Nursing Homes

Friday, January 18, 2019

Types of Abuse Against Elderly Nursing Home Residents

Nursing homes have long been used as a helpful means of care for elderly relatives. And while they still seem to be convenient, more and more now it seems as though that convenience comes at a cost. There have been numerous newsworthy scandals involving abuse in nursing homes. Approximately 10 percent of elderly in the United States have reported that they suffered some type of abuse or neglect in the nursing home in 2017. It is alarming to think how high that number – not just those reported – may actually be.

There are five different types of nursing home abuse or neglect. The five categories are:

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Friday, October 21, 2016

New CMS Rule Eliminates Nursing Homes’ Unfair Legal Advantage

In September, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule which prohibits  nursing homes and long-term care facilities from forcing patients and their families into private arbitration. This rule goes into effect in November 2016.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are New York’s Nursing Home Regulators a Safety Backstop or an Industry Rubber Stamp?

{3:40 minutes to read} Do New York’s nursing home regulators turn a blind-eye to nursing home mistreatment?

New Yorkers might assume that State of New York Department of Health reviews nursing home operators for past violations, before it allows them to operate a new home. One would think that operators with a history of poor patient care would not be allowed to continue to manage one nursing home, let alone many. Sadly, New York’s nursing home regulators don't seem to apply that common sense.  

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Social Media Abuse: Is Your Loved One a Victim?

{3 minutes to read} Social media and smartphones are not only being used to share statuses and news with friends, they’re putting helpless loved ones at risk for humiliation, or even worse - abuse.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

A Warning Regarding Coumadin: Be Informed

{3:45 minutes to read} Coumadin is a blood-thinning medication used in many health care facilities. It is used to prevent blood clots known to cause injury to the heart or lungs. This drug is generally safe and effective when used as prescribed; however, monitoring Coumadin is challenging. Improper use causes some patients to suffer and it quickens death. Unfortunately, many nursing home patients are suffering from Coumadin’s improper use.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We Need More Nurses. Our Lives Depend On It!

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A recent New York Times op-ed called for hospitals to hire more nurses. We support that position.

Staffing ratios - the number of patients assigned to health care professionals in hospitals and nursing homes-- are much higher than they should be. Nurses are overloaded with patient care responsibilities. As a result they are susceptible to burnout, exhaustion and stress, and have less time to care for patients.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

All That Glitters is Not Good Health Care: The “Chandelier Effect” in Nursing Homes

{3:05 minutes to read} A disturbing trend is emerging in the American nursing homes industry: In their ambitious race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are shifting their marketing focus to attract short-term rehabilitation patients. The reason for this is that although Medicare does not pay for long-term stays, it generally will cover short-term, post-hospital rehab stays, and pays nursing homes more than Medicaid.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nursing Homes = Profits Over People?

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Do nursing home residents suffer from the Profits Over People business model?

A recent article in the New York Times reported that a patient in a small Bronx nursing home was beaten to death by an employee.

The Bronx nursing home is owned by a for-profit private company - often a recipe for disaster when in a healthcare setting. The bottom line is to increase earnings and decrease spending. This strategy negatively affects nursing home standards for staffing levels and the quality of patient care.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Medicare’s Nursing Home Ratings: Were They Rigged?

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Did Medicare allow nursing homes to rig its 5 Star Rating System?

Medicare’s 5-Star system has long been the gold standard for rating nursing homes. Patients and their families rely on this rating scale to decide which nursing homes were best for them. Unfortunately, a New York Times investigation proved that the star review system is incomplete and can be misleading.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senior Safety Alert: Antipsychotic Use On The Rise

Nursing homes prescribe patients dangerous medications at an unusually high rate -- 20% of US nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs that aren't necessary.

Antipsychotics are powerful psychiatric medications with serious and permanent side effects, including death. If only 2% of the general population needs these medications, why do nursing homes prescribe them to patients at ten times that rate?  

These drugs were initially intended for people with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They're not intended to treat people with Alzheimers and were repeatedly denied approval for use in patients with dementia. They increase memory loss and crush people’s spirits.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

5 Danger Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The New York Times recently reported about a daughter’s shock when a video camera she had hidden in her elderly mother’s nursing home room didn’t help to catch a suspected thief as intended. Instead, it recorded two nursing home employees maliciously, physically abusing her mom. The daughter showed the video to law enforcement authorities and the two employees were eventually fired. The unfortunate reality is that 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected and much of that abuse goes unreported.

Most New Yorkers don’t get to see their elderly loved one as often as they’d like. This blog suggests some warning signs for friends and family to be aware of when visiting elderly lo

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