be on site, and be able to take a few moments to speak with you.

The presence of the person in charge keeps a facility running smoothly. And the last thing you want is to play telephone tag with someone who is always out of their office when you’re trying to check on your relative.

Good food and friendly patients are important qualities for a home.Ann / Flickr

Care homes are not hospitals. Your family should be able to visit you any day of the week, join you for activities, and even check on you in the middle of the night if they’re concerned.

Any facility that tries to put limits on the time your family spends with you is questionable.

If your relative has been staying in a home for some time, but lately the quality of their care has gone down sharply, it might be time to consider moving.

A change in administrators, staff, or procedures can have a serious effect on a patient’s health.

If your first choice just doesn’t cut it anymore, don’t be afraid to start looking for somewhere new.

Before you leave a relative in a nursing home, it pays to sample the food they’ll be eating and ask questions about it.

Would you serve it to your own family? Are there snacks available between meals? Are there options that suit everyone’s taste?

Be on the lookout for signs of malnutrition or dehydration, including tiredness and irritability. You are what you eat, so expect the best for your relatives.

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Baby’s First Bath With Father Leaves Everyone Surprised

Baby's First Bath With Father Leaves Everyone Surprised

Being a new parent is so exciting. You get to experience this world you’re used to with brand new eyes.

You relish every single one of their first times, hoping to record all your child’s early milestones so that you can one day you can watch them together and reminisce.

My daughter’s first bath felt as special as the first time she walked. The way she surveyed the bath water, and watched the ripples with her big hazel eyes will never fade from my memory.

She still loves water today, and has been a professional lifeguard for a few years now. I can’t help but think that it all started with the first time I held in her the bathtub while I gently rinsed her body.

Although I didn’t get the chance to record my daughter decades ago, one mother did.

She was worried about her baby’s first bathtub experience and how they would react. But one thing is for certain, she’ll never regret recording it…

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In the video below, the father cradles his beloved infant. While he’s speaking gently to his baby, both parents notice how their little one is flapping their hands in the water, trying to swim.

Ripples start forming around the child as the baby looks around wide-eyed with excitement.

The little one felt so relaxed that they were about to sleep! Also, how adorable was that sneeze at the end?!

What a beautiful moment between a father and his baby!

How did your children react the first time you gave them a bath?

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Man Was Told He’d Never Walk Again, When He Stepped Into His American Idol Audition Everyone Was Crying

When David Francisco walked onto the American Idol audition stage, there was no sign that the Knoxville, Tennessee native was even slightly nervous.

After 15 seasons of the singing competition show, we thought we had seen it all, but the singers and their life stories continue to inspire us all.

Now on the 16th season, David had to impress judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry. His story and his breathtaking performance brought them to tears.

But before he sat down to sing, David had a story to share as to why he’s walking with crutches.

A couple years ago, David was hit by a car that ran a red light. Doctors told him that he would never walk again because he suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed waist down.

“I thought everything was over. Music’s over. Relationships are over. I cried every single day for months,” he said. But as time went by, he was able to slightly move his legs, and worked hard to keep them strong. “I don’t take anything for granted now.”

Then came a letter from a friend, and that changed the course of his life…

O.J. Simpson Says He Bears No Relation To Khloe Kardashian, But Many People Aren’t Convinced

The biggest celebrity news in the past couple weeks is that Khloe Kardashian is expecting a girl and O.J. Simpson has finally confessed to the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

As both of these individuals are making headlines once again, the rumor mill is bringing back a question that surfaced decades ago: Is Simpson Khloe’s biological father?

Simpson even publicly addressed that he has no connection with the reality star, despite their resemblance.

“I don’t think for me, I have nothing to do with it,” Simpson told TMZ. “I would be proud … but trust me, I had nothing to do with it.”

O.J. Simpson doesn’t have the greatest record for telling the truth, so die-hard Kardashian fans are still speculating about the authenticity of his claim.

The disgraced former football player has five of his own children, all of who don’t even bear a slight resemblance to the Kardashian, but there seems to be a lot of circumstantial evidence out there that may gave us clues to understanding both sides of the argument.

Here’s how the rumors got started, and it might leave you questioning everything by the end…

Judge Rules On Who Gets Charles Manson’s Body, But His Assets Are Still Up For Grabs

It has been four months since notorious cult leader Charles Manson passed away, yet his name continues to make headlines.

Manson spent more than 40 years behind bars for a series of murders. He was the leader of a cult called “Manson Family” in the 1960s, who gained infamy for the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others.

When the 83-year-old man died from cardiac arrest on November 19th, multiple people surfaced, what seemed like out of nowhere, to compete for the right to Manson’s estate.

The problem here was that Manson didn’t leave a will before he died, so his corpse, estate, and all his lucrative assets were up for grabs.

Multiple friends claimed to own Manson’s will, but none of them held up in court.

Many people have been fighting over the right to Manson’s assets, including his longtime pen pal Michael Channels, a musician named Matt Lentz, who claims to be the murderer’s son, and Jason Freeman, who turned out to be Manson’s biological grandson.

Those three are the main parties involved, but Rebecca Evans, Matthew Roberts, and Michael Brunner also argue they are Manson’s biological children and have tried to take the place of next of kin.

After a lengthy legal battle, Kern County Superior Judge Alisa Knight made a decision…

Woman’s Selfie Showing What Tanning Beds Did To Her Face Goes Viral

Tanning beds and booths have come with health warnings for as long as I can remember.

It’s common knowledge that a large amount of UV radiation can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.

The same kids who lather coconut oil on their skin during a hot summer’s day are usually the same ones who spend hundreds of dollars at tanning salons.

According to SkinCancer, “people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”

But no matter how many times we warn young girls to avoid these danger zones, it seems like the short term benefit of getting that beautiful glow outweighs the long term reality of developing a serious skin condition.  

