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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 Cases

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…

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Nursing Homes Responsible For Dehydration

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…

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Wide Spread Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

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…

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

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…

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Medication Errors Are Increasing in Nursing Homes

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…

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Some Nursing Home Complaint Investigations Were Closed Inappropriately

County Failed to Follow State Guidelines as 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…

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Genesis and Skilled Health Care Merge into a Single Company

Genesis Shakes Hand With Skilled Health Care Genesis Health Care and Skilled Health Care Group, Inc. announced that they will merge to create a single long-term and post acute care company with over 500 facilities nationwide. We see a trend occurring in the long-term care industry: mergers, mergers and more mergers. Earlier this year, Brookdale…

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Failure to Report Allegations of Abuse or Neglect

Failure to Report Allegations of Abuse or Neglect Federal law requires that Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled nursing facilities report abuse and neglect allegations and subsequent investigations/findings to the appropriate governmental authorities within a specified timeframe. The Office of Inspector General just issued its August 2014 report and concluded that nursing homes only correctly reported…

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A Message To Nursing Homes to Reduce Anti-Psychotic Drugs

Elderly Patients Who are Given Anti-Psychotic Medications are at a Greater Risk of Acute Kidney Injury A Message To Nursing Homes to Reduce Anti-Psychotic Drugs A Message To Nursing Homes to Reduce Anti-Psychotic Drugs – The Annals of Internal Medicine published a recent report about a study that concludes that there are safety concerns about…

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