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The 7 Types of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Know About

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In America, there are more than 1.4 million senior citizens living in nursing homes. Deciding whether to place an elderly relative in a nursing home is often a difficult decision for many families, even though nursing homes should be a safe place for loved ones to spend the final years of their life. Sadly, many nursing homes take advantage of their vulnerable populations.  The National Center Read More >>

Governor Cuomo Continues to Take Criticism for His Pandemic Management of Nursing Homes

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In early January, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released a report on the state’s handling of nursing home safety and reporting during the pandemic. Among the report’s most significant findings were significant errors in nursing home death toll reporting and reported failures in many of the state’s nursing homes to follow safety protocols. Not surprisingly, the Attorney General’s Read More >>

How the Pandemic Has Changed Elder Law for Good

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COVID has brought about drastic changes to every industry, and like many professionals, lawyers have had to adapt to the challenges and “new normal” posed by the pandemic. In many ways, attorneys had to reinvent themselves to become “COVID-19 attorneys”. And while some law firms were forced to close their doors, others learned how to adjust their focus to meet the unique needs of the Read More >>

What Role Does an Ombudsman Play in a Nursing Home?

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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 >>

How to Help Your Elderly Loved One When They Won’t Get Out of Bed

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Many families experience similar problems regarding their elderly loved one’s condition. Although everyone has their own story, we all share one common thing: time. Life moves incredibly fast, and before you know it, you are thrust into the role of a caretaker for a parent, grandparent, or another family member.  On its own, caregiving will likely be the hardest job you’ll ever do. Meeting the Read More >>

The CMS Releases New Guidelines for Nursing Home Visitation Protocols

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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

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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

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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 >>

Attorney General Says NY Nursing Home Deaths Undercounted by as Much as 50%

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It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on nursing homes throughout the country, claiming the lives of nearly 126,000 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 >>

1199SEIU Calls for Monumental Nursing Home Reform 

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1199SEIU, one of the most powerful healthcare unions in the eastern US, represents more than 65,000 members in hundreds of nursing homes across the country. All have come together to put a stop to the nursing home crisis.  After years and years of denying our need for better long-term care facilities, a pandemic was what it took for our nation to finally awaken to the threat of poor nursing Read More >>