Protecting Your Rights

I was recently speaking with someone about a woman who worked for a non-profit nursing home for many years. She liked it there and the facility provided good care. Then the facility was sold to a for-profit corporation. Overnight, staff hours were cut, pay was cut, and care declined. The person I was speaking with could not believe this could happen–I was not surprised as sadly I’ve seen this occur many times.

If an administrator at a non-profit tells her board of directors she made a little money that year and gave great care, she’s applauded. However, if that same administrator tells the same thing to a for-profit board, she’s getting fired. The replacement knows that staffing is the biggest expense and that’s where you will see the cuts.


Continue Reading Several Philly Area Non-Profit Nursing Homes Sold to For-Profit Companies

CMS is currently considering whether or not to ban pre-dispute arbitration documents from nursing home admission contracts. The patient or their family members must sign home admission contracts before they can be admitted, and these contracts are often lengthy and complex. Unfortunately, sometimes these contracts contain a pre-dispute arbitration document, and if the patient signs

Our practice group has often written about how corporations unfairly use predispute arbitration agreements to sidestep the civil-justice system and gain disproportionate advantage when addressing their negligent conduct in arbitration.

Often times, corporations slip arbitration clauses into the admission papers and process—at a time when the family is justifiably thinking about the loved one’s health,

When families are considering whether to use nursing-home services to care for their loved ones, they must consider various issues in determining whether a nursing home is capable of providing adequate care. Among other issues, a family must determine how well a nursing home staffs its operations.

For example, roughly 450 nursing-home care workers recently announced their intentions to go on strike to address the unfair labor practices occurring across four different facilities owned by the same company. But even before the workers commence their strike, the elderly residents within those facilities, and their families, have already endured the catastrophic effects stemming from underpaid staff, and the accompanying understaffed environment.
Continue Reading Staffing Issues May Affect the Quality of Care Rendered in Nursing Homes

While many people have no formal medical training, having a parent that suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia can give people a crash course in anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety medications. Often times, these family members tell me they did not like the fact that their parent or loved one was taking these medications because it turned their parent “into a zombie,” had potential serious side effects, or just didn’t work.
Continue Reading Doctors Getting Inaccurate Rosy Picture Regarding Some Psychiatric Medications

I recently met with Robert Ramsey of Garden State CLE to discuss the possible dangers facing Alzheimer’s patients who reside in assisted living facilities when there is a “locked ward”. Rob and I discuss why this source of abuse commonly happens, how I prepare for a case which includes this sort of abuse, and the genesis of the “Resident’s Rights” statutes that now guides my practice.
Continue Reading Assisted Living & Nursing Home Patients’ Rights