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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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Study Finds Lower Quality of Care at For Profit Nursing Home Chains

Study Finds Lower Quality of Care at For-Profit Nursing Home Chains In 2012, over half of nursing home chains were operated by corporate chains. Facilities owned by the largest for-profit chains were reported to have a lower quality of care. In a recent study reported by the Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American…

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Nursing Home Resident Employee Posts Nude Snapchat of 93 Year Old Resident

Nursing Home Employee Posts Nude Snapchat of 93-Year-Old Resident A former employee of a nursing home has now been charged with a felony after posting a video of a 93-year-old resident to Snapchat wearing only a bra. This new case follows a December ProPublica and Washington Post report that reported on 35 incidents of employees…

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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – Family Not Bound by Arbitration Clause

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – Family Not Bound by Arbitration Clause The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a deceased Kentucky nursing home resident’s purported agreement to arbitrate against the facility does not block wrongful death claims brought on behalf of his estate. The Court rejected arguments by Richmond Health Facilities –…

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73 Year Old Nursing Home Resident Found in a Large Dumpster Behind Facility

73 Year Old Nursing Home Resident Found in a Large Dumpster Behind Facility 73 Year Old Nursing Home Resident Found in a Large Dumpster Behind Facility – Unbelievable. Another story of a nursing home resident found dead outside the facility before the nursing home ever reported the resident was missing. Last week in Detroit, construction…

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California Court Issues Order That Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 is Unconstitutional

California Court Issues Order That Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 is Unconstitutional The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate asking that Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 be declared unconstitutional.  The legislature enacted Health & Safety Code Section 1418.8 to allow certain incompetent residents residing in skilled…

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Protecting Your Rights in Nursing Homes

Protecting Your Rights in Nursing Homes 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…

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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 bedsores are a sign of serious neglect. Bedsores can develop quickly; if a person is not receiving the proper amount of circulation within their body, (usually due to lack of activity), weak spots…

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Facility Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs for Patients with Dementia

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…

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Indwelling Urinary Catheters Should Not Be Used to Manage Incontinence

Using Indwelling Urinary Catheters Can Cause Bacteremia 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…

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