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 you have waived your right to hold a corporation accountable…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facility

Elder Care Facilities – Which One is Right for You? Does your loved one need more care and supervision than you can provide at home?  Are you at a loss about what type of facility or home is appropriate for your Mom or Dad?  This blog is dedicated to describing the different types of homes…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Your mom and dad are getting older, and can no longer live on their own.  They can still walk, talk, and are mentally and emotionally stable, but they need assistance with daily activities that most people take for granted – eating, dressing, bathing, brushing their teeth, or need help with housekeeping.  Where do they go?…

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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 of nursing home abuse and neglect is a direct…

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Nursing Home Neglect Cases

The nursing home industry is big business and they’re putting profit over people. We’re seeing it in several forms. One is understaffing. They don’t have sufficient staff to give care to our loved ones. Or their staff don’t have the proper training or education to understand their medical conditions. But most importantly, the most disturbing…

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Nursing Homes Responsible For Dehydration

Dehydration in the elderly is a real problem in nursing homes.  Dehydration occurs when the resident loses more water than they take in.  Our bodies require a certain amount of fluid to function properly.  There are many preventable causes of dehydration, including medications that act as diuretics, nursing home’s failure to monitor for dehydration, senior…

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Wide Spread Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

Recently, the Federal Government took rare action by filing a federal lawsuit against two California nursing homes for a persistent problem of overmedicating their residents with psychotropic drugs. Anti-psychotic and psychotropic drugs can be especially dangerous for the elderly and are often misused. When a facility is understaffed and cannot provide the appropriate level of…

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Nursing Home Left 90 Year Old Outside for Three Hours in 90 Degree Heat

Another nursing home makes the news again for an all too frequent occurrence: facilities abandoning residents outside the building, leading to death from exposure of the outdoor elements. The most recent case to make the news involved a nursing home that left a 90 year old resident outside in 90 degree heat, forgotten, for three…

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Medication Errors Are Increasing in Nursing Homes

There is drug abuse going on in a large segment of our health care industry — the increased push of anti-psychotics drugs in nursing homes. These dangerous medications, anti-psychotics, are being prescribed at an alarming rate and often without the patient’s consent. In a recent AARP study on the use of drugs in nursing homes,…

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Some Nursing Home Complaint Investigations Were Closed Inappropriately

A just released audit of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department concludes that the County inappropriately closed nursing home investigations and failed to follow State guidelines on prioritizing complaints.  The audit also found that even after nursing home inspectors found serious problems, their supervisors downgraded the severity of findings without any explanation or without…

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