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What It’s Like To Be A Patient At A Nursing Home During COVID-19

The death toll at nursing homes in the United States from the Coronavirus continues to climb. According to the New York Times, of the estimated 110,000 deaths so far, approximately one-third (~35,000) are residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and institutions that care for the elderly. With residents continuing to die, more people are…

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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…

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Can the Consumer Ever Win? Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Homes

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…

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Choosing an Elder Care Facilities

Choosing an 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…

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When a Residential Care Facility is Inadequate

Reasons of inadequate Residential Care Facility 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…

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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 is Against the Law

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…

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Remedies for Dementia Residents

Remedies for Dementia Residents – Dementia affects over 5 million people in the United States. Facilities that are overworked and understaffed sometimes characterize behaviors of older people with dementia as “resistant behavior.” Nursing homes and long-term care facilities jump to chemical restraints (drugs) to manage what they characterize as “disruptive” behavior of dementia residents when…

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Poorly Trained Nursing Home Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Abuse

Poorly Trained Nursing Staff Fail Poorly Trained Nursing Staff Fail – A state and federal government report found that a nursing home violated mandatory reporting rules and failed to “recognize the behaviors of Sexual Elder Abuse.” Multiple nurses and staff at the nursing facility witnessed a male resident with dementia sexually abusing female residents with…

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Nursing Home Employees Caught Torturing Dementia Patients’ Comfort Dolls

Nursing Home Employees Caught Torturing Dementia Patients’ Comfort Dolls It still shocks me every time I read a story of nursing home employees caught doing unthinkable acts. This case involves two employees of a nursing home in England who videotaped each other bullying dementia patients by torturing their comfort dolls. Comfort dolls is a form…

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