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Nursing Home Abuse

Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Settles for $1M

Helen Menneke (83 years old), formerly of Mundelein (IL), was admitted to Winchester House in Libertyville in January of 2004, suffering from dementia. She fell several times over the course of the year, suffering a brain injury and broken bones. After one such fall, nurses implemented an alarm system for beds and wheelchairs. Injuries from…[Read More]

HOME HEALTH NURSES

I recently spoke with a lady on the telephone who was complaining her aunt had received neglectful care from a home health nurse and suffered severe injuries as a result. The caller concluded that “it is a shame she wasn’t in a nursing home…because now no one can be held responsible.” For whatever reason, many…[Read More]

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

We get asked all the time, “what is the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility? The answer might surprise you. Nursing homes are highly regulated by federal law and must have around the clock trained nursing care. An assisted living facility (often called an ALF) can be nothing more than a…[Read More]

NURSING HOMES: WHAT IS ABUSE AND NEGLECT?

Federal law provides that all residents in nursing homes are entitled to receive quality care and live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of their physical and mental health. This entitlement includes freedom from neglect and abuse. But what is the difference between “abuse” and “neglect?” Neglect is the failure to care…[Read More]

NURSING HOME AIDE GOING TO JAIL

This story should disturb everyone! A Portland, Oregon Judge ripped the staff for the deplorable conditions at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center. An aide at the facility, Cammy Elaine Nye, dropped a 60 year old resident (Linda Ober) who broke her legs as a result. The worst part…the nursing staff allowed Mrs. Ober to…[Read More]

POOR GRADES FOR ROANOKE AREA NURSING HOMES

The report card is out and things don’t look very good for nursing homes in Western Virginia. A new national study finds that such problems are not uncommon. Inspectors cited 94 percent of nursing homes last year for federal health and safety standards, the Department of Health and Human Services reported this week. Sadly, the…[Read More]

MORE BAD NEWS ABOUT NURSING HOMES

Hey America, how do you like this news? The Washington Post reports that more than 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes were cited for violating federal care standards in each of the past three years, according to the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. For-profit facilities — the most common type…[Read More]

KUDOS TO THE FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA NEWSPAPER!

The issue of whether it is fair to include mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing home admission contracts is an issue I’ve been writing about (and fighting in court) for the last 5 years. Congress is now looking into banning this practice which prevents nursing home residents and their families from holding the facilities accountable in…[Read More]