Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints are…

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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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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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Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015

The long term care industry (nursing home industry) is high fiving each other because they successfully negotiated another $750 Million pay increase in 2015 from Medicare. This is the same industry that in the fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid $32.2 Billion (yes that is Billion with a capital B) for skilled nursing facility services.[1] According…

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Fines for Nursing Homes

Inadequate Care leading to Two Elderly Residents Dying In a Los Angeles Time article on June 11, 2009, it was reported that State officials recently fined two nursing homes in Orange County for providing inadequate care that led to the deaths of two residents. In late November 2008, an 82 year old woman was admitted…

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New Cause of Action Against Nursing Homes

Civil Rights Violations in Nursing Homes are Now Recognized Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 According to a recent article posted on Law.com, the estate of Melvinteen Daniels brought a suit against the nursing home, The Kane Center in Allegheny County, Pa., for Mrs. Daniels fatal case of sepsis caused by neglect, malnourishment and bed sores. …

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Extreme Dehydration and Hypernatremia

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink Imagine this – you are left in a room with no access to water or you are incapacitated and have had no fluids for several hours or even days.  Worse yet, you are taking medications that also have a diuretic effect and your body is thirsty…

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