According to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade (LHSG) report, there are thousands of people that die each year as a result of bedsores. In light of this, LHSG rated hospitals based on frequent incidents of life-threatening bedsores developing in patients. Coney Island Hospital had the worst rating in the United States with 1.35 patients in every 1,000 patients discharged having … Read the rest
Bedsores or pressure wounds often develop in patients that are stationary for extended periods of time, due to a lack of blood flow to a specific area of the body. Unfortunately, bedsores are one of the first signs of neglect. Usually, bedsores are located in areas such as the back, tailbone, and shoulders. The constant pressure placed on these areas … Read the rest
According to Law 360, a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Alfonzer Patrick against Virtua Health, Care One LLC and Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, alleges that the center caused or contributed to his death when he developed severe bedsores that caused him to go into septic shock. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Patrick had undergone spinal surgery at Marlton … Read the rest
With the elderly population continuing to grow, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are playing a more vital role in today’s society. Many elderly residents have medical problems ranging from long-term illnesses to cognitive impairments. Oftentimes, the staff members in these facilities fail to provide proper care to the patients for ailments such as bedsores.… Read the rest
NBC recently reported that a family filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit on behalf of their elderly loved one against Woodcrest Health Center in New Milford, New Jersey and its parent company, Care One. The claimants released graphic photos alleging that the nursing home staff ignored the elder’s calls to use the restroom, so the resident — who suffers from … Read the rest
Families for Better Care, a Florida based nursing home resident advocacy group, published the first ever state by state nursing home report card. New York received a failing grade and was ranked 45th in the nation. New York was the only state on the eastern seaboard that received a failing grade. The state failed half of the measures and mustered … Read the rest
Every year the Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC), a nonprofit that monitors nursing homes and assisted living facilities, publishes a report card on the previous year’s performance of the various government entities charged with protecting New Yorkers who rely on long term care services.
LTCCC just released its report for 2010, with mixed findings. LTCCC was impressed with the … Read the rest
With little notice and without a public comment period, a Bush administration change in federal rules on nursing home inspections will have the practical effect of forcing litigants to go to greater lengths, including seeking court orders, to get inspection reports or depositions for cases they are pursuing or defending.
The new rule generally prohibits state health departments and contractors … Read the rest
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released new Interpretive Guidelines for nutrition and sanitary conditions in nursing homes effective September 1, 2008. The changes clarify areas such as assessment, care planning, and interventions for LTC residents.
The new guidelines are significant as it contains detailed instructions for acceptable parameters of nutritional status, details on required nutritional assessment, … Read the rest
A recent article in The Providence Journal notes that although doctors in almost every state are required by law to report suspected elder abuse of their patients, hardly any of them do, even if they fear that their silence may subject an elderly person to continued abuse at the hands of a caregiver or in a nursing home. Physicians … Read the rest