Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints are…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

Somewhere in your cell phone or credit card contract, buried in the fine print is a mandatory arbitration clause which waives your right to a jury trial and instead binds you to arbitration if there is ever a dispute.  You may not have known that you have waived your right to hold a corporation accountable…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Your mom and dad are getting older, and can no longer live on their own.  They can still walk, talk, and are mentally and emotionally stable, but they need assistance with daily activities that most people take for granted – eating, dressing, bathing, brushing their teeth, or need help with housekeeping.  Where do they go?…

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Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities

Elders residing in nursing care and residential care facilities often do not receive the care you would expect.  Many residents are abused or neglected.  They contract illnesses, suffer from untreated wounds that become infections, and in severe cases, they may die. One of the main causes of nursing home abuse and neglect is a direct…

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Nursing Home Neglect is Against the Law

Nursing home abuse is morally reprehensible and against the law.  However, it is still a prevalent problem.  What would motivate nursing home facilities to break the law?  Profit.  Nursing homes run like a business – they will act in a way which maximizes profits at the expense of their patients’ health and safety. To achieve…

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Recent Study Concludes that a Personalized Music Playlist has a Positive Outcome on Older Adults with Dementia

Dementia affects over 5 million people in the United States. Facilities that are overworked and understaffed sometimes characterize behaviors of older people with dementia as “resistant behavior.” Nursing homes and long-term care facilities jump to chemical restraints (drugs) to manage what they characterize as “disruptive” behavior of dementia residents, when in reality dementia residents do…

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Discovery Sanctions Issued Against Defense Attorney for Sexist Comment

Federal Judge Paul Grewal from the Northern District of California recently issued an order in a civil rights case against the defense counsel on a Motion Seeking Sanctions and to Compel Discovery when the defense counsel, during a deposition, said it was not “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition.…

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Poorly Trained Nursing Home Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Abuse

A state and federal government report found that a nursing home violated mandatory reporting rules and failed to “recognize the behaviors of sexual abuse.” Multiple nurses and staff at the nursing facility witnessed a male resident with dementia sexually abusing female residents with dementia. The nursing home did not take action. Other residents and employees…

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