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Obtaining Medical Records – Part 1

Felicia Whitcomb was 89 and lived in a skilled nursing facility here in Northern California. Felicia required two CNAs to lift her safely out of bed.  Unfortunately, her care facility was understaffed, which meant that the staff had to take shortcuts.  One day, Felicia’s nursing assistant tried to get her out of bed without the…

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Do I Have A Case?

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. Several times each week, someone calls me because their Mom is suffering from one or more of the following problems: Head Injury Infections Medication Errors Bedsores Recurring falls Poor hygiene Being left in wet or dirty briefs Unavailable caregivers Caregivers who don’t respond to alerts…

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Personalized Music Playlist has a Positive Outcome on Dementia Resident

Personalized Music Playlist has a Positive Outcome on Dementia Resident 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”…

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Discovery Sanctions Issued Against Defense Attorney for Sexist Comment

Discovery Sanctions Issued Against Defense Attorney Discovery Sanctions Issued Against Defense Attorney – Federal Judge Paul Grewal from the Northern District of California recently issued an order in a civil rights case against the defense counsel on a Motion Seeking Sanctions and to Compel Discovery when the defense counsel, during a deposition, said it was…

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Poorly Trained Nursing Home Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Abuse

Poorly Trained Nursing Staff Fail to Identify Sexual Elder Abuse 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 dementia.…

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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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