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Gracedale Absenteeism Creates An Environment For Neglect And Abuse

In Northampton County, PA, the Gracedale Nursing Home has been suffering a rash of missing employees for the last month. Dubbed the Gracedale absenteeism by county officials, June numbers for employee call-outs to the facility approached one-third of the facility’s workforce. County Executive Lamont McClure was rather direct in her statements to the council on … Continue reading Gracedale Absenteeism Creates An Environment For Neglect And Abuse

Tennessee’s Nursing Home Neglect Issues Showcased In Federal Report

Last month, the Senate Special Committee on Aging members conducted a survey on the underperforming nursing homes of America. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania released a report of that survey that endeavored to explore the extent of nursing home deficiency in America. The results of this study were captured and reported on … Continue reading Tennessee’s Nursing Home Neglect Issues Showcased In Federal Report

Unreported Nursing Home Abuse Cases Number In The Thousands

A string of reports from national auditors of nursing homes covered by The Register-Mail has revealed thousands of instances of unreported nursing home abuse across the nation. According to auditors for the Health and Human Services inspector general, unreported nursing home abuse cases make up 18% of the 37,600 instances of in which a Medicare … Continue reading Unreported Nursing Home Abuse Cases Number In The Thousands

Bedsores Pose High Risk of Sepsis For Nursing Home Residents

Bedsores are an unfortunately common occurrence in nursing homes across the nation. When left untreated, these bedsores can become deadly because of complications that develop, including sepsis. With thousands of nursing home residents facing severe sepsis-related health issues every year, it’s important to understand exactly why they happen and what measures may prevent them.   … Continue reading Bedsores Pose High Risk of Sepsis For Nursing Home Residents

How Nursing Homes Contribute to Skid Row’s LA Patient Dumping

In Los Angeles, nursing homes have been abandoning mentally debilitated or medically intensive patients in the downtown area known as Skid Row. The practice, nicknamed LA patient dumping, occurs for many reasons, but ultimately, it happens far too often. Nursing homes make difficult decisions on a regular basis due to practical concerns such as staffing … Continue reading How Nursing Homes Contribute to Skid Row’s LA Patient Dumping

Nursing Home Sues for Unpaid Bills Despite Resident’s Wrongful Death

In June 2015, Woodhaven Center of Care admitted that they were responsible for the death of then-resident Salvatore Niosi. Now, four years and a million-dollar settlement later, the nursing home is pursuing a countersuit for money that they claim was owed to them by the deceased. Following the family’s lawsuit, Woodhaven Center of Care filed … Continue reading Nursing Home Sues for Unpaid Bills Despite Resident’s Wrongful Death

VA Nursing Home Investigation Reveals Numerous Deficiencies Nationwide

Veterans hold a particularly exalted place in American society. Seen by many as a class of citizens who have placed their lives on the line for their country, many believe that veterans deserve special treatment upon their return, and often businesses even dedicate events or discounts to veterans. Additionally, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) … Continue reading VA Nursing Home Investigation Reveals Numerous Deficiencies Nationwide

Grim Predictions For Kentucky’s Nursing Home Abuse Crisis

Nearly half of Kentucky’s registered nursing homes fall below the state average in terms of care. Despite the low ranking, a piece of legislation titled House Bill 210 could worsen conditions for Kentuckians. However, some efforts are being made to improve things for seniors in the state by advocates taking a stand for the nursing … Continue reading Grim Predictions For Kentucky’s Nursing Home Abuse Crisis

Lakewood Scabies Scare at New Jersey Nursing Home Sparks Caution

Health alerts are always an unfortunate occurrence in the modern era. From E. Coli, Salmonella, or some new strain of flu, many health advisories are a jarring upset of every day living and a reminder to use caution in maintaining personal health and hygiene. More distressing is when a sensitive population, such as children or … Continue reading Lakewood Scabies Scare at New Jersey Nursing Home Sparks Caution

Massachusetts Nursing Home Settlement Punishes Sub-Par Homes

In a recent settlement, seven nursing homes across the state of Massachusetts were found lacking in quality of care and or inadequately run. The Massachusetts nursing home settlement was agreed upon in late March and levied fines of between $20,000 and $300,000 on each of the homes. As some additional measures, the Massachusetts nursing home settlement … Continue reading Massachusetts Nursing Home Settlement Punishes Sub-Par Homes

