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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 >>

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 >>

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth, Prompting Sexual-Assault Investigation – The Cut

A January 11, 2019, article in The Cut, by authors, Kimberly Truong and Claire Lampen, was entitled, "Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth, Prompting Sexual-Assault Investigation". The article delineates that, "On December 29 (2018), a woman who had been in a vegetative state for over two decades gave birth in an Arizona nursing facility, prompting authorities to investigate what looks like a 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 >>

LTCCC News Alert: Latest Data on Nursing Home Staffing Levels & Poorly Performing Nursing Homes

A new (May 1) Issue Alert from the Long Term Care Community Coalition provides the following information: "too many nursing homes fail to have enough staff to ensure that residents receive decent care and are able to live with dignity. For many years, verifiable information on a nursing home’s staffing levels were unavailable to the public." Below is the complete text of the Alert (shared by Read More >>

Syracuse nursing home failed to keep dead patient from decomposing, says funeral home – Syracuse.com

A March 22, article on the Syracuse.com website, entitled, "Syracuse nursing home failed to keep dead patient from decomposing, says funeral home", by James T. Mulder, denoted that, "Van Duyn nursing home did not keep its morgue cool enough to prevent a deceased resident's body from decomposing." Mulder quoted "Patty Knight Scholl, of Keegan-Osbelt-Knight funeral home," as having said, Read More >>

Dems’ Medicaid Fear-Mongering Overlooks Nursing Home Conditions – Newsmax

A 2017 Newsmax article by author, Betsy McCaughey, was entitled, "Dems' Medicaid Fear-Mongering Overlooks Nursing Home Conditions". McCaughey reported, "Nationwide, one-third of nursing home residents suffer serious, often permanent injuries due to neglect, according to a federal Inspector General report." She continued, "Indifference is the real culprit, not inadequate Medicaid money. For Read More >>

Choosing the Right Nursing Home – from AARP

A still relevant March 19, 2012, article, by author, Cynthia Ramnarace, in the AARP Bulletin, was entitled, "Choosing the Right Nursing Home" (the article is still available online on the AARP website). It stated: "If your loved one is no longer able to safely live on his or her own — whether it’s your mother, your father or your spouse — trusting his care to strangers isn’t easy. How can you be Read More >>

Elder Law Guys: Doublecheck when they say the rehab center doesn’t have room – From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An article in the 26 Feb., edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by Julian Gray and Frank Petrich, was entitled "Elder Law Guys: Doublecheck when they say the rehab center doesn't have room". Federal Law and Medicaid and Medicare: Responsibility for Hospital Discharges (Copyright Getty Images.) Gray and Petrich cite significant occurrences surrounding hospital discharges, "In two recent Read More >>