Bed Sores Are Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

It is never pleasant to discover a loved one in a nursing home has bed sores. Aside from being painful for your loved one, bed sores can quickly progress from minor discomfort to a severe medical problem with potential long-term health implications. Always be on the lookout for bed sores, which are one of the surest signs of neglect for nursing home patients.… Read the rest

Beware of Bed Sores When Looking for Nursing Home Neglect

No one wants to believe their loved ones are being mistreated while in the care of a nursing home. After all, the entire purpose of placing someone you care about in a nursing home is to ensure their needs will be cared for when you are unable to care for them yourself. However, far too many nursing homes are neglectful of their residents, and one of the surest signs that this is going on is the appearance of bed sores.… Read the rest

Misdiagnosis by a Healthcare Provider Can Cause Real Harm

Medical malpractice can come in many forms, from surgical errors, to prescribing the wrong medication, or even causing additional injuries while attempting to repair an existing one. Sometimes, though, a doctor or other healthcare provider misses something or gets something wrong, resulting in misdiagnosis. However, even an honest mistake can result in real harm to patients, who rely on a doctor’s diagnosis to determine how their illnesses should be treated.… Read the rest

Nursing Home Abuse: Five Signs to Watch Out For

When the coronavirus pandemic hit New York, people with family members in nursing homes were forced to stay away from their loved ones for months. With the quarantine phasing out, many people are now seeing their family members again for the first time in months, and thus might only now become aware of potential abuse they have suffered. If this situation sounds familiar, you should check for these five signs to determine if your loved one might be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect:… Read the rest

The Rewards and Risks of Telehealth Programs

While New York is already well into the process of phasing out its quarantine, the coronavirus remains a significant threat to public health, especially those with long-term health issues. To address these concerns, doctors have placed an increased emphasis on telehealth programs to allow them to speak with patients without needing to see them in person. However, with this increased emphasis on telehealth technology comes increased risks that both doctors and patients should be aware of.… Read the rest

State Legislators Call for Investigation of Nursing Home COVID Spread

New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other state in America, with New York accounting for nearly a quarter of all coronavirus infections and deaths in the country. Nursing homes have been particularly badly hit, with a third of all coronavirus deaths across the United States occurring among nursing home residents and staff. Now, state legislators are calling for an investigation to find out why the virus has been so particularly devastating in nursing homes.… Read the rest

Immunity Law Shields NY Nursing Homes from Liability

At a time when the coronavirus is spreading throughout nursing homes and their residents are placed at high risk of infection, common sense would dictate it is more important than ever to hold nursing homes accountable for negligence. However, due to an executive order by Governor Cuomo and a provision in the recently passed budget bill granting immunity from coronavirus-related liability, it may be harder than ever to hold them liable for their negligence. This may come as a shock to anyone looking to sue a nursing home when their loved ones become ill.… Read the rest

Most Nursing Homes with Coronavirus Have History of Infections

In an analysis published by the Los Angeles Times, it was found that 89% of all nursing homes that have had coronavirus outbreaks in Los Angeles County had previously been cited for failing to observe anti-infection protocols. While not a surprising result, it is unfortunate for residents who are now infected and fighting for their lives against COVID-19. It also highlights the importance of infection control regulations in fighting outbreaks like the coronavirus.… Read the rest

Coronavirus Spread Highlights Importance of Good Hygiene

With cases of coronavirus now appearing in the United States, there are increasing worries about the impact that the disease will have, particularly on children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. While authorities are urging people not to panic, many Americans are concerned about the danger the coronavirus poses. The coronavirus highlights the importance of having medical institutions that follow proper protocol when it comes to maintaining good hygiene by their staff.… Read the rest

Nearly Three Quarters of Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

A recent study in the Journal of Health Affairs has estimated that as much as 75% of all nursing homes are significantly understaffed. The study compared the number of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse aides to the staffing requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). What they found was that many nursing homes fell well below CMS requirements, often inflating their staffing numbers in government reports to save on their operational costs.… Read the rest