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Drugs Are Making Seniors Fall Down and Die

Drugs Are Making Seniors Fall Down and Die                 A study published last month in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety (PDS) reports that in a study of more than 370,000 deaths between 1999 and 2017, the use of fall-risk increasing drugs, and deaths due to falls, are on the rise. Furthermore, the percent of people receiving at…

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‘I Care A Lot’ In Real Life

‘I Care A Lot’ In Real Life                 The recent movie on Netflix, I Care A Lot, features the actress Alicia Witt playing the corrupt Dr. Karen Amos, who finds unsuspecting patients and connects them to a crooked legal guardian named Marla Grayson, played by Rosamund Pike. Marla compensates Karen with stock options for her part…

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Revisiting Visitation at Nursing Homes

Revisiting Visitation at Nursing Homes                 At last count, more than 172,000 have died, and 1.3 million residents and employees have been infected at 31,000 nursing home facilities across the United States, according to the New York Times. As much as the Coronavirus has decimated nursing home populations, another consequence of the virus is that families…

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5-Star Nursing Home Rating System Is A Farce

The 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System Is A Farce It seemed like a good idea in December 2008 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rolled out a 5-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. By definition, a 5-star rating means that a facility ranks in…

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Dumping Nursing Home Patients for Profit

Dumping Nursing Home Patients; Yet Another New Low                In yet another new low for the (for-profit) nursing home industry, now comes news of a settlement in a lawsuit by the City Attorney of Los Angeles. The original complaint accused Lakeview Terrace Skilled Nursing Facility in Westlake of dumping elderly and seriously ill residents to take…

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Falsifying Records?! Nursing Home Fraud

Falsifying Records?! Nursing Home Fraud. How Low They Will Go!                At York Law Firm, it’s fair to say that we’ve seen it all when it comes to nursing homes. Elder care is big business, so companies involved in providing long-term care are prone to look for ways to cut corners, shave costs, and goose profits.…

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Private Equity Owners and Nursing Homes From Hell

Private Equity Owners and Nursing Homes From Hell                 Long before the Coronavirus infected and killed more than 150,000 nursing home residents and staff, there was another invisible and silent killer at work systematically causing death and destruction, namely Private Equity owners. According to a study published by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago,…

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Nursing Home Employee Safety Compromised

Nursing Home Employee Safety Compromised                Bad enough that more than 100,000 senior citizens in nursing homes have died so far from the Coronavirus, now, add to that toll tens of thousands of nursing home employees who were also infected and died. According to the New York Times, more than 163,000 people in nursing homes (residents…

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Covid in Nursing Homes

Ageism at Its Worst In New York – Covid in Nursing Homes                Political leaders are under fire from many different sides for their bungling of the Coronavirus epidemic.  New York made at least two critical mistakes in the past year, both of which were horrible in different ways. The first terrible decision was to send…

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Investigating COVID Deaths in Nursing Homes

Investigating COVID Deaths in Nursing Homes                At some point, the Coronavirus epidemic will end, and we will have time to contemplate how and why so many senior citizens in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes contracted the disease and died. No doubt, the fact that people died is telling, in and of itself, and points…

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