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NJ Elder Abuse: Bill for Peggy’s Law Is Pending

Elder law abuse exists in assisted living and long term care facilities.  There is a bill pending before the Legislature (no date for hearing set) that would amend the statute requiring the reporting to the ombudsman.  The proposed bill, called ...

Elder Abuse By Home Health Care Aides

The family of a 99 year old Staten Island husband and father wanted him to live at home and spend his final years with dignity.  The family discovered, through use of videos obtained through cameras installed in the home, that the home-health aides...

Nursing Home Abuse: The New York Times Reports Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes To Game The System

On August 25, 2014, The New York Times published an extensive article on the issue that nursing homes are using Medicare five star ratings as a seal of approval when in reality , the nursing homes are providing Medicare with incomplete information th...

Nursing Home Abuse: Congress Seeks Briefing From Medicare Regarding “Five Star” Ratings

Washington, DC (Aug. 26, 2014)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to address serious...

Nursing Home Abuse: Homicide Charge

An Indiana nursing home employee is facing criminal charges including reckless homicide in the death of a resident.  A witness saw the employee abusing the resident and the pathologist determined that the abuse was consistent with the finding of a b...

Nursing Home Abuse: Murder of Resident

A medical technician, who is terminally ill, has confessed to murdering a resident in 2007.  The authorities found no liability on the nursing home citing that the employee had a clean record and good references.  However, another nursing home empl...

Assisted Living Abuse: Jail Sentence For Coverup

An owner of an assisted living facility was sentenced to 3 years in jail for attempting to cover up his negligence in leaving a room unsafe causing an 84 year old dementia resident to fall through a hole in the floor.  The assisted living facility o...

For Caregivers: Three Tips on Protecting Elders from Neglect

Guest Post As only a part-time caregiver to my grandmother, I feel fortunate that her caregivers are both caring and attentive to her needs and respect her as an individual. However, I’m all too aware that senior neglect and abuse are wide...

Elder Law Abuse: June 14th Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  “WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY” ; Friday, June 14, 2013 ;  ; GOVERNMENTAL AND UN PERSPECTIVES ; Speakers include representatives from the United Nations,  the United States, Canada and other governments ; 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm ET ; L...

Nursing Home Abuse: Resident-To-Resident

A study by the Department of Health Policy & Management at the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study of 249 nursing homes in 10 states and found that most homes experienced verbal, physical, material and psychological abuse.  Sexual abuse w...

Elder Abuse: Unsolicited Robocalls from Medical Alert Companies

Bogus medical alert companies are targeting the elderly with calls for free services and are seeking personal information such as medicare, medicaid, social security numbers, bank accounts and charge cards.  Just hang up or don’t disclose any...

N.J. Elder Abuse Law: Homes for Seniors

The Record published a comprehensive article on December 23, 2012, “At homes for seniors a grim record of lapses”.  This article focuses on “Alzheimers Homes” which are not governed by the Department of Health.  Rather, thes...

Nursing Home Abuse: Sunrise Senior Living, Edgewater, NJ

The Record reports today that a lawsuit has been filed against Sunrise Senior Living in Edgewater, NJ alleging that an assisted living resident with dementia had suffered extensive bruises on her face and head as well as having her belongings stolen.

Elder Abuse: Pressure Ulcers Also Known As Bedsores

On August 15, 2012, the New York Times, in an article about a giant hospital chain, reported that “Bedsores are ugly, painful wounds that can easily become infected and lead to dangerous complications for patients in hospitals.  Bedsores are a...

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Home Employee Befriends And Steals From Resident

On June 23, 2012, The Record reports that an employee of Maple Glen Nursing Home was arrested for stealing from a resident.  The employee befriended the resident, an 82 year old man, and became his power of attorney and misused his funds.  She stol...

Elder Abuse: Two Residents Sue Assisted Living Facility for Staff Assault

On June 13, 2012, the Star-Ledger reported that two Alzheimer’s residents  at  Sunrise Assisted Living of Morris Plains, NJ filed suit alleging that they were repeatedly physically assaulted by the facility’s staff.  The complaint alle...

Nursing Home Abuse: Physical Restraints

A study published in the May 23/30 issue of the Journal of American Medicine reports that group training sessions wherein the nurses and staff  were taught best practices to prevent restraints and instructed on behavioral alternatives to restraints...

Elder Abuse: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15, 2012

President Obama has issued a Proclamation recognizing world elder abuse awareness day on June 15.  This proclamation states: “Every American deserves the chance to live out the full measure of their days in health and security.  Yet, every ye...

Elder Law Abuse: New Jersey Legislature Advances Act To Protect Elder Abuse Known As “Granny Snatching”

The New Jersey legislature is advancing a bill, the New jersey Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, which would allow New Jersey to join the national guardianship reciprocity network followed by 30 states. The issue involve...

Elder Abuse: Con Men Calling Seniors

The Star Ledger reports that in New Jersey, 3,500 seniors were victims of scams by con men in 2010 and 2011. The article discusses a telephone call received by an elderly woman from someone who stated that he was her grandson and that he was in the h...


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