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
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
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
According to a report by the nonprofit news organization FairWarning, nursing homes across the country have been found to operate kitchens with major health code violations. Over the course of five months, the reporters investigated conditions in nursing home kitchens across the country and found major failures of hygiene. This has been found to be an issue across the country, with unsanitary conditions apparently being common throughout the nursing home industry.… Read the rest
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 in nursing home institutions in the U.S. One of the most prevalent forms of nursing home abuse is physical abuse.… 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 a life-threatening bedsore.… 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 constricts blood flow and causes a wound, which may expose muscle and bone. These wounds can lead to a life-threatening infection if they are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.… 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 Rehabilitation Hospital and was then transferred to different facilities where staff failed to provide adequate and aggressive treatment for his bedsores.… 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 aggressiveness of New York State Attorney General’s Office (A), Office for the Aging (A-) and Medicaid Inspector General (A) in combating nursing home neglect and abuse.
LTCCC found that both the State Senate (D-) and State Assembly (C) were essentially … Read the rest