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Is South Dakota Facing A Nursing Home Funding Crisis?

Two proposals in South Dakota aim to address a $42-million Medicaid funding shortfall that has closed nine nursing homes and could shut down more facilities in the coming months, according to Argus Leader. Legislation introduced by Rep. Steven McCleerey (D-Sisseton) proposes to bridge the funding gap with an infusion of $8 million in state money, matched … Continue reading Is South Dakota Facing A Nursing Home Funding Crisis?

Seven Nurses Indicted for Nursing Home Patients’ Mistreatment and Death

Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced Thursday that seven nurses from Whetstone Gardens and Care Center, a Columbus nursing home, have been indicted on 34 combined charges including gross patient neglect and involuntary manslaughter, according to CNN. One was a contract nurse practitioner, the other six were employees in 2017 when one patient suffered physical harm … Continue reading Seven Nurses Indicted for Nursing Home Patients’ Mistreatment and Death

Perpetrator Charged in Nursing Home Birth Case in Arizona

UPDATED: According to the New York Times, a 36-year-old nurse named Nathan Sutherland was charged with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse. Two months ago a patient in a vegetative state in Arizona gave birth which launched an investigation of mistreatment, rape, and abuse within nursing homes. Attorney Rick Romley has been hired to look … Continue reading Perpetrator Charged in Nursing Home Birth Case in Arizona

Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Must Report Deaths to Coroners

A 2016 PennLive investigation found that 46 Pennsylvania nursing home residents died from poor care and neglect between 2013 and 2015. Last November, PennLive published a follow-up investigation showing evidence that some of Pennsylvania’s most troubled nursing homes haven’t improved their standards of care for the elderly, despite an attorney general’s lawsuit and pledges of … Continue reading Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Must Report Deaths to Coroners

Discoveries May Improve Identification of Alzheimer’s in African Americans

There’s some much-needed good news on the science horizon when it comes to older African Americans and Alzheimer’s disease, according to MedPage Today. This is a particularly salient development because African Americans have a significantly higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, perhaps even twice as high than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. In a study published in … Continue reading Discoveries May Improve Identification of Alzheimer’s in African Americans

At Long Last, New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease?

At first glance, there seems to be no good news and little reason for hope when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. Currently 5.7 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s at an annual cost to the nation of $227 billion. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States overall, and the fifth … Continue reading At Long Last, New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Arizona Woman’s Story Draws Attention to Nursing Home Rape

Earlier in January, an Arizona case involved a woman, who was in a coma, gave birth to a child. A 911 call reported that the baby was born in a nursing home. Authorities arrived at the scene and shockingly realize that the woman experienced nursing home rape while in a vegetative state. When investigators arrived, … Continue reading Arizona Woman’s Story Draws Attention to Nursing Home Rape

New Rules Increase Staffing Requirements in California Nursing Homes

In July 2018, new staffing requirements were quietly passed for California nursing homes as a part of the states yearly budget bill. The new rules require nursing facilities to provide at least 3.5 hours of direct care per resident per day, an increase from the previous 3.2 hours. The goal is for nursing home staff … Continue reading New Rules Increase Staffing Requirements in California Nursing Homes

Study Shows Unemployment Rates Impact Nursing Home Care

A study conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and published to the Gerontologist found that nursing homes see improvement in care quality and employee retention during periods of economic recession and worsens when the economy is good. This is among one of the first known studies to examine how fluctuations in business cycles (economic … Continue reading Study Shows Unemployment Rates Impact Nursing Home Care

Judge Revokes FL Nursing Home License After 12 Died in Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was a Category 4 storm that swept through North and Central Florida in early Sept. 2017. This storm brought destruction and tragedy for many, but as of early Jan. 2019, some are now getting justice. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has been formally charged with negligence as reported by News4Jax in January … Continue reading Judge Revokes FL Nursing Home License After 12 Died in Hurricane Irma

