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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Use of Haldol for dementia / Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes

So the FDA says the following about using Haldol for a dementia / Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. Read it carefully, the language is not soft but very clear:  WARNING Increased Mortality in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death….[Read More]

Can they do that?

Families call our office all the time with the question, “Can they do that?” Meaning, can the nursing home: Change Mom’s Oxygen from 3L to 2L? Change Dad’s medications without notifying families? Discharge Grandmom on day 99 when her Medicare ends on day 100? Refuse to apply for Medicaid benefits but rather bill the family…[Read More]

Was that injury caused by neglect, negligence or was it the body’s nature course of action?

Is a pressure ulcer (bed sore) the result of neglect or negligent care? Sometimes.  Is a fall the result of neglect or negligent care? Sometimes. Is a stroke the result of negligent care? Occasionally.  Is malnutrition or dehydration the result of neglect or negligent care? Often times. We have folks call our office, upset, angry,…[Read More]

Ask. Ask again. Be clear. Ask until you get the answer you want.

Busy morning. I have received three calls already from three separate solicitors asking me to advertise my law firm in their book / website / online catalog etc.  I kindly told all three we had spoken a few weeks back, and I didn’t have it in my advertising budget to advertise with them and I would…[Read More]

Researcher Finds Understaffing, Poor Work Conditions Can Lead to Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

That’s right.  You heard it here first!  Breaking news! I recently ran across an article which reported on a researcher’s effort to determine the causes elder abuse in nursing homes. The researcher, Carolyn Pickering, spoke with the first line care givers at nursing homes, the nursing aids, and she learned that understaffing (too many residents for too few…[Read More]

Virginia nursing home wound care negligence

  I was meeting with a family this week and they mentioned home health had been giving their loved one care for months when he developed two heel ulcers. They went on to explain that home health never mentioned the ulcers, told the doctors about the ulcers, or explained what had happened to the patient. …[Read More]