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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 >>

“Elderly Woman’s Son Says His Mother’s Severe Facial Injuries Are From Nursing Home Abuse” – WABC-TV

An 86-year-old woman’s son suspects that her brutal facial injuries were caused by nursing home abuse in a New Jersey facility, according to a report from Toni Yates at WABC-TV. Benny Gomez says his mother suffered double fractures to her face, a broken nose and stitches.  The Westfield Center Nursing Care facility claims her injuries were the result of a fall.  But Gomez said that she told him Read More >>

BREAKING NEWS: New York State Allows Survivors of Sexual Abuse to File Suit Now, No Matter When Abuse Occurred

On January 28, 2019, the New York State legislature passed the Child Victims Act, allowing child sex abuse survivors to sue abusers and the institutions that protected the abusers until the survivor reaches 55 years of age.  The new law also opened a “look back” window of one year for anyone who was sexually violated or abused to bring a lawsuit no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. “This Read More >>

Why Is My Mom So Out Of It After Just Two Weeks In The Nursing Home?

Many Nursing Homes Abuse Antipsychotic Drugs As “Chemical Restraints”   Each week, 179,000 nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs for conditions that the medications were not approved for, according to the Human Rights Watch.  Unfortunately many nursing homes use antipsychotics to help handle patients considered difficult because of dementia or Alzheimer’s.  But federal 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 >>

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 >>

One in Five Emergency Room Visits for Nursing Home Residents Caused by Potential Abuse or Neglect

Half of All Residents Fall Once a Year Recent disturbing statistics reveal high levels of potential abuse and neglect in nursing homes, particularly around falls. Nearly 1 in 5 high-risk emergency room visits for nursing home residents were caused by potential abuse and neglect, according to the Office of the General Inspector of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal Read More >>

Read This Before Signing A Nursing Home Contract

Forced Arbitration Clauses Prevent You from Suing a Nursing Home in Court for Neglect or Abuse of a Loved One Placing a family member in a nursing home is stressful. It can be even more traumatic when a choice must be made quickly because a loved one needs skilled nursing care after being discharged from a hospital after an illness or surgery. You must often sign a large, multi-page admissions Read More >>

Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities Were Not Always Reported and Investigated – HHS

A June 2019, report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General,  made the following determinations: “We determined that an estimated one in five high-risk hospital ER Medicare claims for treatment provided in calendar year 2016 were the result of potential abuse or neglect, including injury of unknown source, of beneficiaries residing in a Read More >>