Thursday, 13 December 2012

Springhill Group Korea: Is Home for the Aged a Better Option

A Quick Tip by saadomar

Home for the aged is a general term for a facility that cares for elderly people.  It is not a question of where but a question of how.  How is home for the aged can do good for our elderly?

In a fast phase world like ours, finding time for fun and leisure is hard and finding time for family is harder.  Sometimes we are left with no choice.  We are forced to leave our elderly family members in a nursing home or more popular as home for the aged.

There is always two sides in a story, leaving elderly family member in a caring home has advantages and disadvantages.  Number of senior citizens suddenly seemed to multiply since 1950’s.  In 1900 the average life expectancy was forty-five, by 1950 the average life span was almost seventy years; the population has doubled but the number of people65 and over had quadrupled to become 8% of the total.  In 1950’s more and more population of “retirees” are supposed to get their pensions.  Due to this case, extended families are seemed to be an obligation, where elderly had to stay with their sons, daughters or grandchildren.

People then began wondering how to accommodate this burden.  They started taking about nursing homes, retirement houses, or apartments where they can leave their elderly.  Golden years are supposed to have a positive connotation but now the phrase developed into a different meaning.  Instead of the “golden years” being now, I a one’s old age golden refers to the good old days.

Studies showed that people in developed countries are not only living longer, but also remain healthy for much of their lives, unlike in less developed countries, where the elderly tend to be plagued with serious illnesses.  Causing them to live longer which means government has to support them because they are already retirees.  In order to support them, one must work and working means no one to take care of the elderly.

Elderly has a special healthcare although facilities like home for the aged are designed to take care of them they are often lacking human resources and other needs of these retirees.  A sad truth is some facilities have no mercy on their patients.  Sometimes they overmedicate them and let them lay in their beds for hours and even days.  They lack people to attend to the elderly so they had to choose over feeding them and bathing them.  They feed them and who knows how and what, and then they will let them stay in soiled clothes and beds.  Those were just samples.  But not every home is like that, there are homes where they will take care of the elderly and makes sure that they are well feed and well medicated.

If you are thinking of taking your elderly family member to homes, you must weigh things and consider possibilities and other options first.  Sometimes it will work for you and your dad for example but sometimes it is better if you’d get help and pay assistance from private nurses.   Whatever your decision is, you must remember that they once took care of us and had been very patient to us when we were younger; it is time to pay them back.  Your son or daughter will do the same for you in the future.

Springhill Group Korea: Spain Borrowing Costs Ease, Catalonia Unhappy

ALLVOICES NEWS - Spain’s borrowing costs on its 10-year government bonds fell to the lowest level since January on Thursday.

At its latest debt auction raised 4.8 billion euros and saw strong demand from investors for the bonds maturing in three and 10 years’ time.

Madrid has been able to more easily sell its bonds at lower rates of interest since the European Central Bank announced its bond-buying plan.

Spain Borrowing Costs Ease by Springhill Group Korea

Trader Ignacio Blanco with Bankinter said: “Over the last month and a half bond interest rates are down more than two percent, since Draghi spoke at the end of July. There was strong demand in the days before the auction and today too. They were buying bonds before, they continued to buy today, and the initial operations after the auction were good.”

Many analysts have warned Spain’s borrowing costs could skyrocket to unsustainable levels unless Rajoy asks for an international bailout, at which point the ECB would start buying Spanish bonds.

The country’s economic crisis is exposing deep fault lines with the wealthy, but heavily indebted, region of Catalonia calling for tax breaks.

Catalonia, which is in northeastern Spain, generates one fifth of the country’s economic output and is home to 16 percent of Spaniards.

More than half of Catalans say they want a separate state, and hundreds of thousands marched in Barcelona last week – the biggest such show of separatist fervor.

The upsurge in Catalan separatism is founded on a conviction that Madrid is draining the region financially.

The central government collects most taxation payments then redistributes them to Spain’s 17 self-governing regions, which run their own schools and hospitals. Each year Catalans say they pay 16 billion euros more in taxes than the regional government spends.

The region’s debts have made the Madrid government’s task of balancing the budget more difficult.

Rajoy has threatened to intervene in regions that cannot control their budgets. Catalonia is likely to miss its deficit target this year and has had to ask Madrid for a five billion euro bailout to meet its debt redemptions.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Springhill Group Florida - Home Care

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At Springhill Care Group, our attitude is to exceed the expectations of our residents and their friends, that offer balanced with impressive facilities and exceptional staff.

