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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

The Ostrich Owner

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Trial themes
CBS News reported on the tragic story of nursing home resident Geneva Hilton.  Geneva, 68, was admitted into Centinela Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre West in Inglewood in 2014. Five weeks later, she was dead.  Her daughter, Czersale Hilton, believes the facility’s neglect caused her wrongful and premature death. Hilton has sued Centinela West, claiming elder abuse… Continue Reading

Misdemeanor Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Daily Item reported the arrest of Jason Lee Daniels accused of injuring a patient while working at the Mount Carmel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  Daniels is charged with misdemeanor counts of neglect of care dependent person, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, along with a summary count of harassment. According to arrest papers, nursing home staff discovered bruising beneath… Continue Reading

HCR ManorCare is SpinCo

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that HCP Inc. will “spin off” beleaguered HCR ManorCare, its skilled nursing and assisted living portfolio, into an independent real estate investment trust, the company announced.  HCP purchased HCR ManorCare’s real estate assets from private-equity firm The Carlyle Group in 2010 for $6.1 billion. The HCR ManorCare business has been a nagging worry for HCP ever… Continue Reading

Corporate Ownership = Lower Quality of Care

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
Over the last two decades, thousands of nursing homes have been bought and sold by for profit corporate chains. A new study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG042418) has found that these transactions are related to lower quality of care. The findings are published in the May issue of the journal Health… Continue Reading

For Profits Hide the Money

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
The NonProfit quarterly had a great article on the recent Boston Globe investigation into for profit nursing homes. The Boston Globe has been examining the 2014 financial reports from 396 Massachusetts nursing homes, comparing expenditures and health and safety rankings. The findings reflect significant differences, although the Globe reports that it is difficult to make… Continue Reading

NHC’s Cozy Relationship

Posted in Advocacy, Tort Reform, Trial themes
The Post and Courier reported the shockingly corrupt relationship between NHC, the national for profit nursing home chain, and State Representative Brian White.  National Healthcare Corp. is White’s largest corporate source of campaign donations, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.  Bradley and Brian Moorhouse, brothers who are both nursing home administrators… Continue Reading

“The best of all the nightmares”

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Trial themes
The Record had a disturbing article an the pattern of abuse and neglect at Wagner Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  “It’s an absolute hell hole,” said Joyce Griffin whose son Reed McCormick, 57, spent time at the facility a few years ago. McCormick was recuperating from being hit by a car while walking in a parking… Continue Reading

False Charting

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing, Trial themes
The Boston Globe had an interesting article about the false charting found during an investigation into the neglect and wrongful death of a nursing home resident at Woodbriar Health Center owned and operated by Synergy Health Centers of New Jersey.  The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fined Woodbriar $288,400 for health and safety violations… Continue Reading

2% Cost Increase for Nursing Home Care

Posted in Advocacy, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported the average national cost of both private and semi-private skilled nursing rooms increased a total of 2% over 2014, according to a new report from Lincoln Financial Group. Lincoln’s new “What Care Costs” data report shows the average cost of a semi-private room is nearing $87,000 annually, while a private room runs close to $99,600… Continue Reading