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Protecting Vulnerable Residents From Coronavirus – LTCCC News Alert

March 3, 2020 — Concern over coronavirus is growing as a significant outbreak in the United States becomes increasingly likely. According to researchers, residents in nursing homes and other adult care facilities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus due to their age, pre-existing medical conditions, and frequent exposure to facility staff, other residents, and visitors to their facility. In Read More >>

How Do I Find A Good Nursing Home For My Elderly Parent?

Below is the first part in a series on some of the questions to ask when you’re choosing a nursing home for your loved ones in the five New York City boroughs, in Long Island and in Westchester and Rockland counties. An estimated 1.3 million residents live in nursing homes in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is only bound to grow as our elderly Read More >>

New Report Illustrates Inhumane Conditions in Nursing Homes – LTCCC

January 21, 2020 – For far too many nursing home residents, adequate care and treatment with dignity are out of reach. Though nursing home standards are strong, the promise of those standards is frequently broken. Last year, a resident’s daughter testified at a U.S. Senate hearing, “[m]y final memories of my mother's life now include watching her bang uncontrollably on her private parts for days Read More >>

Poorly Performing Nursing Homes in New York – LTCCC Alert

Nursing homes must ensure that residents are receiving quality care and are protected from harm at all times. However, too many nursing homes fail to comply with the federal standards of care. For example, federal studies and data, as well as our own reports over the years, have indicated that most nursing homes do not have the levels of staffing necessary to meet the needs of typical nursing home 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 >>

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 >>