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.

Tell Your Annoying Friend The Truth, Vaping Does Cause Cancer

It’s been several years since electronic smoking devices became popular throughout society, largely in part to the assertions that it had no negative side effects.

Instead of smoking cigarettes, the devices use ‘vapor’ to deliver the nicotine into the user. It was touted as the safest way to consume the calming drug, and became a sensational fad for the large plumes of smoke that were a by-product of using them.

However, scientists recently released the results of a series of tests which proved that e-cigarettes were not the “safer” alternative to regular tobacco consumption.

Instead of combustion, which contains a vast amount of cancer-causing chemicals from the burning, vaping introduces more organic elements into the bodies of users.

But this doesn’t mean it is necessarily healthy.

In a series of tests, researchers subjected mice and human cells to the vapor produced by e-cigarettes and recorded the results.

They were expecting to see a lower risk of lung cancer, but what they found shocked them and the entire medical field.

Utah Police Officer Proves He’s A Real-Life Superhero By Smashing Through Ice To Rescue A Drowning Boy

It was a Christmas morning unlike any other for Sgt. Aaron Thompson, an officer in the Washington County Police Department. Thompson likely expected to receive the odd few calls about someone stuck in a frozen ditch, or maybe a kid calling in to report that their little sister had stolen the present they wanted the most.

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However, the call he received was anything but ordinary: it was from a young boy whose friend had been chasing the family dog out near a frozen river, only to step onto some thin ice and fall into the freezing waters. Emergency responders were contacted, and Thompson, a rescue diver by training, was the first on the scene.

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Speaking to NBC News, he mentions that he made his decision about how to handle the situation right away:

“You never know exactly what you’re going to get into. I just made the decision that I was going to go get him.”

NBC Once Had To Save Johnny Carson From A Mafia Hitman

For anyone who grew up in the 60s and onwards, there is no doubt whatsoever that Johnny Carson was the absolute king of late night talk shows. During his absolutely massive 30-year career as the host of The Tonight Show, Carson set the gold standard for all talk show hosts to come, thanks to his easygoing, conversational interview style, absolutely flawless sense of comedy, and his natural charm and charisma.

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It wasn’t just that Carson was a great interviewer either. The man was a gifted comedian that knew exactly how to read an audience, and his career in both standup comedy and sketch comedy reflect that just as well as his talk show hosting.

Whether it was as his most famous characters like Carnac the Magnificent or Art Fern, or in the numerous sketches found on his side venture, The Johnny Carson Show, his comedic stylings knew just how to tickle our funny bones and get everyone to laugh. He even showed up on an early episode of The Simpsons to show a new generation of comedians exactly how it’s done!

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Of course, comedy is a pretty subjective thing, and every comedian eventually runs into a tough crowd that they have to work extra hard to please. While I’m sure Johnny had plenty of encounters with a rough audience in his time, I’m also pretty sure he’d say that the roughest was the time when his act led to him getting roughed up by mafiosos…

Student Experiment Sheds Light On The Potential Dangers Of Wi-Fi

In this day and age, everyone is connected. Cellphones and computers make it so easy for us to stay in touch with those who live far away. But at what cost? How is it affecting our health?

Five high school students conducted an experiment for their biology class to ask this same question, and their results are being admired by researchers in England, Holland, and Sweden. The girls noticed they were struggling to pay attention at school and wondered what the cause could be.

“We all think we have experienced difficulty concentrating in school, if we had slept with the phone next to our head, and sometimes also experienced having difficulty sleeping,”  explains Lea Nielsen, one of the students in the experiment.

The girls decided to conduct an experiment to see if Wi-Fi could be the cause of their troubles. They took 400 cress seeds and separated them between 12 different containers. All the containers were kept in the same room, at the same temperature, with the same amount of water. Six of the routers were placed next to a Wi-Fi router, which emit the same type of radiation as a regular cellphone.

After 12 days, the results were staggering.

Sunroofs Are Exploding, See Which Car Brands and Models Are Involved

When mother-of-five, Heather Savage was driving her four-year-old Eli and her 15-year-old daughter Raquel who she just picked up from ballet class, a loud noise caused her to pull over her car.

“My heart was racing,” she says. “It’s not something you expect to happen when you’re driving.”

The Utah mother thought that she had blown a tire on their 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, but when she got out to take a look around, the tires seemed fine. Then she looked up and saw that the sunroof had exploded, shattering the glass pane into tiny shards of glass that landed on the sunroof’s shade guard above her children’s head.

“I feel really lucky that I had that shut at the time,” Savage says. “When I was looking at cars, I loved the sunroof, but I never imagined in a million years that would happen.”

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While this might sounds like a freak occurrence, a Consumer Reports investigation found that these incidents happen in every month of the year, in every part of the country. It has happened on interstates, country roads and even while a car is parked in a driveway.

While sunroofs have become a popular upgrade in most vehicles, getting bigger and more extravagant, but not necessarily safer.

Although the issue of exploding sunroofs is known in the auto industry and to government regulators, drivers generally assume their sunroofs are safe.

While experts don’t know exactly what is causing the glass to explode, one thing is for sure: The bigger the expanse of glass, the harder it is for manufacturers to ensure that it won’t shatter.

So which are the brands that are most effected?

Mom Issues Warning After Toddler Burned By Phone Charger

Raising a kid is always full of worry. You can childproof every door, hide every cleaning product, and pad every corner, but there’s always a sense of panic when your toddler crawls for something that could be potentially harmful.

For Courtney Davis, that “something” was a phone charger. Now, we all know phone chargers can be dangerous. One man was electrocuted after he fell asleep and his phone charger got caught on his necklace.

The NYPD also issued a warning, saying that sleeping with your phone charging under your pillow can start a fire and potentially cause serious injury.

For Davis, her little Gabby found the charger lying on the ground and put it in her mouth. That’s when things got really bad.

The Hidden Danger That Killed A 12-Year-Old After He Was Hurt In Gym Class

When you send your kids to school, you expect them to be safe. Sure, there are crazy situations beyond your control, but for the most part you know the teachers and staff will do whatever it takes to make sure your child is alright.

For Rory Staunton, his parents were left grieving the loss of their son after a normal fall in gym class.

Rory Staunton at a young age. People

In March 2012, Rory was in gym class when he dove for a ball and fell and cut his arm. Even though the school nurse was on duty, the gym teacher just decided to put two Band-Aids over the cut without cleaning it first.

The next day, Rory had a 104-degree-fever and was complaining of leg pain. His parents took him to his pediatrician where he was promptly rushed to the emergency room. Doctors concluded he was suffering from dehydration, so they gave him fluids and an anti-nausea drug.

On Friday, Rory’s fever still hadn’t broken and he was brought back to the emergency room. Doctors admitted him to the Intensive Care Unit, telling his parents their son was fighting for his life.

By Sunday night, Rory was dead.

So what happened in those two days that caused Rory Staunton to lose his life?