Everything listed under: nursing home abuse

  • 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...

  • Nursing Home Patient Death Ruled Neglect, Facility Unpenalized

    A nursing home has yet to be held responsible for the death of a patient due to neglect. The patient was admitted to the nursing home with dementia. The patient was stable for a few years, until suddenly she became lethargic and stopped eating.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Closing, Loses Funding

    A nursing home that is closing has been denied Medicare and Medicaid funding. The facility received several citations that involved a lack of cleanliness, wound care, and medication errors. The hold on payments to reimbursement patient costs was publicized after the health inspections took place. An investigation of a patient's death also led to an investigation.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Staffing Concerns In One State Brought Before The House

    Nursing homes in one state are revealing a major understaffing epidemic. The epidemic is being blamed for increased abuse and neglect suffered by nursing home patients. Expert testimony was brought before the House of Representatives to address the issue. "Abuse gets more headlines, but neglect has more victims," said the nursing home expert during the hearing.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Union Workers Go On Strike Due To Understaffing Of Facility

    Union workers at a nursing home facility went on strike for two weeks to protest understaffing and mismanagement of the nursing home. The nursing home workers say the owner is pushing them to work double shifts and spending less on staffing to save money for profits. The facility had to hire temporary workers during the strike. “This facility is making profits at three times the statewide average," said a union representative.   Read More...

  • Former Nursing Home Employee Makes Plea Deal For Sexual Assault

    A former nursing home employee made a plea deal after being charged on two counts with sexually assaulting a patient. The former employee was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He will also go on the sex offender list, with a requirement to comply and with sex offender laws and will go to sex offender therapy.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home To Settle Pending Lawsuits

    Two nursing home lawsuits are in the process of settling.  One lawsuit involves a patient who wandered from the facility.  The patient died and the facility was fined $25,000. The state cited that the facility "failed to ensure the door alarm to the courtyard on the facility's Alzheimer's Unit was engaged and the door not propped open." The facility plans to settle for $1 million.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Lawsuit Pending For Forged DNR Paperwork

    A nursing home is being sued for a do not rescucitate order. The husband of a former nursing home patient says the order was forged. He believes she died under the order and should have been rescucitated at the time of her death.She went to the nursing home after her colon cancer progressed.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Theft Of Dementia Patient

    Nursing home employees are accused of swindling $750,000 from a dementia patient. The employees including a hairstylists received large checks they cashed from her. Other employees also went to the ATM using her account to withdraw funds. A guardian has been put in place to assume responsibility for her finances to protect her from future theft.   Read More...

  • Nursing Homes Audited For Staffing Levels

    A state auditor general is auditing nursing homes that previously struggled with adequate staffing to provide quality care to patients. The state department of health was under scrutiny for not properly enforcing rules, citations, and fines. The auditor general detailed his purpose in the audit. "Not only that they're having enough staff, but that they're having enough direct care and enough direct care time, and that the fines are signficant enough that a nursing home doesn...  Read More...