Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, one in 10 elders have reported emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or potential neglect in the last year. Elder abuse frequently occurs in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Today, as many as 3 million people are living … Read the rest
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
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
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl have introduced the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2008 which seeks to force nursing homes to provide clearer information about ownership and accountability. Confusion regarding ownership has made it difficult for regulators to identify parties responsible for poor care and shields owners from potential lawsuits. Additionally, a primary goal … Read the rest
According to the New York Times, nursing home facilities owned by private equity firms receive worse scores than the national average in twelve of the fourteen indicators that regulators use in tracking the ailments of nursing home residents. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid state that residents of nursing homes owned by private investment firms suffer from higher rates of … Read the rest