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“Inappropriate administration of medication by medical personnel deemed homicide

Posted in Medications, Trial themes
The Chicago Sun Times reported that the death of ALF resident Dorothy Byrd has been ruled a homicide. The Cook County medical examiner’s office announced that Byrd’s Feb. 4 death was a homicide. Byrd died during an “inappropriate administration of medication by medical personnel” at the facility, according to a death certificate.   Testing revealed Byrd… Continue Reading

The Morton Arkansas Empire

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Infamous nursing-home owner Michael Morton met with lobbyist Gilbert Baker a second time to discuss (unethical? illegal?) judicial campaign contributions, including those to since-ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio (who admitted to being bribed by Morton).  In January, Maggio, 53, pleaded guilty to a felony bribery charge in a case that resulted from his handling of… Continue Reading

Owner Steals to Buy Crack

Posted in Staffing, Trial themes
WRAL reported that Victoria Diane White, owner of the North Carolina nursing home Miracle Restoration, was arrested after stealing $250 from a resident’s bank account to buy gasoline, which she traded for crack cocaine and other drugs. White stole the resident’s bank card and used it to make this purchase, then gave the card to… Continue Reading

Failure to Administer CPR

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
KSTP reported that Ralph Dostal died in a nursing home at the age of 78, but his family says it should never have happened. Now, they’re suing the nursing home, and a nurse, claiming both didn’t do enough to save their loved one.  The family of Ralph Dostal filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming their loved one… Continue Reading

Vicious Assault

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
A 28-year-old employee at Whitehall Healthcare Center nursing home has been charged following an investigation into the suspected abuse of a 62-year-old patient.  William Thomas Hill faces a hearing after being arraigned on two counts of third-degree vulnerable adult abuse.  Another worker at Whitehall Healthcare Center in Novi called police March 11 after Thomas David… Continue Reading

How is this Justice?

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
KSDK reported that Walter Javier Martinez pled guilty to four counts of elder abuse. Martinez was employed at a nursing home where he committed sexual assault, forcible rape and sodomy on residents. His punishment? He received only one year in jail, can no longer work with the elderly, and surrendered his healthcare license.  … Continue Reading

The Cost of Neglect

Posted in Advocacy, Staffing, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Preventable medical errors are a common phenomenon, much more common than most people want to think. Though not a topic many people give a lot of thought to, preventable medical errors are one of those things which should outrage us. Though preventable medical errors occur quite a bit in hospitals, they occur even more in… Continue Reading

Financial Exploitation

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Staffing, Trial themes
Amanda McCalister has been charged with theft from the elderly after reportedly stealing money from resident’s rooms. McCalister worked as a nursing aide in the nursing home where the theft occurred. She was caught after one resident’s family complained about missing money on two separate occasions.  see article here. Amber P. Hults, of Quaker Hill… Continue Reading

“15 Minute Visit”

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
Kaiser Health News had an interesting article about the medical profession.  The idea of the “15 Minute Visit”, where doctors spend a short amount of time with patients after waiting months for an appointment, sometimes hours in the waiting room, and have a list of complaints for their doctor, are becoming increasingly more common. Though… Continue Reading

Cover up of Neglect Leads to Arrest

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Long Island Press reported that Jolly Stewart was arrested for various charges including endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsifying business records, and willful violation of health laws. Stewart worked at the J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility as a CNA. The facility has since closed, but while it was operational,… Continue Reading


Posted in Dementia Care, Trial themes
William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. He was 61 years old. Before his diagnosis, Utermohlen was a successful artist. Though his legacy may be his paintings pre-1995, the work he did between 1995-2000 provides a poignant and distressing look at Alzheimer’s. After his diagnosis, Utermohlen began painting a self-portrait each year. Each… Continue Reading

Hidden Camera Records Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
Junetta Jenkins, Jasmine Franco, Champagne Anderson, Savannah Harding, Binita Dahal, and Faye Aguillon are facing charges of neglect after one resident’s son called to complain about the care his father was receiving. The man’s father, a double-amputee who was paralyzed and had cognitive loss, was at Blossom North Nursing Home where he was continually neglected,… Continue Reading

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 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