Rising Tide of Elderly Veterans Stressing VA’s Nursing Care Systems

Within the next five years, more than a million veterans will age into eligibility for Veterans Administration publicly-funded nursing homes and alternative nursing services. The cost of this care could rise sharply to more than $10 billion annually, a nearly 50 percent increase over current costs of $6 billion per year, during the same period. … Continue reading Rising Tide of Elderly Veterans Stressing VA’s Nursing Care Systems

Are Bed Sores a Sign of Neglect?

After a great deal of deliberation, you have decided to move your loved one into a nursing home in the hopes that they will receive around-the-clock care. However, every time you visit, your loved one is suffering from a bedsore. Bedsores are one of the most common and frequent conditions to affect nursing home residents. … Continue reading Are Bed Sores a Sign of Neglect?

Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Case Focuses on Miami Nursing Homes

One of the largest Medicare fraud cases on record is currently underway in Florida, and it has assisted living facilities at its center. In 2016, FBI agents arrested Philip Esformes, owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted living facilities, Odette Barcha, former director of outreach programs at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, … Continue reading Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Case Focuses on Miami Nursing Homes

Photo of Nursing Home Resident Slumped Over Desk Goes Viral

A viral photo of an elderly woman face-down in her pillow led to an inquiry at an Ohio nursing home, drawing attention to nursing home neglect nationwide. Local pastor Julia Wiggins posted a photo to Facebook last month showing 80-year-old nursing home resident Esther Brown slumped in her wheelchair at a desk with her face … Continue reading Photo of Nursing Home Resident Slumped Over Desk Goes Viral

Australia to Better Regulate Restraints in Nursing Homes

Australia will introduce new regulations about sedating or restraining nursing home residents, The Guardian reported.  According to MSN, three national reports in the last 18 months have recommended the government regulate the use of restraints. In September, the BBC reported that Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an inquiry into residential and in-home aged care. Unlike in … Continue reading Australia to Better Regulate Restraints in Nursing Homes

How to Pursue Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death is a civil case between the estate of a deceased nursing home patients and the facility that was entrusted to care for them. Beneficiaries of nursing home patients may pursue these charges if they feel the patient died unnecessarily of neglect, abuse or other actions. Cases where nursing home patients are receiving such … Continue reading How to Pursue Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases

Bed Sore Lawyer and Nursing Home Liability

Bed sores are some of the most common and pervasive ailments to beset nursing homes and their patients across the country. They are dangerous for elderly people as they lead to infection, sepsis and even death. Because nursing home residents are vulnerable, nursing home staff and medical professionals are legally obliged to act quickly and … Continue reading Bed Sore Lawyer and Nursing Home Liability

Minnesota May Soon Allow Cameras in Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, a Minnesota Senate panel approved a new bill that would allow the use of electronic monitoring devices inside nursing home and assisted living facility rooms.  The bill, which is meant to prevent maltreatment, was proposed amid a rise in complaints of elder abuse, The Star Tribune reported. According to Pioneer Press, the newspaper … Continue reading Minnesota May Soon Allow Cameras in Nursing Homes

Families Face Nursing Home Costs of Over $100,000 Per Year

The average private room in a nursing home costs over $100,000 a year according to a new study from Genworth. If that’s not shocking enough, a little-known legal doctrine in about half of U.S. states, called filial support laws, could hold the children of nursing home patients responsible for the long-term care bills. People who … Continue reading Families Face Nursing Home Costs of Over $100,000 Per Year

Daughter Says Hospital Left Mother with Alzheimer’s Locked Out in Middle of the Night

It’s every concerned daughter’s worst nightmare. Costanza Genoese Zerbi reportedly did what she could to provide the best possible care for her 84-year-old mother who started to show signs of Alzheimer’s dementia a year ago. Still, it wasn’t enough to protect her mother from exposure and endangerment. Zerbi placed her mother, Savina Genoese Zerbi, in … Continue reading Daughter Says Hospital Left Mother with Alzheimer’s Locked Out in Middle of the Night