$1.25 Million Awarded in New Jersey Negligence Lawsuit

A recent settlement in a New Jersey court in the negligence lawsuit of Shirley Burrows recently ended in a large settlement that may ease some of the plaintiff’s suffering. 72-year-old Shirley Burrows was admitted to the Newfane Rehab & Health Care Center after visiting the hospital for three bed sores that were considered at the … Continue reading $1.25 Million Awarded in New Jersey Negligence Lawsuit

NY Council Approves Owners With Histories of Negligent Care

Many patients in nursing homes will not be aware that their home has changed ownership. Many families will not receive much more than a brightly-colored and enthusiastic pamphlet of how the new owners plan to shake things up. But both parties trust that if there is a change in ownership, then it is only from … Continue reading NY Council Approves Owners With Histories of Negligent Care

2018 Review: America’s Nursing Homes Under Increasing Strain

A December 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, “What’s a nursing home to do?” takes a thoughtful look at the complex interplay of factors contributing to a looming financial and operational crisis for America’s nursing homes in the coming years and decades. The article addresses issues specifically facing long-term care skilled nursing facilities, not short-term skilled nursing … Continue reading 2018 Review: America’s Nursing Homes Under Increasing Strain

Should Nursing Homes Be Rewarded or Punished for Patient Re-Hospitalization?

B. F. Skinner, father of operant conditioning – the reward and punishment theory of behavioral reinforcement – would certainly be pleased to see his life’s work applied in a massive new federal government healthcare policy experiment. Medicare’s new carrot and stick reimbursement approach, the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program, kicked in October 1st, the … Continue reading Should Nursing Homes Be Rewarded or Punished for Patient Re-Hospitalization?

Can Bedsores Lead to Death?

Can bedsores lead to death? For actor Christopher Reeve, the answer was yes. Best known for playing Superman, Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in a 1995 horseback riding accident at the age of 42. Reeve quickly became the poster child of spinal cord injury recovery, amazing doctors and the public by beating the … Continue reading Can Bedsores Lead to Death?

Diversity in Nursing: Creating Better Healthcare for Everyone

“Diversity” can mean the variations of age, race, gender or other demographics that live among humans. Diversity touches disability, sexuality, socioeconomic status and religion. Nurses work with the intersectionality of it all, which is why there is growing support for diversity in the nursing field. Client relationships are found to be more effective when there … Continue reading Diversity in Nursing: Creating Better Healthcare for Everyone

Private Equity Investors Chase Nursing Home Profits While Patients Suffer

From brain hemorrhages, opioid overdoses and hip fractures to bedsores, bruises and infections – inadequate staffing at nursing homes can have traumatic and even deadly consequences for frail and elderly patients whose lives depend on quality round-the-clock care. There’s no question that putting nursing home profits over patients is dangerous. Ownership matters when it comes … Continue reading Private Equity Investors Chase Nursing Home Profits While Patients Suffer

4 Christmas Nursing Home Activities to Spread Holiday Cheer

The holidays are a time for people to come together and celebrate the blessings that they have in their lives. It’s also a time to share our hearts and high spirits with those who may need it more. People living in nursing homes have to learn new ways to experience the joy of the holidays. … Continue reading 4 Christmas Nursing Home Activities to Spread Holiday Cheer

An Overview of Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers & Lawsuits

Nursing home negligence is a serious issue in the facilities in the United States and abroad. However, sometimes nursing home negligence may be hard to recognize. Residents who have been injured in nursing homes may be eligible for compensation. When is a Nursing Home Liable for Damages? A nursing home can be sued based on the … Continue reading An Overview of Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers & Lawsuits

Protect Your Family: Know the 10 Best and Worst Nursing Home States

Choosing to admit a loved one into a nursing home is an incredibly difficult decision. The many factors – money, reviews, availability, geographical location – can become, at least, overwhelming. At the end of the day, families want their loved ones receive the utmost care and be in the hands of experienced, compassionate medical professionals … Continue reading Protect Your Family: Know the 10 Best and Worst Nursing Home States