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Obtaining Medical Records – Part 1

Felicia Whitcomb was 89 and lived in a skilled nursing facility here in Northern California. Felicia required two CNAs to lift her safely out of bed.  Unfortunately, her care facility was understaffed, which meant that the staff had to take shortcuts.  One day, Felicia’s nursing assistant tried to get her out of bed without the…

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What It’s Like To Be A Patient At A Nursing Home During COVID-19

The death toll at nursing homes in the United States from the Coronavirus continues to climb. According to the New York Times, of the estimated 110,000 deaths so far, approximately one-third (~35,000) are residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and institutions that care for the elderly. With residents continuing to die, more people are…

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Burns from Cigarettes

A fairly common occurrence at nursing home is when a resident cigarette smoker suffers a cigarette burn to some part of their body. When a cigarette burn happens, it means that the resident was not adequately supervised. Some residents are more at risk than others. Someone who is cognitively impaired, for example, is at greater…

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Pressure Sores

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. There are a lot of types of skin traumas that indicate neglect or abuse, but pressure sores are almost always a clear indicator of neglect or abuse because they always result from a patient being left in one position for prolonged periods of time. We…

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Infection Control Deficiencies In Nursing Homes Were Widespread Before COVID-19

Two days ago, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, released a report that helps explain why COVID-19 has devastated nursing homes across the United States. The GAO analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2013-2017 and discovered that 82% of nursing homes received citations for cutting corners or lapses…

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The Other Victims of Nursing Home Neglect

The Coronavirus global pandemic is focusing bright light on the pre-existing lapses of skilled nursing facilities and demonstrating what happens when nursing home chains fail to follow infectious disease protocols leading to other victims of Nursing Home Neglect.  Reports of horrific numbers of death in nursing homes from across the United States continue to pour…

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Systemic Death At U.S. Nursing Homes

The Governor of New Mexico announced earlier this week that the state is partnering with a company called Genesis Healthcare, a for-profit chain that the U.S. Department of Justice called an “unscrupulous provider” with a record of “grossly substandard nursing care.” This situation is devastating news for New Mexico’s nursing home residents. Consider what the…

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Wake Up! COVID Nursing Home Deaths Are Elder Neglect

The statistics are frightening and staggering. In California, an estimated 35% of the 3,500 deaths from COVID-19 so far this year were residents and staff in nursing homes and eldercare facilities. Nationwide, the numbers are equally grim. The New York Times reports that one-third of all U.S. Coronavirus deaths are nursing home residents or workers.…

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Coronavirus Exposing The Awful Truth About Nursing Homes

The Washington Post reports that a startling 40% of the 650 nursing homes nationwide that have cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) were previously cited for violating infection control standards. Frankly, no one should be all that surprised. The awful truth is that a disproportionate number of nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)) repeatedly fail to…

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Contractures Are Usually Signs Of Neglect

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. You might have been in a skilled nursing or rehab facility and seen a resident with a hand curled up or an arm contorted into the side of their body. These seniors have what are known as “contractures” which are…

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