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Falls Rank As #1 Cause of Injuries Among Older Adults: What If Your Loved One Falls In A Nursing Home?

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Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults 65 and older, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Even worse, the agency reports that death rates in this category among older adults increased 30% from 2007 to 2016.  Older adults living in nursing homes could be particularly vulnerable. “With that high frequency among older adults, nursing Read More >>

Bedsores: An Early Sign of Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home

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Families of nursing home residents beware: A recent federal study found that incidents of abuse in nursing home abuse doubled from 2013 to 2017. The Government Accountability Office analyzed sample data from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which ensures federal quality standards in nursing homes. The agency found that “abuse deficiencies” increased 103% from 430 incidents Read More >>

John Dalli Advises Families on Selecting Home Health Care Aides: Mineola American

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As the number of aging adults increases rapidly, many families are turning to home health care aides to allow older parents to stay in their own residences instead of moving to nursing homes. But how do you select an aide that will provide the necessary quality care? John Dalli of Dalli & Marino, LLP wrote the attached column in the Mineola American about navigating this issue amidst a Read More >>

CMS Finalizes Rollback of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Protections

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Following is a joint statement from LTCCC and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.  It can also be found on our website at  https://nursinghome411.org/cms-finalizes-rollback-of-pre-dispute-arbitration-protections/. CMS FINALIZES ROLLBACK OF PRE-DISPUTE ARBITRATION PROTECTIONS In 2016, the Obama Administration promulgated regulations prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration agreements between nursing Read More >>

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 >>