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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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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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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Indwelling Urinary Catheters Should Not Be Used to Manage Incontinence

Unfortunately, it is all too common for skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to use indwelling urinary catheters to manage urinary incontinence. However, indwelling urinary catheters are the most common source of bacteremia. In fact, the federal Health Care Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HCICPAC) recommends minimizing urinary catheter use and duration of use in all patients. The…

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Nursing Home Neglect: When to Get An Attorney

Elder abuse can come in many forms: neglect, improper dispensing of medications, improper use of restraints or power, causation of emotional distress, or failure to provide care in a timely manner. The signs of elder abuse can be obvious or subtle and some find the idea of broaching the topic of possible abuse overwhelming, understandably…

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home Facility

Choosing a nursing home facility can be an emotional and stressful time. Frequently, we’re asked,  how to go about picking a facility for parents and we have several criteria that we think are important. 1. The first is picking out the facility that near your work or your home, so can visit your mom or dad frequently. The transition period…

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The most common signs of neglect and abuse in a nursing home include bed sores, dehydration, big weight loss, multiple fractures, bruises. But one of the most common signs that we see most frequently is when you go in to visit your loved one and your loved one seems like he or she is drugged up,…

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