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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

GETTING GOOD CARE IN THE NURSING HOME

Isn’t that all we want for our loved ones? Pretty simple isn’t it? I just read an interesting book which is a must for family members who want to understand how to optimize the care received by their loved ones who live in a nursing home. The book, An Insider’s Guide to Better Nursing Home…[Read More]

UNDERSTAFFED NURSING HOMES

Many nursing homes are focused on one thing…no, not providing good quality health care but their focus in on PROFIT. Profit above all else. What do nursing homes do to increase profits? They reduce the size and training level of staff. Instead of 15 nurses taking care of 50 residents they will “save” some money…[Read More]

MULTIPLE FALLS AND SERIOUS INJURIES

Many nursing home residents are at increased risk for falling due to their medications, muscle weakness, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, the use of walkers or canes, etc. I just read of a tragic story on this very problem and a nursing homes failure to take appropriate action. An 82 year old California nursing home resident who…[Read More]

TRACKING TECHNOLOGY AND NURSING HOME PATIENTS

My local paper (The Roanoke Times) ran an Associated Press article yesterday entitled, “Tracking Technology Applies to Patients.” The article discussed the development of radio wave beacons and GPS systems to help families and nursing homes know the whereabouts of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. This is great news for a terrible problem. The problem…[Read More]

GRANDMA’S ROOMMATE – FELON? PREDATOR?

Who is living in the nursing home near your Grandmom? Kind and gracious elderly people who may need assistance? Yes, probably. Patients with aggressive tendancies because of dementia, head injury or prior aggression issues? Yes, likely.What about convicted felons and sex offenders? Do they live on Grandma’s hall? According to the Chicago Tribune, the answer…[Read More]

GOVERNMENT REPORT SHINES LIGHT ON BAD NURSING HOMES

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), almost 4 percent (580) of the 16,000 nursing homes in the United States could be considered “the most poorly performing” under CMS’s Special Focus Facility program. States currently identify some 755 nursing homes (the 15 worst in each state) as “candidates” for the program. Under the GAO’s methodology,…[Read More]

MEDICATION ERRORS IN NURSING HOMES

My law firm hears about medication errors in nursing home way too frequently. How about one resident (who is not diabetic) who is injected with insulin meant for another patient. Or, a resident’s records clearly reflect an allergy to certain medications yet the patient receives the medication to which she is allergic day after day…[Read More]

FALLS IN NURSING HOMES: IS THERE ANYTHING NEW TO REDUCE THE RISK?

The answer is “yes.” The advancement of medical technology continues to address this serious, and potentially life-threatening, problem for the elderly and I wanted to share some new technology with our readers. The “Smart Fall Prevention System” is being utilized in some Louisiana nursing homes to reduce the risk of these falls. Each resident is…[Read More]