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New Study: Alarming Staffing Gaps For Registered Nurses at Nursing Homes Increases Potential for Neglect and Medication Errors for Residents

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A new study has found that an astounding 75% of the nation’s nursing homes fall short on registered nurse (RN) staffing, making residents more vulnerable to neglectful and potentially harmful situations such as medication errors. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined payroll records from 15,399 skilled nursing facilities. Read More >>

One in Five Emergency Room Visits for Nursing Home Residents Caused by Potential Abuse or Neglect

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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 >>

John Dalli Educates Albany Legislators on Dangers of Forced Arbitration In Nursing Home Contracts

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John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP and a board member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, recently joined 100 other attorneys in Albany for the group’s annual Lobby Day. Each participating attorney discussed an assigned topic with 3-4 legislators at the New York State Capitol.  Dalli highlighted the dangers of forced arbitration clauses in admissions Read More >>

Read This Before Signing A Nursing Home Contract

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Forced Arbitration Clauses Prevent You from Suing a Nursing Home in Court for Neglect or Abuse of a Loved One Placing a family member in a nursing home is stressful. It can be even more traumatic when a choice must be made quickly because a loved one needs skilled nursing care after being discharged from a hospital after an illness or surgery. You must often sign a large, multi-page admissions Read More >>

Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities Were Not Always Reported and Investigated – HHS

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A June 2019, report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General,  made the following determinations: “We determined that an estimated one in five high-risk hospital ER Medicare claims for treatment provided in calendar year 2016 were the result of potential abuse or neglect, including injury of unknown source, of beneficiaries residing in a Read More >>

Bedsores Hard to Spot in Nursing Home Residents If You Don’t Suspect Them

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  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

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  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

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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 >>

FIND OUT HOW THE FED RATES NURSING HOMES IN YOUR AREA – CMS.ORG

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You now have greater access to information and reviews that help you compare nursing homes in your community, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its press release “CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019” announces upgrades to its online tool “Nursing Home Compare” which offers these valuable insights via its Five-Star Quality Rating System. Nursing Home Read More >>

“MY DAD DIED AT THEIR HANDS: WWII VET FATALLY INJURED AT VA NURSING HOME” – USA TODAY

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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 >>