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  • One Study Suggests a Portion of Nursing Home Residents May Never Be Seen by a Physician

    One study conducted by a health policy researcher in one state suggests some nursing home residents may never be seen by a doctor. The study took data from more than two million Medicare patients recently cleared from a hospital to a nursing home facility for rehabilitation care. Out of these residents, 10.4 percent never came in contact with a doctor or other qualified medical professional during their time at the facility.The study also suggests patients in rural areas of the country received ...  Read More...

  • Elder Advocates in One State Push Efforts to Reduce Nursing Home Abuse

    In one state, elder advocates are bringing light to nursing home abuse and neglect and are attempting to provide a solution. Senators are pushing the creation of “elder death review teams” in their state’s judicial circuits in hopes of eradicating instances of elder abuse. One bill pushed by the elder-advocating senators has passed through three senate committees thus far with no impediments.The elder death review teams would review and investigate cases where abuse or neglect ...  Read More...

  • Elder Allegedly Mishandled by her Caregiver, Video Surveillance May Prove Abuse

    A ninety-four year old woman was purportedly mishandled by her caretaker at a nursing home in one state. According to the arrest report, the alleged victim told her own son about the employee’s misconduct. Her son played back video surveillance located in the nursing home, confirming the employee’s abuse.The son reported the employee to the nursing home facility, and the employee has since been suspended.   Read More...

  • Bill Pending To Reduce The Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs

    A bill pending in one state will make it more difficult for nursing home facilities to administer antipsychotic drugs to nursing home residents if it passes. The purpose of the bill is to prevent nursing home patients from being drugged to reduce the level of care required. The patient may be less interactive, combative, etc.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Employee Found Guilty of Five Counts of Elder Abuse

    One former nursing home employee was found guilty of multiple counts of elder abuse after hidden cameras revealed mistreatment of a resident in her care. The victim’s family planted a video camera in their relative’s room at the nursing home facility after becoming suspicious that their loved one was being abused. The tapes were not played back until after the victim’s death.The defendant expressed guilt and regret following the jury trial.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Resident with Alzheimer's Allegedly Beaten by Nursing Home Employee, No Charges Yet

    One former nursing home employee may be prosecuted after admitting she injured an elderly resident in her care. According to the police statement, the employee hit the elderly resident in self-defense due the resident’s combative behavior. The resident suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.The employee admitted to police that she deeply regrets her actions but was “over-worked and tired.” The employee was immediately terminated, according to a state report.   Read More...

  • Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes under Scrutiny for Neglect, Underprivileged Care

    Some Veterans Affairs nursing homes have recently faced criticism for veterans' care, each instance ranging from moderate to severe neglect. At one VA nursing home, a demented resident had allegedly caught his foot in the crevices of his wheel chair and remained unassisted for several hours. Inspectors reported that staff would walk past the helpless resident yet no one paused to assist.   Read More...

  • Instances of Abuse and Neglect Causes Government Agency to Recoup Millions of Dollars from Nursing Homes

    For the 2018 government fiscal year, the Office of the Inspector General from Department of Health and Human Services is recovering $48.7 million previously distributed to nursing homes. Out of this collected money, a portion was returned because of civil and criminal court cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. $68,168 was reverted due to criminal convictions of employees and $1.3 million was calculated from lawsuit settlements, totaling $1.5 million.The figures do show to have decline...  Read More...

  • Disabled Veteran Allegedly Neglected by Long-term Care Staff, Family Seeking New Arrangements

    One family has accused a long-term facility of neglecting their disabled loved one, an Iraq veteran who suffers from a serious brain injury. The family claims the staff at the facility was negligent in providing even the most basic care for their brother. The veteran’s sister noted several concerns that “keep her up at night,” including permitting her brother to lie in a urine-soaked bed for extended periods of time.   Read More...

  • Senate to Decide Fate of Nursing Home Arbitration Provisions

    The Office of Management and Budget will soon decide whether to reverse a decision that bans arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts. The issue is whether nursing home facilities should require future residents to resolve disputes solely by arbitration. According to some supporters of the proposed legislation, arbitration is “faster and more efficient” than lawsuits and jury trials.However, one association for seniors strongly disagrees.   Read More...

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