At Springhill Care Group, we firmly believe in safeguarding the interests of our clients and we pride ourselves on offering the most resident friendly environment.

Springhill Group looks to cater to the special requirements of each person citizen and any changing circumstances that occur throughout their time living in our care. This gives families the comfort that their loved one has the support and care.

We fully understand a need to a place that residents will be proud to call their home is what they require most. All are built in attractive locations, nestled amongst existing communities, so our residents can easily retain their ties with their families.

Springhill Care offers retirees the finest in clinical care, while receiving the positive aspects of living in our cozy and comfortable community.

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Springhill Group living and care options are available depending on what the residents need and prefer.

Independent Living

The independent accommodations are occupied for those who wish to maintain a significant standard of flexibility, but also value the friendly relationship, the security, recreational facilities, and care that is provided by to them.

The homes are designed to allow residents simple and easy household management encircled by warm and friendly neighbours

Assisted Living

Assisted Living is desirable to people who need a little extra care with their everyday living. You will also find here the flexibility and security of owning your personal space, to have your valuable possessions and things around you.

Rest Home Level Care

Rest home level care in a Ryman Village, offers residents the very best in clinical care, while receiving the benefits of living in our warm and welcoming community.

Springhill Group believes that if we remain focused on providing excellent assistance to our residents and their families then we will be rewarded and honored. We are seeking to grow contacts in terms of retirement services, to meet the requirements of an elderly growing society which is increasing for the next couple years!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Japan toilet maker unveils 'poop-powered' motorbike

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's best-known toilet maker on Wednesday unveiled a "poop-powered" motorcycle that can travel as far as 300km on a tank filled with animal waste.

Billed as the world's first waste-powered vehicle, the three-wheeler has a toilet in place of a regular seat and huge paper roll at the back.

But as a young female model climbed aboard for a test drive Wednesday, toilet giant TOTO was quick to point out that she would not supply the "gas".

"The biogas it uses as fuel is not made from human waste. It's made from livestock waste and sewage," Kenji Fujita, a company spokesman, told reporters in a Tokyo suburb.

Kickbacks, Honest Services, and Health Care Fraud after Skilling

Joan H. Krause
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

August 8, 2012

Annals of Health Law, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2012
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018589

This essay considers how the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Skilling v. United States, which limited the situations in which mail and wire fraud cases may be premised on violations of the “intangible right to honest services,” has the potential to alter the future of health care fraud litigation. While Skilling is widely perceived to have closed the door to several types of common mail and wire fraud prosecutions, this may not turn out to be the case in health care. In health care, the renewed focus on kickbacks as evidence of an honest services breach instead may dovetail nicely with both the Obama Administration’s emphasis on criminal health care fraud enforcement and the jurisprudence of the Medicare & Medicaid Anti-Kickback Statute. This kind of leverage may prove very difficult for prosecutors to resist, and most certainly will require changes in the way the health law bar approaches common Anti-Kickback concerns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: health care fraud, Medicare, white collar crime

Accepted Paper Series

Date posted: March 8, 2012
Suggested Citation
Krause, Joan H., Kickbacks, Honest Services, and Health Care Fraud after Skilling (August 8, 2012). Annals of Health Law, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2012; UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018589. Available at SSRN:
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Saturday, 4 August 2012

