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PROTECTS Act Seeks to Curb Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

The U.S. Senate has introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at improving protections for nursing home residents from abuse or neglect in facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid. The PROTECTS act, which stands for Promote Responsible Oversight and Targeted Employee Background Check Transparency for Seniors, hopes to increase staffing quality levels according to WBFO News. The … Continue reading PROTECTS Act Seeks to Curb Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Lewy Body Dementia Trials Initiated at Georgetown University

Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, is currently enrolling for three drug trials of potential new treatments for Lewy body dementia. Although it affects the lives of an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families and is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, many healthcare providers are unfamiliar with Lewy … Continue reading Lewy Body Dementia Trials Initiated at Georgetown University

CMS Standard Reform Promises to Raise the Bar For Nursing Home Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced a series of reforms to the standards to which nursing homes are being held. The CMS standard reform is intended to reshape the way that nursing homes and care facilities are evaluated. The CMS standard reform, which was announced on October 17, will implement a … Continue reading CMS Standard Reform Promises to Raise the Bar For Nursing Home Care

Holistic Approaches More Effective Than Drugs for Some Dementia Behaviors

Recent research indicates that holistic non-drug interventions are more clinically effective than medication in treating physical aggression and physical agitation in individuals with dementia. Published October 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the study was led by researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto and the University of Calgary, both in Canada. … Continue reading Holistic Approaches More Effective Than Drugs for Some Dementia Behaviors

North Carolina Fight Club in Nursing Home Shocks State Authorities

A North Caroline fight club has been discovered at the Danby House, an assisted living facility in Winston-Salem North Carolina. As new details emerge, news sources like The Washington Post have tried to cover this developing story. The North Carolina fight club was created by three nursing aides at the Danby House: Marilyn Latish McKey, … Continue reading North Carolina Fight Club in Nursing Home Shocks State Authorities

Augusta Resident Assaults Leave Two Nursing Home Denizens Injured

The physical abuse of two elderly residents has left residents at the Golden Living Center-Windermere shocked at the alleged conduct of one nursing aide according to The Augusta Chronicle. The alleged perpetrator of the Augusta resident assaults, Jatoria Johnson, has received felony charges after being arrested in early October. The 22-year-old has been charged with … Continue reading Augusta Resident Assaults Leave Two Nursing Home Denizens Injured

Medicare Ratings Reforms Seek to Mark Abusive Nursing Homes

A recent report by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News has described new Medicare ratings reforms that will change the way that nursing home performance is scored. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced these changes in an effort to hold nursing homes more accountable for resident health and safety amongst the waves of abuse reports … Continue reading Medicare Ratings Reforms Seek to Mark Abusive Nursing Homes

Culinary Neglect Places Many Nursing Home Residents at Risk

Culinary neglect may be rarely discussed, but this type of neglect can be extremely dangerous to nursing home residents. Charlene Harrington, a registered nurse, and professor at the University of California San Francisco stated that “There’s huge under-reporting of food issues.” Despite this underreporting, they are quite frequent. As nonprofit investigative journalists at FairWarning discovered. … Continue reading Culinary Neglect Places Many Nursing Home Residents at Risk

Tomball Hidden Camera Scandal Sparks Nursing Assistant Termination

The town of Tomball, Texas has been sent reeling after the daughter of 93-year-old Ethel Teno planted a camera in her mother’s room and captured her mother’s physical and verbal abuse by a nursing assistant who worked at her nursing home. The Tomball hidden camera scandal has drawn the attention of news outlets and the … Continue reading Tomball Hidden Camera Scandal Sparks Nursing Assistant Termination

Aurora Whistleblower Calls Out Colorado Nursing Home Deficiencies

An Aurora whistleblower, Miaya Ramirez, has been blasting her former workplace, University Heights Rehab & Care, claiming that the facility has grossly neglected their residents. The nursing home has refuted the claims completely, but state records tell a different story. According to the Aurora whistleblower, patients at University Heights were suffering from a variety of … Continue reading Aurora Whistleblower Calls Out Colorado Nursing Home Deficiencies

