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When on Antibiotics in Nursing Home or Hospital Watch for Diarrhea – It Could Be C-Diff

Posted in Elder Issues, Medication, Nursing Home Information, Support & Resources

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

Non-Disparagement Clauses: Buying the Silence of Guardians

Posted in Documentation & Reporting, Elder Issues, Legislation, News, Nursing Home Information, Support & Resources

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

Study Finds Isolation Increases Risk of Death in the Elderly

Posted in Support & Resources

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.

Read the Fine Print When Working with Nursing Home Placement Agencies

Posted in Support & Resources

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.

What You Can Do When You Feel Your Loved One Is Not Being Properly Cared For

Posted in Elder Issues, Levels of Care, Support & Resources

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.

Improving the Quality of Care

Posted in Support & Resources

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

Nursing Homes and other Long-Term Care

Posted in Support & Resources

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.

NCCNHR Membership

Posted in Support & Resources

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.

Nursing Home Report Card

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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.