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
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Non-Disparagement Clauses: Buying the Silence of Guardians
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…
Study Finds Isolation Increases Risk of Death in the Elderly
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.
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Read the Fine Print When Working with Nursing Home Placement Agencies
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.
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Picking a nursing home but don’t know where to begin?
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.
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What You Can Do When You Feel Your Loved One Is Not Being Properly Cared For
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.
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Medicaid and Medicare Fraud: A Drain on US Healthcare
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.
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Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
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.
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Improving the Quality of Care
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…
Nursing Home abuse and whistle blowers in New York state
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.
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