On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in blog on Friday, February 9, 2018.
One issue that pops up in many divorces is a difference in perception as to the value of a stay-at-home spouse or parent. Value is easier to quantify for someone who goes to a job outside the home. In such cases, courts can use information such as salary, bonuses, insurance plans, retirement plans and more to calculate what that person brought financially to the marriage.
It gets trickier when one person focuses on keeping the house and perhaps the kids in order.
Some stay-at-home spouses do not have children. They may focus their tasks on any number of matters such as keeping the house tidy and preparing delicious meals. Perhaps they do not work in a paying job so they have the time and ability to support their spouse in a demanding career that requires travel and many family appearances. Examples could be politician or CEO. In fact, being a CEO's spouse could be a job in itself even though the spouse might technically stay at home.
Stay-at-home parents tend to focus on raising children and on other key family matters. If time and energy permit, they may cook or clean and do other tasks. After a divorce, many cannot afford to stay at home full time or at all.
Valuing the jobs
Intent can matter when the parties try to agree on a stay-at-home person's value. For example, was staying at home the overwhelming idea or preference of just one partner? Which one and why? Did the stay-at-home parent gladly give up years outside of the workforce, or was it something grudgingly agreed to? What was the cost to the spouse's career prospects, past, present and future?
Then there are some financial matters that can be calculated directly. How much did the couple save in daycare, gas and commuting expenses? How much is the life insurance policy on the stay-at-home spouse?
Different people and couples have different ways of fairly calculating the worth of someone who stayed at home. Maybe what worked for a couple who divorced last year does not seem to work well in someone else's situation. That is okay. Each couple must decide what is best for their unique situation.
On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in blog on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
People who have dementia and are in a nursing home may be at higher risk of being over medicated. For example, in one Kansas facility in 2017, the director of the home said that it had been "like a death prison." Half of the residents were reportedly taking anti-psychotics, but the staff cut these medications by half over six months. The director noted that only 10 percent of the patients actually had a mental illness.
Why does this happen? What are the signs that a loved one could be over medicated?
A preference for docile patients
It usually comes down to the fact that over medicated patients are more sedate and docile. This can be an "easy" solution for understaffed facilities that lack the personnel to safely monitor each resident. Rather than explore other, legal alternatives, the facility simply gives the residents medication that has not been approved for their use.
However, the alternatives can be just as effective and easy. Nursing homes can start music therapy and pet therapy programs and exercise programs, develop better routines for residents and provide a range of activities. Yes, it is somewhat more work than giving medications, but it is still relatively easy, not to mention much safer and 100 percent legal.
Lack of consequences
Another reason that some nursing homes seem to have little qualms about freely dispensing antipsychotics is that there likely will be no serious consequences, if any. Even when a nursing home gets a citation, the odds of a penalty that means anything are low.
The telltale signs and effects
The signs that nursing home staff are over medicating a resident include incoherence, sleeping a lot (lethargy) and little or no memory. There is an increased death risk for people with dementia as well. Also, over medication over a long period of time can lead to stroke, heart attack and addiction. While symptoms such as memory issues and incoherence can already be present to some degree in dementia patients, the changes can be obvious.