Study Finds Lower Quality of Care at For Profit Nursing Home Chains

In 2012, over half of nursing homes chains were operated by corporate chains. Facilities owned by the largest for-profit chains were reported to have lower quality of care. In a recent study reported by the Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association, the study concludes that evidence suggests that nursing homes…

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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – Family Not Bound by Arbitration Clause

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a deceased Kentucky nursing home resident’s purported agreement to arbitrate against the facility does not block wrongful death claims brought on behalf of his estate. The Court rejected arguments by Richmond Health Facilities – Kenwood and Preferred Partners, Inc. that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) gave…

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California Court Issues Order That Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 Is Unconstitutional

The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate asking that Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 be declared unconstitutional.  The legislature enacted Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 to allow certain incompetent residents residing in skilled nursing facilities or intermediate care facilities receive medical treatment after a physician has…

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Different Types of Facilities for Elderly or Disabled

As attorneys specialized in prosecuting elder abuse and wrongful death cases, we are often asked what are the various types of facilities that provide care to elderly or disabled patients. The following is a brief description of 4 types of facilities. Independent Living: An independent living community is housing designed for seniors generally 55 years…

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Protecting Your Rights in Nursing Homes

As with most life milestones, signing up for a nursing home means filling out a lot of paperwork. In addition to financing, rules and procedures, emergency contacts and vitamin supplements, the nursing home industry also includes sections that protect themselves from wrongful accusation. While this is a smart and prudent business strategy, in the wrong…

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Bed Sores

At first blush, when you hear the term bed sores it doesn’t sound serious. However, we have to take immediate notice because bed sores are a sign of serious neglect. Bed sores can develop quickly; if a person is not receiving the proper amount of circulation within their body, (usually due to lack of activity),…

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Facility Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs for Patients with Dementia

One of my top five pieces of advice to family members who have loved ones in a long term care facility (a nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly, or board and care)  is the following: question facilities who prescribe or administer anti-psychotic medications for alleged behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Why? Because the therapeutic goal…

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