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The decision of US to let the blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng return into China’s fold following his escape from authorities is straining ties between the two countries as diplomatic dialogues opened in Beijing.
The 40-year old Chen who is now considered a dissident became an international human rights inspiration to many Chinese after earning the ire of the local government for exposing forced abortions in line with the country’s one-child policy. The self-taught lawyer took to the US embassy after his escape, apparently to ask for help but was eventually ushered into the Beijing Hospital.
According to a senior official’s statement to Springhill Care Group, Chen has indeed went into the embassy that day and has requested for medical treatment for his injured foot. American medical personnel have then conducted medical tests and made appropriate treatment during the time he was there.
Immediately after the incident, the Chinese government has expressed its disapproval about the entire affair, demanding an apology from the US for taking Chen in.
“What the U.S. side should do now is neither to continue misleading the public and making every excuse to shift responsibility and conceal its wrongdoing, nor to interfere in the domestic affairs of China,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin.
This incident came just when the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is visiting Beijing in a meeting with Chinese officials on security and trade talks. And although no one mentioned Chen’s name, it is evident in their statements that the incident is on the spotlight as the 2 nations struggle to maintain common ground.
Clinton said in her opening statement, “The United States believes that no state can legitimately deny the universal rights that belong to every human being – or punish those who exercise them. A China that protects the rights of all its citizens will be a stronger, more prosperous partner for the United States.”
Dai Bingguo issued a rebuttal on behalf of China, saying, “I wish to point out in particular the fundamental way to manage state-to-state relations is to abide by the basic norms of international relations, namely to respect China’s sovereignty, core interests and choice of social system.”
Meanwhile, Chinese President Hu Jintao made his point known in his opening speech during the 4th round of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues. He remarked that US and China should know how to respect each other despite their disagreements and also appealed to its counterpart to break the conventional belief that superpowers are bound to engage in conflicts.
“Given our different national conditions, it is impossible for both China and the United States to see eye to eye on every issue. We should properly manage the differences by improving mutual understanding so these differences will not undermine the larger interests of China-U.S. relations,” said Hu.
Springhill Care Group reports that the Chinese leader seems to be open in creating new and creative ways to foster better relations between the major nations.
“We should, through creative thinking and concrete steps, prove that the traditional belief that big powers are bound to enter into confrontation and conflicts is wrong and seek new ways of developing relations between major countries in the era of economic globalization,” he added.

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London 2012 Olympics: badminton eight from China, Indonesia and South Korea expelled

TELEGRAPH UK - Four pairs in the women’s doubles were disqualified from the Olympics for underperforming in the final group stages on Tuesday night as they deliberately tried to lose by spraying shots wide or into the net to secure an easier quarter-final draw.
The players, the Chinese world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, Greysia Poli and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and two South Korean pairs, Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung, were jeered by the crowd.
The organising committee for the Games will not be offering refunds to spectators who attended on Tuesday evening, despite Lord Coe describing the incident as “depressing” and asking: “Who wants to sit through something like that?”
Officials from the sport’s governing body conducted a frantic round of meetings as they hastily arranged a disciplinary panel.
An official announcement of its findings was only made public as spectators took their seats for last night’s women’s doubles quarter-finals. Pairs from Canada, South Africa, Russia and Australia, who had thought their Olympics were over, had to hastily prepare for a return to court in front of a sell-out crowd.
“We found out we were playing at 3 o’clock,” said Michelle Edwards, of South Africa. “Everything was so last minute. We packed our bags, rush, rush, rush and here we are. The mental preparation was almost zero.”
South Africa lost 2-0 to Russia but Australia took Canada to three sets before losing.
The episode was deeply embarrassing for the badminton authorities who would have been aware that Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, recently described match fixing as the biggest threat to the Games.
With all athletes and coaches swearing to uphold the Olympic oath at the opening ceremony, this damaged the integrity of the Games.
The stakes were high for the badminton authorities with the prospect of two sports being removed from the Olympics before Rio 2016.
“We are very sorry this has happened,” said Thomas Lund, the chief operating officer of the badminton federation. “The most important thing is we dealt with the issue and did it in the best interests of the other players in this tournament.”
But while the administrators were lauding their disciplinary process the players were firmly pointing the finger at the sport’s authorities. The Daily Telegraph reported earlier this year they had been warned of manipulation when they changed the early stage of the Olympic competition to a round robin stage.
China has been accused of manipulating matches before but only ties involving two sets of their own players. This was more serious because it took place against a Korean pair.
“I have had volunteers really upset — they were crying because they couldn’t believe this was going on the Olympic Games,” said Gail Emms, the former British player who won silver in Athens.
“They have been working so hard to make this competition perfect and they have just seen four women’s doubles pairs not live up to what they believe in. There have been a lot of strong words.”
There was sympathy but also condemnation for the Chinese pair from their own countrymen. Lin Dan, the defending men’s singles Olympic champion, admitted Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang had discredited the sport.
“I think this is not in the Olympic spirit,” he said.
“To avoid this situation is very simple: just straight knock out.”
The scandal began when the Chinese top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang started to show little interest in beating the Koreans to finish top of Group A. By finishing second they would avoid compatriots and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei at least until the final.
“What happened was just truly disgraceful,” said Emms. “This is the Olympic Games — it is not very much in the Olympic spirit.”

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