Three years ago, Tawny Dzierzek was 27 years old when she shared a selfie of her tanning scars on social media.

“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like … Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up,” she wrote in her Facebook post’s caption.

After years of tanning, Mallory Lubbock confessed she did see graphic images like Tawny’s on the internet, but thought, “Oh, that’ll never happen to me.” But it did, and now she has a powerful message for everyone who doesn’t think twice before they get that fake glow:

Figure Skating Pair Thrill Crowd With A Rare But Spectacular Dance

Let’s get this out of the way: I can’t skate. Growing up, my parents weren’t into winter sports, so my time on the ice was limited to school field trips and the occasional ice rink in my neighborhood.

I recently went to the ice rink with a group of friends and I promptly fell on my bum several times. Luckily they were patient enough with my lack of skill, but I think I’ll postpone my next skating adventure.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good figure skating routine. During the Winter Olympics, I was in awe over the world’s most talented figure skaters and ice dancers. Their routines were impeccableand I truly thought they all deserved gold.  

But the Olympics aren’t the only time we’re wowed by brilliant skaters.

Scottish ice skaters John and Sinead Kerr are a brother-sister duo who have participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. They’re also are two-time European bronze medalists and the 2004–2010 British national champions.

While they retired in 2011, videos of their spectacular performances still live on in videos that are available for us to still watch today.

This includes a rare routine many skaters choose to avoid. Known for their freestyle dancing, they hired a professional choreographer to help them craft their most awe-worthy routine.

The duo performed their unique routine at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden and dressed in traditional Scottish garb. While they had risky tricks in their Scottish routine, they persevered, never missing a beat.

At one point Sinead is flipped upside down as her brother skates along the rink. There are plenty of hops involved, and the crowd rightfully went nuts.

Watch the video for yourself and be inspired by their skilled performance:

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What was the most impressive figure skating routine you’ve ever seen?

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Jimmy Kimmel Admits He And His Wife ‘Didn’t Want To Get Too Close’ To Their Son

Following the birth of their son, Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, decided they “didn’t want to get too close” to him after he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.

During the firs two months of his life, the couple’s second child, Billy, underwent emergency open-heart surgery when he was only three days old, which was followed by a second operation last December.

During the opening monologue of his talk show, he tearfully said that his son’s “pulmonary valve was completely blocked and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart” when he was born.

Last month, Kimmel, 50, made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show, where he discussed the complications of caring for a sick child. It was there Ellen DeGeneres surprised her friend by getting a hospital room – where Billy was cared for – named after him.

“You’re such a great guy, and that was so emotional to see you go through that,” DeGeneres said. “We called our friends at Children’s Hospital LA, including Billy’s surgeon. We have named one of the rooms of the Heart Institute floor in honor of Billy.”

In an interview for O Magazine, the father-of-four candidly spoke about his 11-month-old son’s illness and the brief detachment he and his wife experienced with Billy. Unbeknownst to the couple, they had both been feeling the same heart-wrenching emotions.

Try These Avocado Pickles on Your Next Sandwich

Here’s a new recipe to try when it comes to pickling….Avocado pickles! Not only are avocado’s a super food, but they’re absolutely delicious on fresh made sandwiches. Give the recipe a try today and rest assure they will stay nice and fresh in your refrigerator up to 1 month. Enjoy!

  • 4 firm avocados
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  1. In a medium pot combine together water, vinegar, mustard seeds, salt, sugar, peppercorns, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Stir until sugar and salt dissolves, then remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Peel and slice avacados, then place into a large mason jar.
  4. Fill jar with cooled mixture and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 1 month.
  5. Enjoy!

Lucky Charms Cheesecake Is Magically Delicious

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There’s nothing like a big bowl of Lucky Charms cereal to remind me of being a kid again. There is just something about having colorful marshmallows for breakfast that gets me excited, although it could just be the sugar rush. Anyway, great news for all the Lucky Charms loving adults, we have CAKE!

This amazingly easy Lucky Charms Cheesecake pairs a classic dessert with one my secret favorite breakfast treats. Whip this up just in time for St Patrick’s day and enjoy this magically delicious treat!

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • Pinch salt

FOR THE CHEESECAKE & TOPPING:

  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows for garnish
  1. Lightly grease a 9″ round springform pan and set aside.
  2. Add Lucky Charms into a large bowl.
  3. Melt the marshmallows, butter and salt together over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and add the hot marshmallow mixture to the cereal and coat completely. Pour the coated cereal in the greased pan and pack and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides to form a crust.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Add in the marshmallow fluff until combined, and then fold in the Cool Whip. Spread the marshmallow cheesecake mixture into the crust smoothing an even layer.Refrigerate until set.
  6. To serve, decorate with some added cool whip and garnish with a few ‘Lucky Charm’s!

Bus Full Of Children Crashes On The Way Back From Disney World, Multiple Casualties Reported

At least one person was killed when a bus filled with multiple students crashed into a ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama.

There were 45 passengers from the high school’s band on board, and 20 have been taken to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries. One person is reported dead.

The company that owned the bus used, First Class Tours, released a statement, where they confirmed the driver had died.

“Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time. We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation,” the statement read.

According to WKRG-TV, this is the fourth crash the bus company had been involved in during the past two years.

The chartered bus was leaving Disney World in the early morning of March 13, and en route to their homes in Houston, Texas.

“The students are from Channelview High School,”  Mark Kramer, spokesman for the Channelview Independent School District, said. “At this time, details are limited. We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information.”

CNN

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said the crash was “in the dark of night, and we are down in a ravine next to a creek. He added that “it was a large scale effort,” with a significant amount of emergency dispatchers arriving on the scene to evacuate all of the passengers.

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