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California Congressman Recognized for Funding of the State Ombudsman Program

A congressman in California has been recognized by a senior advocacy group for authoring legislation providing extra funding for the state ombudsman program.  North Carolina also has a State Ombudsman program which many people do not even know exists.  The program provides each county with a person, known as an ombudsman, whose job is to …

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Wake Forest Care Center: “THESE FOLKS ARE AT RISK.”

According to Catherine Goldman, senior practitioner with Wake County Human Services, the home needs sharp regulatory eyes trained on it to protect residents. “These folks are at risk,” Goldman said Wednesday. Consequently, the home has a no-star rating due to problems like a smoking-related building fire, high rates of medication mistakes, electrical hazards and food …

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Feds Move In, Finally

The federal government has promised a nationwide crackdown on nursing home abuses with the worst nursing homes being targeted for repeat surprise inspections, instead of the annual surveys conducted under the current system. Furthermore, federal officials pledge they will impose tough sanctions on violators, including fines and a ban on new admissions under the Medicare …

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North Carolina Writer Offers Advice on Nursing Care

Pamela Lipscomb, of the Charlotte Examiner, suggests families and caregivers of persons needing long-term care remember these simple, common-sense tips:  Be Present As Much As Possible; Be Vigilant; Develop Relationships with the Staff; Have a Regular Visitation Schedule; Participate.  Multiple studies have shown that abuse is far less likely to occur when family members and …

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Simple Dignity Denied Once Again

An unnamed certified nursing assistant at Tennessee’s Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center took images of several unclothed residents at the nursing home. The photos and videos were found when a cell phone was left at a local restaurant, a report from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) indicates. A restaurant worker turned on the …

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