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NJ Elder Abuse – Nursing Homes Evicting Tough Cases

An article published in The Record on May 9, 2016 highlights that nursing homes don’t want to handle complex and difficult cases and try to evict the residents.  Families are at loss as to what to do.  Many times, these discharges can be chal...

ASSESSING THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF NURSING HOMES

4 Tips for Finding Quality Nursing Home CareGuest Post by Andrew EganNursing homes or assisted living facilities can help take care of ailing family members or loved ones. At their best, nursing homes can provide a valuable service and essential care...

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Homes Try To Avoid Litigation Through Arbitration Clauses

The New York Times in an article on February 21, 2016 highlighted the ever increasing problem with nursing home agreements burying arbitration clauses in residency agreements to bar cases from being litigated in the courts.  The article features a M...

Nursing Home Abuse: Maggots Found In Feeding Tube Site

A nursing home resident in a Pennsylvania nursing home was found to have maggots crawling around and inside the insertion site of the feeding tube.  The hospital staff indicated that there was severe neglect of wound care and proper cleaning If you...

NJ Nursing Homes: New Law Monitoring Alzheimer’s Group Homes

Last week, Governor Christie signed a new law establishing more stringent oversight of alzheimer’s group homes.  Prior to this law, group homes were regulated by the Department of Affairs and there was very little oversight.  With this new la...

Nursing Home Abuse: Failure to Monitor Coumadin

The Washington Post published an article on July 12, 2015 addressing the dangers of the failure to monitor coumadin given to residents of nursing homes.  The Washington Post reports that at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died...

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 ...

Nursing Home Abuse: Complaints

A chain of nursing homes in Massachusetts was recently purchased by a new corporation, Synergy.  The complaints are continuing:  flimsy adult diapers, lax infection control, pressure sores, dirty dishes,  and not enough nurses. The article states...

Nursing Home Abuse: Choking

A Connecticut nursing home was fined after a resident, who was supposed to receive a pureed diet, was given a tray of chopped and not pureed food.  The nurse’s aide had mistakenly given the wrong tray to the resident.  The resident choked on...

Nursing Home Abuse: Bill Introduced To Permit Video Recording In Rooms

NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has introduced a bill (A-3883) on November 13, 2014 to permit video cameras and audio recorders in residents’ rooms to help prevent abuse and neglect by nursing home staff members.  The bill provides for visi...

Today is Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has declared November 20th as National Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day.  ...

Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurses

There is a discrepancy as to the nursing staffing levels  between the data collected by Medicare and the self reporting by nursing homes on the government’s public website, Nursing Home Compare.   A new law was enacted that was supposed to b...

Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million

On October 11, 2014, the New York Times reported that Extendicare  agreed to pay $38 million over claims of poor care.   The federal claims alleged that Extendicare inappropriately billed for physical therapy and provided such poor care to resident...

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: Lack of RN on Floor

On July 31, 2014, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky introduced a new bill, Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act,  H.R. 5373.  This bill seeks to require that a nursing home, accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments, have a registered nurse (R.

Nursing Home Neglect: Boston Jury Awards $14 Million

A Boston jury awarded $14 M in a case where a  90 year old resident had a festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract infection so severe it had invaded her blood stream, kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, and severe...

Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Embezzled Funds

A Rhode Island nursing home owner embezzled funds and let the nursing homes fail.  The federal authorities have agreed to a $1.2 million settlement. To read more:  http://www.mcknights.com/doj-approval-of-12-million-deal-ends-case-of-owner-who-used...

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...


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