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LTCCC Action Alert: Please speak out to increase funding of the NYS Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

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The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) offers a valuable, cost-effective service to seniors and their families in nursing homes, adult care facilities, and family type homes, by helping address their complaints and quality of life concerns.  LTCOP has long been significantly underfunded, receiving only $1.19M for the entire program statewide. This lack of resources has resulted in the Read More >>

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

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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 >>

Family of Elderly Woman Awarded $550,000 Due To Fatal Bedsore Caused By Neglect at a Nassau County Nursing Home

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The family of an elderly woman was recently awarded $550,000 because her negligent care at a Nassau County skilled nursing facility caused a bedsore that ultimately led to fatal infections. The settlement was negotiated by the nursing home abuse attorneys at the law firm of Dalli & Marino, LLP. LACK OF TURNING AND POSITIONING CAUSED BEDSORE TO WORSEN The 86-year-old patient was admitted with Read More >>

Nursing Home Residents Feel Young Again With Golden Age Games – KY3-TV

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Below is the first in a series of inspiring stories about how the elderly are making the most of their golden years, whether living alone or in a community. A recent Golden Age Games competition in Missouri underscored the benefits of finding fully staffed nursing homes for loved ones. Joe Hickman of KY3-TV reports on the 24th annual challenge which featured 150 residents from 14 skilled Read More >>

UPDATE: New Congressional Bill Would Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses In Nursing Home Contracts

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Clauses Prevent Families From Suing a Facility in Court for Neglect and Abuse of a Loved One Last December, two members of Congress introduced a bill that would ban skilled nursing facilities from requiring residents to sign forced arbitration agreements before being admitted. These types of contracts protect a nursing home if your loved one suffers neglect or abuse in their facility. By signing, Read More >>

New Report Illustrates Inhumane Conditions in Nursing Homes – LTCCC

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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 >>

Understaffing At Nursing Homes Often Leads To Elder Abuse Including Bedsores and Falls

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As the U.S. population ages, the need for quality elder care increases nationwide. Often, families turn to skilled nursing facilities to provide the best care for their loved ones. But some estimates reveal an alarmingly disproportionate ratio of staff to residents that can result in negligence and abuse. On average, U.S. nursing homes have one aide on duty for every 10 residents, based on Read More >>

Should We File A Lawsuit if Our Parent Develops Bedsores At a Nursing Home? – Part 2: Trial

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In our prior post, we looked at the process around filing a lawsuit if your loved one suffers from bedsores at a skilled nursing facility. According to the federal government, over 2.5 million people develop bedsores each year often occurring at nursing homes where understaffing causes negligent care of its residents. “The presence of bedsores is a leading indicator of elder abuse, which is Read More >>

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

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From the Office of New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried: A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by (New York) Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera. The new law: Requires Read More >>

Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse And What You Can Do To Thwart It

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Why The Holidays Are A Prime Time For Elder Abuse – The Conversation The holidays provide us with an opportunity to be more alert to signs of elder abuse and neglect, according to Kathleen Wilber, professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California writing for The Conversation. She reports that the World Health Organization says one in six older adults worldwide is a victim of Read More >>