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Study | Adverse Event During Post-Acute Stay in Nursing Home

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, conducted a four-year study by evaluating post-acute care provided in skilled nursing facilities. An adverse event is an event that resulted in harm (prolonged nursing home stay, transfer to the hospital, permanent harm, or death). This study concluded that the majority of the adverse…

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Is It Borderline?

The stories of elder abuse and neglect that come to me from all over California are always heartbreaking and tragic. We regularly see egregious examples of elderly patients in facilities who have suffered pressure sores, sepsis, fractures, unexplained injuries, and head injuries including subdural hematomas. Others have been given physical restraints, chemical restraints, or have…

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Do I Have A Case?

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. Several times each week, someone calls me because their Mom is suffering from one or more of the following problems: Head Injury Infections Medication Errors Bedsores Recurring falls Poor hygiene Being left in wet or dirty briefs Unavailable caregivers Caregivers who don’t respond to alerts…

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Watch Out For Residential Care Facilities That Accept Aggressive Residents

Do Assisted Living Facility accept Aggressive Residents? Your Mom or Dad Could Become a Victim The Residential Care Facility for the Elderly industry is becoming big business in their quest to fill beds.  And oftentimes their quest to fill beds is to the detriment of other residents’ safety.  In a recent story out of Florida,…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

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…

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Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities

Understaffed Nursing Home Facilities 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…

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Nursing Home Neglect is Against the Law

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…

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Personalized Music Playlist has a Positive Outcome on Dementia Resident

Personalized Music Playlist has a Positive Outcome on Dementia Resident 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”…

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Poorly Trained Nursing Home Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Abuse

Poorly Trained Nursing Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Elder Abuse A state and federal government report found that a nursing home violated mandatory reporting rules and failed to “recognize the behaviors of Sexual Elder Abuse.” Multiple nurses and staff at the nursing facility witnessed a male resident with dementia sexually abusing female residents with dementia.…

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Nursing Home Employees Caught Torturing Dementia Patients’ Comfort Dolls

Nursing Home Employees Caught Torturing Dementia Patients’ Comfort Dolls It still shocks me every time I read a story of nursing home employees caught doing unthinkable acts. This case involves two employees of a nursing home in England who videotaped each other bullying dementia patients by torturing their comfort dolls. Comfort dolls is a form…

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