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Forensic Accounting of Theft

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
Joyce Ziehli was charged last year with six counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing $850,000 from the nursing home where she worked. The New Glaurus Home hired a forensic accountant to see exactly how much Ziehli had stolen while she was an employee there, a ten year span. The accountant said the amount was… Continue Reading

Rape Caught on Tape

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Laszlo Molnar, owner and operator of AA Adult Family Home in Auburn, was recently caught on camera raping an 83 year old dementia patient. Molnar has been charged with second degree rape, and it is unlikely that he will escape a conviction as the family of the patient caught the rape on camera. After sensing… Continue Reading

More Oversight Needed

Posted in Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
McKnights reported that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General has held that nursing home oversight is a top priority for the past two years. It was ranked 7th in priorities in 2013 and 5th in 2014. The OIG explains that nursing home oversight is becoming more of a priority… Continue Reading

Victimized by Other Residents

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
In this blog we often highlight instances of abuse and neglect at the hands of nursing homes and their employees. However, a new study finds that abuse can occur from a less reported source – other residents of the home. According to this study, 1 in 5 nursing home residents are victimized by another resident… Continue Reading

Wandering Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
CBS reported that Roy Lee Jackson, a resident of Rockwall Nursing Center, was found dead in the woods outside the facility.  Jackson had last been seen around 5 a.m.  Rockwall police issued a Silver Alert asking for help finding 74-year old Roy Lee Jackson just before 11 a.m.. From the corner where the nursing home… Continue Reading

For Profits Exploit HUD

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Center for Public Integrity published a story detailing how some of the lowest performing nursing homes in the country are backed by federal mortgage loans. 240 one-star nursing homes were granted HUD-backed loans. When nursing homes default on these loans, the public pay for it because they are backed by the federal government. The… Continue Reading

Glen Campbell – I’m Not Gonna Miss You

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Trial themes
http://youtu.be/U8TsAh-zYFI Glen Campbell has shared the above video for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” as he battles Alzheimer’s Disease. The ballad’s lyrics detail Campbell’s struggle with the illness, but the music video utilizes personal home video and performance footage from throughout Campbell’s life, the result is a truly poignant experience. “You’re the last person I will… Continue Reading

Vision of Eldertopia by Bill Thomas

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
The Ithaca Journal interviewed renowned aging and long term care expert Bill Thomas who is an author, physician, and internationally recognized authority on longevity.  H is challenging conventional views on aging and long term care.  He is the co-founder of the The Eden Alternative and founder of the Green House Project. Thank you for taking… Continue Reading

What did the nursing home know?

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Detroit’s WXYZ reported that the family of a 69-year-old woman who was raped by a Sterling Heights nursing home employee is now suing the facility for negligence.  The victim claims workers at HarborChase of Sterling Heights knew about other sexual assaults by 22-year-old Mazen Zuhairi, but failed to stop them or fire him timely.  Zuhairi was… Continue Reading

Protecting Loved Ones

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Staffing, Trial themes
NJ Online had a great article about protecting loved ones from elder abuse quoting esteemed nursing home advocate/attorney Saul Gruber.  Our senior citizens are the heart of the population, but are often times forgotten when placed into long-term care facilities. “The nursing homes get to a point where they are trying to make money and the… Continue Reading

Preventable ER Visits

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
JAMDA had an article on ” Identifying Potentially Preventable Emergency Department Visits by Nursing Home Residents in the United States”.  Below is the Abstract. Abstract Objectives To identify and describe potentially preventable emergency department (ED) visits by nursing home (NH) residents in the United States. These visits are important because they are common, frequently lead to… Continue Reading

Surgical Errors

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about surgical errors in hospitals.  Surgery can be risky by its very nature, and the possibility of error or negligence makes it even more so. According to an analysis last year in the journal Patient Safety in Surgery, 46% to 65% of adverse events in hospitals are… Continue Reading

Sexual Predator Caught in the Act

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Star Tribune reported that a severely disabled resident at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis was sexually assaulted last December by an employee who had entered the resident’s room at night, according to a state investigation.  A witness reported seeing the alleged assailant moving back and forth in a “thrusting motion” about four times, while the resident… Continue Reading

End of Life Research

Posted in Advocacy, Dementia Care, Trial themes
Vox reported on dying in America based on the research by Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit national health policy news service, with support from The SCAN Foundation.  15 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care.  It… Continue Reading

Guilty Pleas in Video Recorded Neglect Case

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Buffalo News reported that nine months have passed since a hidden-camera investigation led to the arrest of 17 workers at HighPointe.  It was late April and the employees – a registered nurse, seven licensed practical nurses and nine certified nursing aides – stood accused of neglecting a bedridden man under their care.  Each worker at HighPointe on… Continue Reading

Video Captures Assault

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
KSAT reported that Marla Bean was fired from her job at Esplanade Gardens, the Converse nursing home where she allegedly beat a resident who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, according to one of the facility’s administrators.  An arrest affidavit stated that the daughter of the 77-year-old victim installed a camera in her mother’s room after noticing some unexplained… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Industry Pressures Nursing Home Regulators

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Regulatory enforcement, Tort Reform, Trial themes
WTAE Action News Investigates has found another example of the nursing home industry telling the nursing home regulators how to do their job – and succeeding.  Last year the Pennsylvania Health Department who are required by law to inspect, supervise, and investigate nursing homes to promote the health and safety of the nursing home residents… Continue Reading

Value Based Payments

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Trial themes
The New England Journal of Medicine published an article by Ms. Burwell, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Burwell wrote about the opportunity to shape the way care is delivered and improve the quality of care system wide, while helping to reduce the growth of health care costs.  The Department of Health and Human Services… Continue Reading

Arbitration: The Silver Bullet for Tortfeasors

Posted in Advocacy, Arbitration, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Inside Arm appears to be a defense blog and podcast.  The blog had an article about why companies use arbitration agreements and force victims of negligence to forgo their constitutional right to a jury trial. In “Is There a ‘Silver Bullet’….”, corporate lawyer John Rossman of Moss & Barnett in MN says, “What if there existed a… Continue Reading

Dehydration and Death

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Reuters reported that people in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than elderly people living in the community, new research suggests. People in nursing homes may be at a greater risk of dehydration, especially if they require assistance and may not drink enough fluids on their own.  The study, involving patients admitted to hospitals… Continue Reading