Month: February 2009

BREAKING NEWS: $75,000 Fine for Nursing Home Choking Death & Factual Misrepresentation

Breaking News:  The State of California has fined a nursing center $75,000 in the case of an elderly man whose death was reported for months as a heart attack, although he really choked on a tuna sandwich.  In 2003, the state accused the same facility of giving unnecessary drugs to eight patients. However, no fines …

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Will the Healthcare Workforce be Adequate as Our Population Ages?

If our aging family members and friends are to continue to live robustly and in the best possible health, we need bold initiatives, says a report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine.  The Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans studied the health care needs of Americans over 65 years of age …

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Resident of Assisted Living Facility, Age 91, Assaulted by Care Provider

The assault was captured on a hidden surveillance camera. In this case, evidence was sufficient to bring a lawsuit against the care provider and owners of the assisted living facility. Viewers to the HensonFuerst nursing home blog are reminded to remain vigilant in their observations of family and friends in assisted care facilities and nursing …

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Restrictions Shut Off Source of Information About Abuse and Neglect in Long- Term Care Facilities

The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long- term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases. A new Rule designates state inspectors and Medicare and Medicaid contractors as federal employees, a group usually shielded from providing evidence for either side in …

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Facing Trial on Felony Charge of Punching a 94-Year-Old Nursing Home Resident in the Mouth Denies Wrongdoing

The caregiver faces charge of battery, which becomes a felony offense when the victim is a law enforcement officer, a child under age 14, mentally or physically disabled, a school employee, a correctional officer, or an endangered adult, which includes people at least 18 years old who can’t provide self care because of mental or …

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Lawsuit Brought By Family of Nursing Home Resident Found at 5:30 AM Wearing a Nightgown and Nothing Else. Coroner Says Hypothermia Played Part in Her Death

The family of Sarah Wentworth wants answers after her body was discovered outside of the suburban nursing home where she lived, Arbor of Itasca, which has a one star rating, on a 5-star federal government scale. That’s the lowest possible rating, meaning the facility is, by government standards, much below average. The family was not …

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Location Matters! A Survey of Nearly 7,000 Home Health Care Providers, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes Revealed Stark Differences in Cost for Long-Term Care Services Based on Geographic Location

The most significant difference between locations was the hourly wage of Home Health Aides (HHAs), causing consumers in the most expensive markets to spend nearly seven times more than those in the least expensive markets. In addition to HHAs, the cost of nursing home care differed greatly across the country. For example, residents of Lafayette, …

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