New research from the University of Eastern Finland published Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that antipsychotic medications were associated with a 29% increased risk of head injuries and a 22% increased risk of traumatic brain injuries in Alzheimer’s patients. While a connection between antipsychotics and increased fall risk in … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Patients Taking Antipsychotic Drugs Suffer Cranial Injury Risk
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
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?
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are a persistent and common problem affecting nursing home residents across the country. More severe bedsores are associated with higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays, and costly treatment. According to the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, out of 1.5 million nursing home residents that … Continue reading When Do Bedsores Start?
Those with family or friends in nursing homes like to believe that their infirm loved ones are receiving the consistent, quality medical and nursing care they could not otherwise receive at home. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Take Central Ohio, for instance, where between January 2017 and September 2018 the state Attorney General’s … Continue reading Ohio Nursing Home Investigated Following Abuse and Neglect Allegations
West’s Encyclopedia for American Law defines wrongful death as, “the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.” In other words, if someone is killed because of the negligent or abusive behavior of another person, the victim’s beneficiaries have ground to file wrongful death … Continue reading Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death Case Settled in Bremerton
A 75-page investigative report entitled “Sheltering in Danger: How Poor Emergency Planning and Response Put Nursing Homes Residents at Risk During Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” was released Nov. 2 by the Democratic minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid matters. The report called for increased nursing home disaster preparedness standards. The … Continue reading New Senate Report Slams Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness, Makes Recommendations
A recently published study has discovered that nursing home residents are spending more time receiving high-intensity therapy and rehabilitation treatment at the end of their life. The therapies are unnecessary and potentially harmful to patients but reap significant financial benefits for for-profit nursing home facilities, the study published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care … Continue reading High-Intensity Therapy Unnecessarily Pushed by Nursing Homes, Data Shows