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Thomas Henson, Jr., Head of HensonFuerst’s Nursing Home Abuse Division, Demands Answers About Charles Trefzger

Various operating entities, wholly or partly owned by Trefzer—a Hickory entrepreneur—manage 20 assisted living centers in North Carolina, with operations divided among a series of limited-liability entities, according to The News & Observer.  Since Trefzger began managing Zebulon House in Wake County last summer, the long-term care center has racked up citations for a four-month …

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Florida House of Representatives Bill 493—Poor Choice for Nursing Home Residents

HB 493, according to The Pensacola News Journal, literally makes it easier for nursing home corporations to get away with poor care, abuse and even the death of a nursing home resident. The bill was introduced by Florida Rep. Dave Murzin, who, according to The NewsJournal, has been the most frequent author of bills to …

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Attitudes About the Elderly Affect Their Treatment

According to Erdman B. Palmore, a professor emeritus of gerontology at Duke University, “The way our society devalues older people could contribute to their neglect and abuse on some occasions.” One Alzheimer’s patient cried out for water before going to the hospital with dehydration. Another broke an eye socket when a wheelchair rolled down a …

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Cameras Prohibited in Many Nursing Homes… What’s Being Hidden?

A bill making its way through the Maryland House of Delegates would require nursing homes to give people the choice of installing cameras that the patients or their families would pay for themselves.  The partners of HensonFuerst’s Nursing Home Litigation Division endorse this bill-of-choice and encourage viewers to this blog to voice their support by …

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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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