One of the most common illnesses I see in nursing homes is C-Diff – a bacteria that can cause severe dehydration or death. C-Diff is most common in nursing homes and hospitals, and 80% of fatalities from C-Diff are in people over 65. A recent article in the LA Times reports a recent study and… Continue Reading
I’ve noticed in my practice a dangerous and burgeoning phenomenon. That is, the emergence of non-disparagement clauses for people who know the dangerous secrets of the worst of the worst long-term care facilities. I am finding that the vast majority of these clauses are found in assisted living facilities. These organizations appear to have very… Continue Reading
Helen Keller famously stated, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Maybe she knew then what scientists are proving now. The BBC reported a new study in the UK that found social isolation increases risk of death in older people, even when those elderly do not consider themselves lonely.
Picking a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a very difficult process. Most people know very little about these facilities, how they are regulated, and how they operate. Some people find themselves turning to free referral or placement agencies for their expertise. These agencies are businesses that allege to help people find the right facility for their loved one.
Picking a nursing home to care for a loved one can be difficult and overwhelming. You want the best care, but where to start? What nursing homes are in the area? Have they had any problems? What services do they provide? What are the right questions to ask? Here is a great place to start.
The decision to trust a nursing home to care for a loved one can be a difficult one, even when a family does not have the time or resources to properly care for a elderly family member at home. Conflict between family members and nursing home staff is very common, especially when a family feels their loved one is not being taken care of properly.
Here is a fascinating study by commissioned by The George Washington University, my alma mater, which estimates fraud as costing US taxpayers at least $68 Billion dollars ANNUALLY. The site points to the collection of only $3.6 billion in recoveries for fraud claims.
The centers for Medicaid and Medicare have put together a wonderful step-by-step guide to choosing a nursing home. It is highly recommended reading for anyone contemplating entering or putting a loved one in a nursing home.
I recently returned from Austin, after attending a national nursing home conference for the American Association for Justice. While my talk involved the topic of more focused deposition taking, I must say that I was truly impressed by the effort and dedication of all of the other speakers. I am continually impressed by the level… Continue Reading
Here is an article I recently read, which outlines not only allegations of abuse, but also retaliation against a whistle blower who reported the abuse. The article contains helpful links for families looking to research nursing homes.
I recently found a great website for families looking to investigate nursing homes. The website offers a list of nursing home throughout the country that are in danger of harming it’s residents.
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services offers a great deal of information about NJ nursing homes, including information on how to select a nursing home, guides to community-based long term care, and comparisons of local nursing homes in your area.
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services offers a great deal of information about NJ nursing homes. You can log onto their website for more information.
For thirty years, the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform has expressed its continuing commitment to protecting and ensuring the safety and well being of nursing home residents across the country.
The fourth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study was released recently, and contains very insightful information for patients and their families when choosing a hospital.
In choosing a nursing home in the State of New Jersey it is advisable that you go to the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services website. There you will find a New Jersey report card for nursing homes.
A very significant portion of nursing home residents nationally suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. There are many local support groups who can help both caregivers and concerned family members deal with this disease.
Protecting the rights, safety and dignity of your loved one who is about to enter or who has been living in a nursing home is not always easily done. Publications exist that can benefit you greatly in understanding precisely what rights, safety and dignity issues exist at nursing homes.