Everything listed under: Nursing home

  • One State's "Class 1" Nursing Home Violations Published

    One state had several “Class 1” violations in nursing home facilities in April 2019, according to a recent press release. Some of the violations were found after a complaint and investigation was conducted, and one may have been a random inspection. Among these deficiencies included resident verbal abuse by employees, failure to take preventative measures to keep residents safe, and resident neglect by employees.   Read More...

  • Senate Finance Committee to Hold Hearing on Nursing Home Abuse

    There will be a Senate hearing held in March regarding the events and prevention of nursing home abuse and neglect. The chairman of the committee stated he remains concerned about the quality of care for “our most vulnerable citizens.” The chairman also expressed his horror from recent reports of a mentally incapacitated nursing home patient who was allegedly raped and impregnated by a worker.A member of the Department of Justice and a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Shortages Put Lives at Risk, According to Head of National Advocacy Group

    Families trust nursing homes to keep their loved ones safe. This care includes an expectation for nursing home staff to timely respond to residents’ calls of distress. As some nursing homes become alarmingly short-staffed, individuals and groups have expressed their concern about residents’ safety.   Read More...

  • Jury Awards $7.6 Million Against Nursing Home After Bowel Obstruction Death

    A jury awarded $7.6 million to the son and estate of a nursing home patient who died from complications of a bowel obstruction. The case involved inappropriate medical staff at the facility when the 71-year-old began vomiting and complaining about his abdomen.  The only medical person there was a licensed practical nurse, who called an off-site physician assistant to ask whether to send the man to the ER, which was less than a half-mile away. When the physician assistant declined and o...  Read More...

  • Study: Satisfaction, Quality Differ in Nursing Homes

    A recent study of data from all 50 states looked at “whether publicly available information about the quality of a nursing home is a good predictor of the level of satisfaction at individual homes.” Researchers found “a clear indication that satisfaction and quality are not the same things in nursing homes.”“Our results are very consistent with the notion that satisfaction is a different construct from quality, and it captures something different about the nursing home experience,” said the lead...  Read More...

  • Concerns Grow About Changes to Federal Regulation of Nursing Homes

    Concerns about quiet changes to the federal nursing home regulations have been raised as more people learn about the changes.The American Health Care Association, which represents the nursing home industry, sent letters to the President and to Thomas Price, who was then the Health & Human Services secretary, calling for modifications of the nursing home regulations. Subsequently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), charged with oversight of the nursing home industry, publ...  Read More...

  • Medicating Nursing Home Patients To Keep Them In Bed

    A nursing home paid multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle a lawsuit accusing it of medicating residents to keep them in bed so they were easier to manage.The lawsuit alleged that the nursing home prescribed a female patient heavy doses of anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety drugs leading to a deterioration in her overall condition. Facility staff allegedly told her nephew she was given the medications "to keep her in bed." According to the the U.S. Attorney's Office ...  Read More...

  • Research Offers Collaborative Opportunities For Nursing Homes To Reduce Infection From Catheters

    New collaborative efforts are showing that the rate of infection through the use of catheters can be reduced based on recent studies. Since 150,000 nursing home residents in the United States will receive catheters annually and half of those will develop catheter-associated urinary tract infections, efforts are being made to reduce that number. Infection preventionists (IPs) are joining in collaboration to reduce the risks. IPs are being encouraged to speak with physicians and staff about t...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Bed Rails Cause Concern For Entrapment, Death

    Nursing home bed rails are under review for the possibility of bed rail entrapment. Bed rail entrapment can cause death by asphyxia when a patient becomes caught between the mattress and the bed rail. Bed rails that come attached to beds have a less likely potential to entrap a patient.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Allows Maggots To Infest Patient's Face

    A nursing home patient has died after developing infected wounds in his face. The patient was sent to the hospital with facial wounds that had 50 or so maggots in them. The hospital was shocked and sent a complaint to authorities questioning the patient's treatment at the nursing home. An investigation determined that the nursing home failed to 'meet expected outcomes' in treating the patient's skin.   Read More...