Georgia Abuse Study Reveals Nursing Home and DCH Inadequacies

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution recently published an in-depth report on the inadequacies and issues with consumer information about nursing home abuse. The Georgia abuse study highlighted problems that existed not only in the individual nursing homes examined but in the Georgia Department of Community Health which seemed to be inadequately showcasing the information about abuse and … Continue reading Georgia Abuse Study Reveals Nursing Home and DCH Inadequacies

Westfield Resident Assault Triggers NJ Department of Health Investigation

An 86-year-old woman with dementia at the Westfield Center in Westfield, New Jersey, was discovered by her son with extensive bruising and a broken nose. This Westfield resident assault has now triggered a police investigation and a flood of similar stories from other residents and families who have seen similar abuses in the home. Benny … Continue reading Westfield Resident Assault Triggers NJ Department of Health Investigation

Seniors with Dementia Face More Health Challenges at Home

Despite the perception that elderly Americans typically spend their last days in nursing homes, the reality is that most seniors today are aging in place in their own homes. Medicaid spending on home-based and community care has outpaced spending on institutionalized care and in 2015, for instance, nearly 60 percent of individuals with dementia (memory … Continue reading Seniors with Dementia Face More Health Challenges at Home

Connecticut Cocaine Controversy Affects Several Nursing Home Residents

The discovery of cocaine in a Connecticut nursing home has resulted in a fine for patient health from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The Connecticut cocaine controversy centered around the RegalCare nursing home facility in New Haven where at least four residents tested positive for cocaine in their bodies according to The Epoch Times. … Continue reading Connecticut Cocaine Controversy Affects Several Nursing Home Residents

Springfield Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Gross Neglect of Resident

In Springfield, Illinois, one nursing home resident’s wrongful death could potentially cost their former facility up to a million dollars according to The Register-Guard. A Springfield wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the Sweet Briar Villa assisted living facility over the death of a resident from 2017. On Sept. 11, 2019, Zandra Heisler filed the … Continue reading Springfield Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges Gross Neglect of Resident

Hairspray Assault of Wheelchair-Bound Resident Results in Arrests

Residents of the town of Canal Winchester, Ohio, were shocked to wake up to headlines of two nursing home aides attacking a defenseless resident with a can of aerosol hair product. The hairspray assault was discovered when the two aides uploaded a video of the attack on the wheelchair-bound 94-year-old to Snapchat. Makiah Chane’l Halsell, … Continue reading Hairspray Assault of Wheelchair-Bound Resident Results in Arrests

Miami Nursing Home Fraud Jails Esformes for 20 Years

On Sept. 12, a historic Miami nursing home fraud case concluded. Philip Esformes was sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his Miami nursing home to commit, as Law360 described it, “the largest health care fraud case” the U.S. Department of Justice had ever prosecuted. Philip Esformes was the owner and profiting party in … Continue reading Miami Nursing Home Fraud Jails Esformes for 20 Years

Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Care Helps Patients and Family

Good news on the memory care front – when it comes to Alzheimer’s and related dementias, quality of care can improve quality of life for patients and family caregivers alike according to a new study published this summer. Dementia is a syndrome affecting memory, thinking, and language which is caused most commonly by Alzheimer’s disease … Continue reading Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Care Helps Patients and Family

Power of Attorney Abuse Lands Iowa Man in Jail For Spending $23,000

On September 5th, the Siouxland News reported a man for allegedly spending the money of a ward inappropriately under his power of attorney. The alleged perpetrator of this power of attorney abuse is a 52-year-old man named Ronald Taylor. According to Woodbury County court documents, Sioux City resident Ronald Taylor has been accused of dependent … Continue reading Power of Attorney Abuse Lands Iowa Man in Jail For Spending $23,000

Salem Nursing Home Lawsuit Seeks $3 Million for Neglect

A recent account by the Statesman Journal detailed a Salem nursing home lawsuit for almost $3 million in damages following the alleged abuse, neglect, death of a resident. The family of 91-year-old Helen Banks is filing suit against East Salem Assisted Living, LLC after their great-great-grandmother passed away from alleged neglect after only a month … Continue reading Salem Nursing Home Lawsuit Seeks $3 Million for Neglect