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mm m m'mnm m m ,. Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 C3 v Landscape Design and Installation Nursing Home Data Mandatory Soon A Free landscape design & cost estimates for improving your property. 10 below normal charge A 30 day plant life guarantee following landscape installation. A written outline of future maintenance requirements after installation. 7ctL K 7i&xm " 8: JO 2:30 Phene 659- 1400 assistance of the Junior League, an Educational Diagnostic Assessment Program (EDA) has been initiated. EDA works with the classroom teacher to implement the plan for the child. I toured the EDA facility and was extremely impressed. There are 27 staff members and 50 children. Fees are based on the ability of parents to pay. The telephone number is 684-2092. Answers to questions In this column are obtained from local health professionals. Readers may send their questions to Colavecchio at The Palm Beach Post, Drawer T, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402. Q I find it necessary to place my mother in a nursing home. But I hear of mistreatment and neglect of many patients in nursing homes. How can I select a good one? A Sad to say, the stories you hear probably are true and, worse yet, understated. However, relief is on the way. A new state law which becomes effective Jan. 1 makes it mandatory for all nursing homes to be graded (A-excellent, B-good, etc.) by county health departments. The information will be available to everyone at the health departments and must be posted in the nursing homes. Details are being worked out. When finalized, we will publish them in this column. Until then, ask friends and the social worker at the ft Tod Dinmor cHttfitd (anducap 6554585 Leather Casual Leather Bags A Handmade gifu from 11.50 Entrances: 325 WORTH AVE. 326 I ?KLM BEACH """"Ny Avoid Awkwardness In Sex Discussions fire codes. And certainly ask the patients at the home. Q I was discharged from a local hospital after a six-day stay. It has been four weeks and I have yet to receive a bill. I would like to file an insurance claim with a secondary insurance company which will not pay the hospital but pays me directly. What can I do about this? A - Plenty. On Jan. 1, 1975, a state law became effective regarding hospital billing of patients. It states specifically that a hospital must give the patient a summary bill of charges by service (e.g. laboratory, x-ray, drugs, etc.) within seven days of discharge. If the patients question any of the summary items, upon presentation of themselves at the hospital, they must be supplied with the details of the charges such as (chest x-ray, blood count, valium). The law also specifies that investor-owned, for-profit hospitals (proprietary) must have printed on their bills, in legible size, the words "A FOR-PROFIT HOSPITAL". If you can't get satisfaction from the hospital, we suggest you contact the Office of Consumer Affairs for Palm Beach County, phone 837-2670, and file a complaint. Q Recently, as a visitor to a local hospital, I heard an announcement over the public address system stating "Code Blue, ICU." It was repeated several times. What does it mean? A The terminology of the announcement may differ from hospital to hospital, but the meaning is always the same. A medical emergency has arisen such as cardiac or respiratory failure, and a patient needs immediate attention by a specially trained team. Q My child appears to have learning disabilities. Is there any place he can be evaluated and treated? A We talked to Beth Male, director of children's services for the Community Mental Health Center in West Palm Beach. With the HERITHLME Francis R. Colavecchio hospital for recommendtions. Call at the nursing home and speak to the administrator. Try to arrange your visit around mealtime to see how and what type of food is being served. Check for licenses. See if the home meets the latest safety and r Planned Parenthood Answers Your Questions Questions and answers for this column are prepared by professionals associated with Planned Parenthood, an international family-planning organization. Founded in 1916, it has 200 affiliates throughout the United States. For further information, write: P.O. Box 3324, West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401, or call 655-7984. In the south county area, call 368-1023. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with Estee Lauder's Youth Dew fragrance Festive. Floral. Truly a fragrance that captures the special sparkle of the holidays. Estee Lauder's Youth Dew. Heady, haunting. Give her a gift of scentings wrapped in an elegant French country design of snow flowers. Snow Treasures set 18.50 Milk bath, 5.75 oz 8.00 Collector's Treasures set 11.50 Eau de part urn, 2.25 oz 8.50 Jeweler's box, .23 oz 10.00 Dusting powder, 9 oz 8.00 Bath soap, 3 cakes 8.00 Bath oil, 1 oz 9.00 1 7yy wffyyy'TyfffTiTTyy'wWyfTPyTTTiy GANGSTER-STRIPE SEPARATES SIZES 38 to 46 or waists 32 to 40 Q I am finding it is not easy to talk with our youth about sex and things related to it they really ought to know about. Are we normal in this? A Very. Few parents find it easy to talk about sex with their children. Or reproduction. Or birth control. But if your son or daughter is an adolescent, chances are good the topics are on his or her mind. They are a regular part of conversation with friends, a part of growing up, a part of life. And sometimes, the subjects are not brought up by youths because parents already have indicated verbally and non verbally that they are not comfortable with the subject. Here are some guidelines which may be helpful. First, answer the question that's being asked, not what you think is behind the question. Don't jump to conclusions. Second, if you really do sense there's a question behind the question, go ahead and try to give emotional support. Don't close the door. Third, try to be aware of your own attitudes. They show through. Fourth, try to let your teenagers know you believe in them and really are concerned about the quality of their lives and relationships not just what they did on last night's date. Fifth, if you feel comfortable in it, use a little humor. Don't be too solemn. Sixth, know that parents and children often disagree, so accept two opinions and talk them over. Seventh, don't be afraid you don't have an answer. Saying it may well be the answer. And last but important, let your youth know what you value most in life. Is it love, treating persons right, being open? It's a long list, but taking just one section of it may make all the difference in the world. Q As a parent of a teenager, I would like to ask when I should explain the basics about sex and the problems one can have in going too far too soon. A If the subject hasn't been covered by now, it may be that your teenager can tell you about the basics. It is never too late, however, to let any member of the family know you are ready to talk about any concern she or he may have. Because you've been teaching your values both by example and verbally since your child's birth, by adolescence he or she probably knows where you stand. In other words, you've made your impact, and your teenager has developed most of his or her attitudes, either because of what you've taught or in spite of it. Trust what you've taught and trust that teen to make his or her own decisions. Q When some of my friends have gotten pregnant, they have chosen to have an abortion. While they seem to come through it okay, isn't abortion a dangerous thing? A Abortion is a fairly routine, simple medical procedure when done in the early months of pregnancy by a qualified medical person. Kven when done in late pregnancy when the procedure is more complicated, abortion is relatively safe. However, as with most surgical procedures, there are risks, and a person should receive counseling in what these are prior to deciding on this course of action. Abortion should not be considered a substitute for effective contraception only as a back-up measure for those who wish it. Alabama Av.. Suite 7 W.P.B. 393 964-2437 InitoWf Open Yeu Round Den Travel Goods Handbag Repair PERUVIAN AVE. iTVl-J r p.m. to 9:00 p.m. no It's no gamble! Sensational separates of 100 polyester. Pocketed blazer with roll-back cuffs, black and white pinstripes, $32 Matching pull-on pants, $19 Long print sleeve geometric top (shown) or polka-dot and white, top, black $19 LANE BRYANT . . . 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