Blog Posts - Nursing Home Abuse



Nursing Home Abuse: Diabetes

A study published in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease. 2012; 12(5):238-242, found that residents with diabetes are a vulnerable group in nursing homes.   Diabetes is a known independent risk factor for admission to a nursing hom...

Nursing Home Abuse: Overdose of Medication

The Chicago Tribune reports that a nursing home is being sued for giving a resident an overdose of medications.  The lawsuit alleges incorrect and excessive administration of medication and failure to monitor. To read more:  http://articles.chicago...

Nursing Home Abuse: Profits Over People

Federal officials have joined a lawsuit against a former operator of a Mississippi nursing home for Medicare and Medicaid fraud based on the filing of claims for services not provided.  The facts suggest “profits over people”.   The al...

Nursing Home Abuse: Maggots

The family of a 90 year old alzheimer’s nursing home  resident has filed suit in Chicago for breach of standard of care based on the finding of 57 maggots growing in the resident’s ear. To read more:  http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...

Nursing Home Abuse: Unprepared for Disaster Storm

The New York Times reported on November 10, 2012, the total lack of preparedness on the part of Promenade nursing home in Rockaway Park, Queens, NY during Hurricane Sandy.  Power was lost and the backup generator, which was located on the ground flo...

Nursing Home Abuse: Deaths From Bed Rails

On November 26, 2012, the New York Times reported on a case of a nursing home resident being strangled to death after getting her neck caught in the side rail used to prevent her from falling out of bed.  From 2003 through 2012, 150 people died afte...

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Homes Overcharge Medicare $1.5 Billion

The Wall Street Journal reports that nursing home has overcharge Medicare every year by $1.5 billion for skilled services. To read more:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324073504578115390581083074.html?mod=googlenews_wsj If you are lo...

Nursing Home Abuse: Court Rejects Defense That Handful Of Missed Assessments/Treatment Did Not Cause Adverse Effect To Long Standing Pressure Ulcer

In Golden Living Center – Trussville v. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, DAB No. CR2634 (September 28, 2012), the nursing home argued that on the “handful of occasions” when the staff missed assessments and treatment would unlik...

Nursing Home Abuse: Facility’s Defense That Error Is In The Documentation and Not The Care Fails

In Golden Living Center – Trussville v. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, DAB No. CR2634 (September 28, 2012),  the nursing home argued that the errors were with documentation and not the standard of care and that simply because a n...

Nursing Home Abuse: Senate Bill Requiring Informed Consent For Antipsychotics

On September 20, 2012, Senators Kohl (D-WI), Grassley (R-IA) and Blumental (D-CT) introduced Senate Bill 3604, the Improving Dementia Care Treatment for Older Adults Act, which would require nursing homes, accepting Medicare and Medicaid, to obtain i...

Nursing Home Abuse: Sexual Assault Of A Resident

The Knoxville News reported that an 89 year old female resident with severe dementia was raped by a man that she did not know.  The Department of Health and Human Services/CMS report found that the nursing home failed to notify the resident’s...

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: Bed Rails Are Restraints

On June 20, 2012, the National Consumer Voice has issued a statement of the dangers of bed rails to the elderly.   Bed rails are prohibited from use as a form of physical restraint.  The author of the statement found that although may family membe...

Nursing Home Abuse: MRSA Infections

A study published on June 5, 2012 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that there is a significant association found between MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus auereus) and cleaning practices of nursing homes.  The study...

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...

Nursing Home Abuse: Fall Risks Of Newly Admitted Residents

Healthday reports a new study finds that one in five newly admitted nursing home residents suffers falls within one month and that higher levels of certified nursing home assistants reduce falls. To read more:  http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.

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...

Nursing Home Abuse: Pressure Ulcers and Feeding Tubes

The American Medical Association has published a study of the benefits and risks of PEG feeding tubes for healing and prevention of pressure ulcers in advanced dementia patients.  Advanced dementia patients are known to develop eating problems that...

Nursing Home Abuse: Use of Antipsychotic Drugs Is A Hidden Peril to Residents

On April 29, 2012, the Boston Globe published an extensive article on the hidden peril of antipsychotic drugs being used by nursing homes to control behavior of residents.  The article reports that federal data show that 185,000 nursing home residen...


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