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Bounced Paychecks

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
Everything Lubbock reported the sad situation at Littlefield Hospitality nursing home.  The owners owe the employees a total of $17,880.75, said the Lamb County District Attorneys Office. The DA’s Office said that six employees of Littlefield Hospitality have come forward, saying they are unable to cash their paychecks. Sylvia Garcia is one of those employees,… Continue Reading

Will the Industry Die?

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Sherwin Sheik  is the founder & CEO of CareLinx, an online nationwide marketplace that directly connects families with professional and affordable caregivers.  He wrote an interesting article for Huffington Post about the decline and future downfall of the nursing home industry.  One major factor is the increasing difficulty recruiting and retaining staff in the major metropolitan regions… Continue Reading

Labor and Quality of Care

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Marge Robinson is president of SEIU Healthcare Michigan who represents many employees of long term care facilities.  She wrote a fantastic editorial in The Detroit News.  Below are excerpts: No rational person would argue that the elderly relegated to nursing homes in the twilight of their lives are not among our most vulnerable population of… Continue Reading

Another Financial Exploitation Incident

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Miami Herald reported the tragic tale of famous musician Avigdor Ziskin.  Ziskin was a resident of Regents Park at Aventura for the last 5 years.  In 2009, Ziskin — who was a concert pianist — had a net worth of more than $3 million.  During his residency, employees managed to siphon more than $2 million of his… Continue Reading


Posted in Dementia Care, Staffing, Trial themes
Delirium is misunderstood, even among some health care providers. Often observed among institutionalized patients – particularly older ones – it’s an acute decline in cognitive functioning that appears sporadically.  Delirium may result from illnesses such as lingering infections, dehydration, sedation, an improper blending or administration of medications and is a sign of neglect.  It’s not… Continue Reading

Jewelry Taken From Dying Resident

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
nwfDailyNews reported the arrest of two nursing home employees who are accused of stealing resident’s valuables and pawning them.  According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, sometime between March 31 and April 2 the two, Lora Kathryn Davis and Brian Pierce Smith entered a resident’s room at Belvedere Commons in Fort Walton Beach while the… Continue Reading

CMS Releases Nursing Home Enforcement Information

Posted in Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release an “Enforcement Report” with information about nursing home provider enforcement from 2006 to 2014.  The CMS enforcement reports provide information about CMS and state survey agency enforcement actions for all surveys from 2006 to 2014.   The release is part of the agency’s “ongoing efforts to ensure… Continue Reading

CNA Arrested for Abuse

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Buffalo News reported that Angelene Burton, a nursing home aide at Highpointe on Michigan Health Care Facility, has been charged with slapping an 88-year-old patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and acute kidney failure.  Burton allegedly slapped the resident on the left side of his head during care and later in the face, according to the office of Attorney… Continue Reading

Dumping Allowed in California

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Courthouse News Service reported the disturbing decision by a judge in California to dismiss a lawsuit about the illegal dumping of nursing home residents.  Lead plaintiff Bruce Anderson and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform sued the state last November for failing to enforce rulings that require nursing homes to re-admit low-income residents. Anderson and two other… Continue Reading

Alternatives to Anti-psychotics

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Medications, Staffing, Trial themes
Greater communication between doctors and nursing home employees about the condition and treatment of dementia patients allowed specialists to participate in care, improving patients’ health, according to a recent study.  The website Long Term Living had the following article on this issue: Nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia were less likely to need… Continue Reading

Wandering Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Sentinel Echo reported on the tragic and preventable death of Dorothy McKnight.  McKnight was a resident of Laurel Village.  The facility failed to supervise her and allowed her to leave the premises during frigid winter temperatures on Jan. 18. Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said after the incident that McKnight was “not dressed for the weather”… Continue Reading

Orianna Health Systems

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Greenville Online had an article on the national for-profit nursing home chain Covenant Dove attempting to increase their market share in South Carolina. Covenant Dove, which this month became Orianna Health Systems, is a private company with nursing homes in 11 states, including 17 in South Carolina. Thirteen of them are in the Upstate, including a 132-bed facility… Continue Reading

Soliciting Rape

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The News-Gazette had a very sick and disturbing article on how Channing J. Butler, an employee of Bickford Senior Living facility Bickford Cottage, was caught and arrested for soliciting others to have sex with female residents so that he could videotape them. Butler allegedly wanted the men to perform both oral and vaginal sex on… Continue Reading

Resident to Resident Conflict

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Reuters reported on a new study that found at least one in five nursing home residents may endure verbal or physical abuse from their roommates or other residents, a study found in Annals of Internal Medicine, online June 13, 2016.  Researchers examined data on 2,011 nursing home residents and found 407 of them had been involved in… Continue Reading

Prevention of UTIs

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Infection Control, Trial themes
Health Day had an interesting article about a recent study about urinary tract infections (UTIs).   A team from New York City’s Columbia University School of Nursing surveyed 955 nursing homes in 2014. The researchers also analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They found that in any given month, for over 88,000 nursing… Continue Reading

CNA Arrested for Forgery

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported the disturbing story of  Jennifer Pizzuti, a certified nursing assistant arrested for allegedly forging a certification that would allow her to work in New Jersey long-term care facilities.  Pizzuti was told in 2015 that her 2-year Nurse Aide Certification had expired. She couldn’t renew the certification until she “cleared up some outstanding issues” that… Continue Reading

Sava Cheats Employees

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The Southeast Texas Record reported that the infamous national for-profit nursing home chain SavaSeniorCare has been accused of ripping off their nursing employees.  What a surprise. Nurse Praxedes Wara alleges she was not paid overtime wages while working for an assisted living facility owned and operated by Sava.  Wara filed a complaint against SavaSeniorCare LLC,… Continue Reading

Short Staffing Case Proceeds

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
The News Observer reported that Judge Sarah Singleton issued an order denying motions to dismiss from lawyers for Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group, one of the nation’s largest nursing home chains.  The frivolous motion was an attempt to quash serious allegations of neglect, fraud, and understaffing causing harm to vulnerable adults. “Many vulnerable New Mexicans suffered horrifically,… Continue Reading

Gambling Addict Exploits Elderly

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
The Oklahoman reported the 20 year prison sentence given to Amy Gustina Klimkowski, the business manager of Windsor Hills Nursing Center, for exploiting elderly residents.  Klimkowski has admitted to a gambling addiction after being accused last year of stealing more than $130,000 from three residents for her personal use. Evidence showed a large portion of the stolen funds were spent… Continue Reading

Patient Safety: 54 Years of Progress … or Stasis?

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes had an interesting conversation with OR Excellence speaker Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS It’s disheartening, says anesthesiologist and patient safety expert Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS, how little patient safety has improved during his lifetime. More than 400,000 U.S. citizens die from preventable medical errors each year. Only heart disease and… Continue Reading

CMS’ Nursing Home Action Plan

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported on the plan from CMS (FY 2016 to 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan) which laid out five strategies that will “guide” the CMS’ Division of Nursing Homes in improving safety and quality throughout the nursing home industry. The top item is enhancing consumer awareness and assistance in navigating nursing home care, through tools… Continue Reading

AHA’s New Recommendations for Strokes

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported the new recommendations urging stroke patients to receive treatment at an inpatient rehabilitation facility instead of long term nursing homes according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The new recommendations urge stroke patients to receive treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation facility “whenever possible,” unless they have a condition that would require more skilled… Continue Reading