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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 >>

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 >>

What You Should Know About World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Saturday, June 15.  But recent data about abuse and senior citizens reveals a growing problem that should have our attention each day. At least one in 10 Americans above the age of 60 has experienced some type of abuse according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The same agency reports an alarming +53% increase in non-fatal assaults Read More >>

Joint Statement: Nursing Home Study Finds Discharges Linked to Medicare Copayments – LTCCC

Despite strong safeguards to protect residents from unwanted and unsafe discharges from a nursing home, inappropriate discharges are a growing problem for seniors and their families. Below is a joint statement from LTCCC and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, June 6, 2019, on new findings related to this problem. The statement can also be found on our website at 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 >>

‘Absolutely despicable’: Photo of elderly woman face-down in pillow at nursing home sparks outrage.

According to Holter, "Julia Wiggins, a local pastor, posted the photos to Facebook on Tuesday showing 80-year-old Esther Brown 'face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva,' she wrote."   The article goes on to state that, "Wiggins urged people with family members in nursing homes to keep tabs on them often." As she indicated, “'People please Read More >>

New Report Says Baby Powder Giant Knew of Cancer Risk

The fragrance of baby powder is distinct and comforting. It conjures images of newborn babies or toweling off after a warm shower. But the reality isn’t quite so idyllic for thousands of Americans who claim that trace amounts of asbestos in talc caused their cancer. Now a new investigation by Reuters argues that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of talc-based baby powder, may Read More >>

Joint Statement on Turmoil in the Nursing Home Industry

Following is a joint statement issued by Long Term Care Community Coalition and the Center for Medicare Advocacy on current financial troubles and turmoil in the nursing home industry.   The statement is also available at  https://nursinghome411.org/ltccc-comments/. Joint Statement on Turmoil in the Nursing Home Industry January 2019—The nursing home industry is facing tremendous turmoil Read More >>

Nursing Homes are now Big Business

As baby boomers begin to need nursing home facilities, profit-focused corporate nursing home chains have dominated the market. This increase in residents and emphasis on profits has led to a distressing rise in neglected and abused seniors. But instead of improving safety, corporate nursing homes are working to limit their accountability and deny residents’ rights. There are many laws and Read More >>

Northport VA Center Struggling to Overcome Nursing Shortage

A breaking article in Newsday (today, September 29), entitled, "Northport VA Center Struggling to Overcome Nursing Shortage" , by author, Martin C. Evans @martincevans, describes that the "91 year-old" Northport, Virginia Center, comprising, "four nursing homes," had "staffing shortages, mismanaged the nurses to fill the gaps and allowed overtime costs to balloon to $1.5 million in 2017," about Read More >>