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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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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: 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: 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...

Nursing Home Abuse: Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit

A wrongful death suit was filed against a Texas nursing home  alleging negligent care in causing pressure ulcers.  The resident had Alzheimer’s and Parkinson/s diseases.  The care plan required a pressure reducing device on the bed and frequ...

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack Of Informed Consent

A National Study has concluded that many nursing homes fail to obtain  informed consent prior to the implementation of medical treatments.  Informed consent is obtained only when the proposed medical treatment is explained to the resident and the r...

Nursing Home Abuse: Avoidable Hospitalizations

A new study published in Medical Care, Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association, has concluded that three fifths of hospitalizations were potentially avoidable and the majority of these hospitalizations were fo...

Nursing Home Abuse: Antipsychotic Drugs To Control Behavior Is A Chemical Restraint

The Record had an excellent article on Sunday, July 14, 2013, on the use of psychotic drugs to control behavior and the attempts by nursing homes to wean residents off the drugs with more personalized attention.  Antipsychotic drugs, administered to...

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: 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: 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...


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