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Nursing Home Quality Monitor

The Consumer Reports Nursing Home Quality Monitor, formerly known as the Consumer Reports Watch List, identifies nursing homes that are likely to provide better-quality care and those likely to provide poorer-quality care.

The guide itself is available at

Alaska has just one nursing home on the list, and it is listed as a no-no.


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More on seizures of legal prescriptions

Here is an earlier referencehttps://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2006/03/15/ customs-seizes-legal-prescriptions/

In todays’ Santa Fé New Mexican newspaper http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/44549.html is an article on this activity. The article discusses several aspects of the ordering from Canada, especially for those who may also be eligible for the Medicare prescription program. Ironically, ordering from Canada because the US has no thought-out health system may raise the costs of Canadian pharmaceuticals.

As the article implies, CanadaDrugs.com is a careful and helpful pharmacy to deal with.

After ordering a prescription drug for his enlarged prostate earlier this year from a Canadian pharmacy, a 76-year-old Santa Fe man received a letter from the federal government informing him that it had confiscated the package….

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, said it was illegal for him to import the medications under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. …
The man said he objected to his mail being intercepted and to the correspondence, which included a flyer warning him about the safety of importing prescription drugs. “I thought it was kind of threatening,” he said.

Until recently, the FDA has focused its enforcement efforts on people who import large quantities of drugs and not on individuals trying to save money on prescription medicines….Lynn Hollinger, a spokeswoman for the CBP in Washington, said the policy was changed to target individuals as well in November 2005. Between then and May 1, the agency had sent out 28,835 letters informing U.S. residents that CBP had seized noncontrolled pharmaceuticals addressed to them.

Consumer Reports cites a study by the Illinois Office of Special Advocate for Prescription Drugs, which found that Canada’s manufacturing and regulatory system is comparable to that in the United States and the distribution system is more likely to discourage drug counterfeiting. Moreover, a June 2004 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office disclosed that all the prescription drugs it ordered from Canadian Internet pharmacies contained the proper chemical compositions and were properly shipped.

There are undoubtedly illegitimate pharmacies set up to serve people in the U.S. looking for drug bargains, the magazine noted, so customers should order from pharmacies entitled to display the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, or CIPA, seal. Such pharmacies will alert them when they intend to supply medication from another country.

Before ordering drugs from Canada . . .

Source: Consumer Reports

What Should I Look For in Assisted Living?

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http://www.thirdage.com/healthgate/files/73790.html

The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) offers the following general steps for selecting an assisted living facility on their website:

* Make an accurate and honest assessment of your needs, including physical, financial, and lifestyle. If you are not sure how to begin, contact a private geriatric care manager. Visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers’ Web site for a referral (http://www.caremanager.org).
* Visit as many facilities as you can. This will help you to get a sense of what is available in your area.
* Consider the proximity of the facility to those who will visit you.
* Narrow down your selection to the top two or three choices, return to those facilities and speak with residents and staff. Ask lots of questions. Try some of the services offered, like eating a meal or taking an exercise class.
* Ask for a copy of the resident agreement or contract.
* Ask to review the licensing or certification inspection reports.
* Call the local long-term care ombudsman’s office (the person who investigates complaints) and ask if there are complaints about the facilities you are interested in.
* Make an unannounced visit to the facility. Visit at different times of the day and weekend.
* Choose the facility that comes closest to your needs.


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