Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Nursing home advocates fight to change crime-reporting statutes

When neglect or abuse is suspected against an Oklahoma nursing home resident, state statutes say the incident should be reported to the Department of Human Services or the Sheriff’s department. Jack Crow believes the first call should be to the police. Crow believes his wife was abused in an Oklahoma nursing home; an investigation determined that her injuries were due to a fall. Regardless, Crow is joining forces with the nonprofit organization A Perfect Cause to make crimes against nursing home patients immediately reportable to police, according to Oklahoma City’s KOCO 5. A Perfect Cause is a victim’s advocacy organization ... Read More

California budget cuts jeopardize nursing home resident advocates

John may have been 92 years old and living in a nursing home, but he was no fool. When doctors discovered gangrene on the toes of his left foot, they ordered the toes be removed to save his life. Despite John’s protests, the person assigned to be his power of attorney scheduled the surgery anyway. But John fought back. He saw a poster in his California nursing home about the Ombudsman program, and he made a call. Ombudsmanship Program Director Kathi Toepel paid John a personal visit and, after insisting they talk privately in his room, he asked her to ... Read More

ProjectAWARE answers questions about menopause

Every woman approaching menopause or currently suffering from the symptoms of menopause has questions. How bad will the symptoms be? What is the best way to manage the symptoms? Will the treatment make me sick? Am I the only one who feels this way? In order to find answers most women have to educate themselves, and that can be a monumental task. In 1997, two women – one in Kansas and the other in New York – were becoming frustrated with the lack of beneficial and comprehensive health care information available to them, especially on the topic of menopause. So they ... Read More

Hidden cameras reveal neglect at NY nursing home

The records kept by LPNs Rima Chaudhry and Toni Miller and CNAs Betty Cheslak and Jacqueline Francis at Medford Multicare Center for Living in Suffolk, NY, showed they did their jobs. They bathed, changed and rotated their patients, followed doctors’ orders for their care. They even took precautions when moving patients to ensure no one was injured in the process. But hidden surveillance cameras set up over a six-week period in some patient’s rooms by the Attorney General’s office told a different story, according to the North County Gazette. The videos showed that one patient wasn’t turned and positioned to ... Read More

October is breast cancer month; time to evaluate breast health

October is breast cancer awareness month, which makes it a perfect time for women currently taking or considering taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), to assess their breast health. For years, HRT was considered the cure-all for menopausal symptoms that range from hot flashes and riding the emotional roller coaster to bone loss and osteoporosis. But a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and funded by the National Institutes of Health stopped women and their doctors in their tracks when the research revealed that the risks of HRT far outweighed and outnumbered the benefits. The WHI report stated that ... Read More

Family dedicates Web site to daughter killed in Rhino rollover

Ellie Sand’s warm smiles appear to lift off the photo montage on the Web site made in her memory. She was a determined girl, who did well at most anything she tried – dancing, tennis, horseback riding, even riding her dirt bike. But her strong will was not enough to keep her alive after the Yamaha Rhino she was riding in tipped over and crushed her small body. An air ambulance rushed her to the hospital and for 24 hours machines held her at the brink of life. But the weight of the 1,100-pound Rhino was just too much for ... Read More

Philly man charged with raping dying nursing home patient

Every now and again the news reports a story of abuse so cruel and inhumane, there is no way to describe it but “evil.” This weekend, Timothy Patrick White of Philadelphia was charged with a most evil act – raping a dying 70-year-old nursing home resident. Last summer, White walked into Manor Care Nursing Home in Philadelphia and somehow left the building with the woman, according to the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Daily News. The woman, who suffers from vascular dementia and a brain tumor, was living out her last days in the nursing home. Doctors say she has less than six ... Read More

Recalled heparin still appearing in hospitals, pharmacies

Just because a drug has been recalled doesn’t mean that it has been eliminated from pharmacy and hospital inventory. According to the Associated Press/San Jose (California) Mercury Sun, during an investigation by the California Board of Pharmacy, heparin, which was recalled last winter, was found 94 times in California hospitals and at least 16 hospitals administered the drug to patients. Nearly 100 pharmacists and the hospitals they work for were fined $2,000 to $5,000 by the Board of Pharmacy, according to the report. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled heparin early last year after a large number of patients ... Read More

Nurses convicted of crimes still in good standing in California

Nurse Haydee Parungano was an independent contractor who traveled Southern California to provide nursing services to Medicare patients. Her records show she worked every day between April 1, 2002, and August 31, 2003, including all weekends and holidays, averaging 20 visits per day. During this time span, there were 60 days that Parungano claimed to have seen more than 32 patients – a feat that, at 45 minutes per patient, would take more than 24 hours to accomplish. Last year, Parungano was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for her role in a health care fraud scheme that ultimately ... Read More

Florida Medicaid recipients want to choose where to live

Nearly 8,500 Florida Medicaid recipients have filed a federal lawsuit seeking class action status for forcing them to live in nursing homes instead of where they choose, according to the Associated Press/Miami Herald. The lawsuit names the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s office. Medicaid, which is the state-federal body that provides health coverage and nursing home care to the poor, pays nursing homes millions each year for treating patients who qualify for Medicaid. Advocates for the elderly contend that nursing homes have successfully lobbied politicians to make qualifying ... Read More