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What Role Does an Ombudsman Play in a Nursing Home?

Ombudsmen represent nursing home residents and are advocates for their health, safety, and welfare. Every state has a long-term care ombudsman program that employs thousands of ombudsmen who are tasked with improving the quality of senior care. In fact, under The Older Americans Act, all states are legally required to have a nursing home ombudsman program. This ensures that nursing home residents Read More >>

Attorney John Dalli Attributes New York’s Immunity Laws for Lack of Nursing Home Accountability 

As the COVID-19 situation in New York escalated, Governor Andrew Cuomo was quickly heralded by New Yorkers as the hero of the pandemic. He was consistently portrayed as a source of accurate, reliable information and valiant public servant, working tirelessly to prevent New Yorkers from dying from the virus. As a result, the governor received many awards for his work and even wrote a book, Read More >>

The CMS Releases New Guidelines for Nursing Home Visitation Protocols

It’s no secret that nursing homes have taken a hard hit during the pandemic. Over the past year, COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes have resulted in high rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, making nursing home residents one of the most vulnerable populations during the pandemic. The inherent risks associated with aggregate living in a healthcare setting have required quick, aggressive Read More >>

Consumer Voice Recommendations on Nursing Home Visitation Policies During COVID-19

The closure of our nation’s nursing homes was intended to protect residents and slow the spread of the coronavirus, yet it has done far more than that. Visitation bans have fueled massive heartbreak for the families and elderly loved ones who the virus has directly and indirectly impacted over the past year. Family members are integral to nursing home residents’ wellbeing, but with strict Read More >>

CMS Nursing Home Rating Systems Gone Wrong

Can we really trust ratings? According to the New York Times article “Maggots, Rape, and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public,” they may be more misleading than we think. The Times unmasked the implications of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) omnipresent “star systems,” which are intended to act as tools for those facing the heart-wrenching Read More >>

New York Nursing Home Suppressed COVID Vaccines from Non-Permanent Residents

The New York Post reported in late January that a Queens nursing home in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak withheld potentially life-saving vaccines from rehab patients. This decision prioritized long-term residents over patients who were admitted for short-term care after being discharged from hospitals. The Post article indicates that the state health department denounced the move, citing that Read More >>

LTCCC Alert: OSHA COVID-19 Inspections Identify Numerous Violations in Hospitals, Assisted Living, & Nursing Homes

Ever since the COVID-19 crisis intensified in early 2020, the virus has taken an unimaginable toll on America’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. These homes, which house some of the most susceptible individuals in our society, quickly became ground zero for countless coronavirus outbreaks across the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic. The latest nationwide surge in cases and Read More >>

Is There a Correlation Between Nursing Home Medicaid Funding and Abuse and Neglect?

When you place an elderly family member in a nursing home, you put a large amount of trust in the establishment and its staff to care for and respect them. When that trust is broken in the form of elder abuse—which occurs when a resident suffers harm or neglect—it can lead to serious illness, severe injury, psychological damage, and even death. It’s imperative, with this in mind, that the families Read More >>

Did the Cuomo Administration Conceal Records Related to COVID Nursing Home Violations?

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on nursing homes throughout the country, claiming the lives of more than 100,000 residents and staff across 4,100 facilities and accounting for close to 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States. The numbers have been particularly high in New York, which isn’t helped by mounting reports of COVID-19 violations Read More >>

Nursing Homes in NYC Vulnerable to COVID-19

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on nursing homes throughout the country, claiming the lives of nearly 68,000 residents and staff across 4,100 facilities and accounting for close to 40 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Because the virus is particularly lethal to the elderly and those with underlying conditions, nursing home residents are Read More >>