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Falls Rank As #1 Cause of Injuries Among Older Adults: What If Your Loved One Falls In A Nursing Home?

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults 65 and older, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Even worse, the agency reports that death rates in this category among older adults increased 30% from 2007 to 2016.  Older adults living in nursing homes could be particularly vulnerable. “With that high frequency among older adults, nursing Read More >>

Bedsores: An Early Sign of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

Families of nursing home residents beware: A recent federal study found that incidents of abuse in nursing home abuse doubled from 2013 to 2017. The Government Accountability Office analyzed sample data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which ensures federal quality standards in nursing homes. The agency found that “abuse deficiencies” increased 103% from 430 incidents Read More >>

New Study: Alarming Staffing Gaps For Registered Nurses at Nursing Homes Increases Potential for Neglect and Medication Errors for Residents

A new study has found that an astounding 75% of the nation’s nursing homes fall short on registered nurse (RN) staffing, making residents more vulnerable to neglectful and potentially harmful situations such as medication errors. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined payroll records from 15,399 skilled nursing facilities. Read More >>

Bedsores Hard to Spot in Nursing Home Residents If You Don’t Suspect Them

  Not all of the 15,000+ nursing homes in the U.S. were created equally.  News headlines this month confirmed this when a Senate report revealed that for budget reasons nearly 400 troubled nursing homes were left off of a federal agency’s watch list of 80 facilities flagged for poor resident care. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be mindful of signs of neglect or even abuse no Read More >>

“MY DAD DIED AT THEIR HANDS: WWII VET FATALLY INJURED AT VA NURSING HOME” – USA TODAY

The Veterans Administration continues to struggle with caring for its nursing home residents according to USA TODAY’s Donovan Slack who wrote the story “My Dad Died At Their Hands: WWII Vet Fatally Injured at VA Nursing Home.” 91-year-old James “Milt” Ferguson, a World War II veteran residing at an Iowa VA home for less than a month, ultimately died from a head injury caused by a fall while Read More >>

‘Slap in the face’: Nursing home countersues family who won wrongful death suit – News 12 Long Island

A News 12 Long Island Story, April 22 (*updated April 23), was entitled, "'Slap in the face': Nursing home countersues family who won wrongful death suit." It explained that: "A jury awarded $1 million to the family of wheelchair-bound Salvatore Niosi six years after his choking death at Woodhaven Center of Care in Port Jefferson Station. The jury found that a facility nurse forgot to put in Read More >>

Nurses Strike in New York: Threat Increases Over ‘Safe Staffing’ Levels – NYTimes, March 30

An article in the March 30, 2019, edition of The New York Times, by author, Patrick McGeehan, was entitled, "Nurses Strike in New York: Threat Increases Over ‘Safe Staffing’ Levels" . In the article, McGeehan described that: "At Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City, the 58 tiny beds for sick newborns are almost always filled. But nurses who work there say there are often too few of Read More >>

Patient Deaths Cited In Mass. Settlement With 7 Nursing Homes – NEPR and WBUR

On March 14, New England Public Radio reposted an important broadcast (and article) from WBUR, with the online article, by Quincy Walters, entitled "Patient Deaths Cited In Mass. Settlement With 7 Nursing Homes." The broadcast and article described a woman named Betty Crane, whom, in 2015, according to the reporting, was "looking forward to her 70th wedding anniversary in December...", but, "at a Read More >>

Wrongful-death claims reveal tragic toll of medical blunders at city hospitals – New York Post

An article by authors, Sara Dorn and Mary Kay Linge (with additional contributions by Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent), appeared in the March 9, edition of the New York Post, in the Metro section, entitled, "Wrongful-death claims reveal tragic toll of medical blunders at city hospitals." A terrible statistic was presented in The Post's team's important reporting: "Medical misconduct has killed Read More >>

Nursing Home Update: Latest Data Indicate Low Staffing is Persistent & Pervasive

Nursing Home Update:  Latest Data Indicate Low Staffing is Persistent & Pervasive February 27, 2019 - Staffing is perhaps the most important factor in a nursing home resident’s quality of care and ability to live with dignity. Unfortunately, inadequate nursing home staffing is a widespread and persistent problem. Some nursing homes provide good care, ensuring that their facilities have Read More >>