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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Underscores Nursing Home Residents’ Vulnerability During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today even more crucial. The current health crisis has made older Americans more vulnerable particularly in nursing homes, which have banned visitation by family and friends. According to John Dalli, a partner in the nursing home abuse law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP, frequent nursing home visits are one of the most important Read More >>

UPDATE: New Congressional Bill Would Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses In Nursing Home Contracts

Clauses Prevent Families From Suing a Facility in Court for Neglect and Abuse of a Loved One Last December, two members of Congress introduced a bill that would ban skilled nursing facilities from requiring residents to sign forced arbitration agreements before being admitted. These types of contracts protect a nursing home if your loved one suffers neglect or abuse in their facility. By signing, Read More >>

Understaffing At Nursing Homes Often Leads To Elder Abuse Including Bedsores and Falls

As the U.S. population ages, the need for quality elder care increases nationwide. Often, families turn to skilled nursing facilities to provide the best care for their loved ones. But some estimates reveal an alarmingly disproportionate ratio of staff to residents that can result in negligence and abuse. On average, U.S. nursing homes have one aide on duty for every 10 residents, based on Read More >>

Should We File A Lawsuit if Our Parent Develops Bedsores At a Nursing Home? – Part 2: Trial

In our prior post, we looked at the process around filing a lawsuit if your loved one suffers from bedsores at a skilled nursing facility. According to the federal government, over 2.5 million people develop bedsores each year often occurring at nursing homes where understaffing causes negligent care of its residents. “The presence of bedsores is a leading indicator of elder abuse, which is Read More >>

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

From the Office of New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried: A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by (New York) Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera. The new law: Requires Read More >>

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse And What You Can Do To Thwart It

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse – The Conversation The holidays provide us with an opportunity to be more alert to signs of elder abuse and neglect, according to Kathleen Wilber, professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California writing for The Conversation. She reports that the World Health Organization says one in six older adults worldwide is a victim of Read More >>

Should We File A Lawsuit if Our Parent Develops Bedsores At a Nursing Home? – Part 1: Pre-Trial

Bedsores are a leading indicator of nursing home neglect. The appearance of these injuries usually means that the resident was not properly moved or transferred as required, cutting off the blood supply to the skin. If your loved one has developed bedsores in a skilled nursing facility, you may want to hold that entity and its staff accountable for their negligence by filing a personal injury Read More >>

Elder Abuse Alert: Assisted Living Facility Employees Arrested for Running Fight Club for Dementia Patients – New York Daily News

The New York Daily News shares a disturbing report on elder abuse in North Carolina, where three employees at an assisted living facility were charged with assaulting an individual with a disability after encouraging, and even filming, dementia patients fighting each other. One employee also allegedly shoved an elderly resident, pushing her “into a room, turned off the light and yelled to the Read More >>

Nursing Homes Cited for Abuse Now Easier to Find on Government Site – Modern Healthcare

Federal agency The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) will now call out specific nursing homes that have been cited for abuse and neglect, according to a story from Modern Healthcare. The agency’s Nursing Home Compare website will add icons next to the skilled nursing facilities in your area with reported violations beginning October 23.  The icons will flag facilities Read More >>

Shocking Video of Nursing Home Employees Abusing Elderly Dementia Patient: New York Post

Two nursing home employees were fired from a Chicago facility for posting a disturbing video on Snapchat that showed them abusing 91 year-old Margaret Collins, a patient with dementia, according to a New York Post story on a CBS Chicago TV report. The pair, subsequently arrested, filmed themselves taunting the resident about her dislike for hospital gowns.  Collins’ family is now suing the Read More >>