Everything listed under: nursing home abuse and neglect

  • Nursing Home Reveals Additional Deficiencies After Repeat Violations

    A nursing home is under fire for more deficiencies after survey reports were released.  The facility already has a history of failures to offer quality care to its patients in a clean and safe environment.  Some of the failures involve direct patient care while others involve the facility itself. Faculty staff failed to administer medication correctly, maintain policies for record keeping, and properly feed residents.   Read More...

  • Patient Wanders From Facility, Freezes To Death

    A lawsuit has been filed against a nursing home facility after a patient suffering from heart-attack induced dementia wandered away from the facility and froze to death. the facility failed to report the patient was missing for more than 12 hours. The patient was found dead two days later next to a dumpster. “This is a tragedy that could have been prevented if the facility had followed its own policies and procedures,” said the family's attorney.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Facilities Must Be Watched To Ward Against Abuse

    Nursing home facilities come with the potential for abuse and families must be vigilant about the care of their loved ones. Two recent cases of abuse have brought the issue forward, causing concerns, and rightly so. One 29-year-old nursing home patient in a vegetative state was raped and later gave birth.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Facilities Ranked Best To Worst By State

    A recent survey revealed results of nursing home 5 star ratings of each state ranked in order from best to worst. Virginia was ranked number 40 out of 51. Below is a list of the results and how each state ranked on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 5 star rating system:1.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Adopts Stray Cat, Bring Cheer To Patients

    A cat that wandered into a nursing home has been adopted as part of the family. The name Oreo was given and patients have enjoyed having the cat around to bring warmth and joy. “Oreo is not a ‘lap cat’ but likes to be close,” said a facility representative. “She loves to have her head scratched.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Directs Kickback Scheme With Medical Director To Falsify Medicare Reimbursements

    A nursing home has been accused of using a "sham medical director" to help with a kickback scheme to put more money in the pockets of the owners and executives managing the facility. The physician was an orthopedic surgeon who ordered post-surgical therapy for Medicare reimbursements even when the therapy was unnecessary.  The facility owners, executive, administrator and physician have agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle the matter. “Disguising intricate kickba...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Repeats Care Violations, Still In Operation

    A nursing home has been under fire for repeated violations and fines cited by the state health department. The violations have taken place over the past year and a half. However, the facility is still in operation.   Read More...

  • Youth Group Brings Christmas Cheer To Nursing Home

    A church-led youth group brought some Christmas cheer through visits and fruit basket gifts. The 15-member youth group put the baskets together and brought them to the nursing home. The group is committed to volunteer work and community service. They spent time with the patients, prayed with them and talked to them.   Read More...

  • CMS, Courts Rule On Dementia Patients' Abilities To Consent To Sexual Conduct

    An appellate court in one state has ruled that two dementia patients having sexual conduct in a nursing home facility cannot be considered consensual. The patients are unable to make cognitive decisions and therefore are unable to consent. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have identified policies as follows: “Generally, sexual contact is nonconsensual if the resident either:Appears to want the contact to occur, but lacks the cognitive ability to consent; orDoes not want the conta...  Read More...

  • Assisted Living Facility Reprimanded For Failure To Report Patient Incidents Promptly

    An assisted living facility has been reprimanded for allowing incidents to go unreported by staff. Two incidents involving patients were not reported to authorities or family members promptly. "Staff understood their responsibilities to keep people safe and knew how to recognise and what action to take if they suspected someone was being abused. However, there were two instances of potential abuse which had taken a number of days to refer to the local safeguarding authority, which shou...  Read More...