The long, lazy days of summer seem all but made for relaxing strolls or running short errands on foot rather than via cars or trucks. As much as you may enjoy getting out on foot and you know that walking is beneficial for your health, you should remain ever-aware of the risks that pedestrians face in West Virginia. These risks, it should be pointed out, exist not just in the summer but all year round as even walking through a parking lot puts you in the position of being a pedestrian surrounded by vehicles that may hit you.
In the past several decades, more and more West Virginia families have had to move loved ones into care facilities. Whether long-term care homes or nursing homes, these moves are commonly necessitated by aging. However, it is also important to remember that inherent in the reason for these moves is the need to keep elderly people safe. Sadly, that does not always happen. Many an elderly person has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.
West Virginia residents who have elderly or disabled relatives that require physical care and perhaps even placement in nursing homes know how hard it is to find the right help that they can trust. With reports of nursing home abuse or neglect popping up all around the nation, it is understandable to be concerned that this could happen. Neglect of a nursing home resident can take many forms. The formation and lack of treatment of bedsores may be a form of nursing home neglect.
For most West Virginia residents, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is a time of celebration, relaxing and spending time with friends and family. It offers a welcome break from everyday responsibilities and gives people an opportunity to remember many things about our country for which they can be grateful. For others, however, this holiday can be marred by tragedy. The Fourth of July often sees an increase in highway traffic volume. This can also give rise to an increase in vehicle accidents.