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Resident to Resident Assault

Posted in Advocacy
Norman Spence Daniels has been charged with first degree sexual abuse. The incident involves Daniels and another resident at the Elba Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he lives. The nursing home and the incident are being investigated by the Elba Police Dept., 12th Judicial Court District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences. Further … Continue Reading

Resident to Resident Rape

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
Cincinnati.com reported that a nursing home resident with an extensive criminal history is accused of raping another resident inside her room this week. Edward C. White, 57, was arrested on one count of rape.  Springfield Township police charged White with forcing himself on the woman at the Heartland of Mount Airy.  The victim told him “no,” … Continue Reading

Assault and No Remorse Leads to Lawsuit

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
WISH TV reported the family of a nursing home resident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home after the home failed to show any remorse for the neglect sufered by their loved one.  The lawsuit alleges that Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) of Marion County and American Senior Communities, LLC (ASC) were negligent … Continue Reading

Transfer and Discharge Rights

Posted in Advocacy
Attorney Victoria Dalton wrote a great article on NJ.com about nursing home residents’ transfer and discharge rights. "Our topic for today, Transfer and Discharge Rights, was created under the Nursing Home Bill of Rights which is under the umbrella of the Nursing Home Reform Act. The goal of the Nursing Home Reform Act is to … Continue Reading

Visitor Able to Steal Resident’s Checks

Posted in Advocacy
An article in the Robinson-Moon Patch reported that an Ambridge, Pennsylvania woman admitted to law enforcement that she stole blank checks from a nursing home resident’s room and then attempted to defraud him out of over $1,500. Caren Anne Austin forged the resident’s name and attempted to cash the stolen checks at two local banks.  Staff at … Continue Reading

Understaffing leads to Fine and Suspension

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing
A $5,800 daily fine has been imposed against Bristol Nursing Home in Tennessee.  New admissions were suspended for a couple of days but for some reason was reinstated.  The state also imposed a one-time $3,000 fine.   The federal fine of $5,800 was to be imposed until violations discovered in March have been corrected.  The Tennessee Department of Health … Continue Reading

Horrible Arbitration Decision

Posted in Arbitration, Tort Reform
Several media outlets have discussed the recent decision of an arbitrator in Massachusetts to dismiss the wrongful death case against Brandon Woods Nursing Home.  Elizabeth W. Barrow was strangled to death in 2009 while a patient there.  Her family filed a wrongful death suit claiming the nursing home and staff didn’t do enough to protect Barrow.  … Continue Reading

Resident Input Added to Nursing Home Compare

Posted in Choosing a nursing home, Staffing
Helping You Care is a great website with some great resources.  Recently they discussed the changes to CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website.  "The current nursing home quality measures of the Compare tool will be replaced with new quality measures based upon a new version of nursing home resident assessments, starting in 2012.  The new measure … Continue Reading

Sex Offender Resident Assaults Another Resident

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Staffing
Des Moines Register had an article on a resident to resident assault at Pomeroy Care Center after an 8-year old girl witnessed a female resident in her 90s being sexually assaulted, allegedly by a registered sex offender. The registered offender was ordered to live in Pomeroy Care Center. The nursing home was well aware of the threat, … Continue Reading

Resident to Resident Assaults

Posted in Abuse and Neglect
WREG.com out of Memphis, Tn reported  that police are investigating the death of Willie Mayfield, an 89-year-old nursing home resident after a fight with his new roommate death is under investigation.  Mayfield’s daughter, Mary Charm, was called to the Spring Gate Nursing Home around 5 a.m.  Her father had been a patient there for three months, and … Continue Reading

The Role of the Family

Posted in Advocacy
Hanns Pieper is professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of Evansville.  He wrote a great article on the family’s role in nursing homes for the Evansville Courier & Press.  Here are some excerpts.  "However, a parent’s moving into a nursing home does not mean that family caregivers no longer have a role. Rather, … Continue Reading

Bullys in Nursing Homes

Posted in Advocacy
Angela Stringfellow wrote a great article for SeniorHomes.com about bullying in long term care facilities.  The article references the recent article from the New York Times called "Mean Girls in Assisted Living" by Paula Span.  "Marsha Frankel, clinical director of senior services at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Boston, tells The New York Times that … Continue Reading

Summer Heat Can Be Dangerous to Elderly

Posted in Staffing
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the tragic and preventable death of a nursing home resident left outside in the scorching heat.  Medical examiners performed an autopsy on Martin Belkin, 69, who lived at the Sunrise Care Center.  Belkin was left unsupervised from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., without water or other fluids.  No one knows why the resident … Continue Reading

Resident Falls Climbing Out of Window

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
The Chicago Tribune reported the tragic death of Ramon Crisantos.  He was a 57-year-old nursing home resident who died after he fell while trying to climb down a rope of bed sheets.   Staff at the Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion found the makeshift rope hanging down the window around 5:16 a. It wasn’t clear why Crisantos was trying to sneak … Continue Reading

Safety v. Patient Rights

Posted in Advocacy
Internal Medicine News had an article on new research presented at the American Society on Aging.  Although safety and patients’ rights are not mutually exclusive, sometimes balancing residents’ autonomy related to sex, smoking, and behavioral medications with safety poses challenges for nursing homes according to recent studies. Dr. Melissa L. Martin, medical director of Margaret Tietz Nursing … Continue Reading

Employee Steals from Resident

Posted in Trial themes
The Wall St. Journal reported the arrest of Jennifer Robinson who was Social Services Director at a Queens nursing home is charged with stealing about $220,000 from an elderly patient who suffered from dementia.  Robinson was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. Robinson allegedly wrote checks and withdrew funds from Walter Witko’s bank account. She’s also accused of … Continue Reading

Accident or Assault?

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
The Bennington Banner reported the police investigation into a suspicious death at Crescent Manor Nursing Home.  Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette said that the incident occurred on Nov. 24. An investigation indicated that Dorothy Papero, 84, went into the private room of Rodolpho Davalos, 58. He said staff reported having heard Davalos become upset and tell Papero … Continue Reading

Death Ruled a Homicide

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
The Dayton Daily News reported another investigation into a suspicious death at an Ohio nursing home.  Daniel Brown was beaten in the face and head and died. He went to the long-term care unit at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center after suffering a stroke.  A roommate is suspected in the fatal beating of a nursing home … Continue Reading

Lawsuit involving forced enema

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
ChicoER had an article about allegations of abuse at Evergreen Gridley Healthcare Center in California. William Bonds alleges he was not properly treated and was forced treatment on him that he didn’t want.   According to the suit, Bonds, now deceased, was admitted to Evergreen Gridley Healthcare Center on Sept. 8, 2009, because of "functional decline."  The lawsuit, filed by Bonds’ daughter Shirleen … Continue Reading

Duty to Protect and Keep Safe

Posted in Abuse and Neglect
There have been several articles from numerous news media regarding the death of a resident after his roommate attacked him repeatedly with a rod used to hang clothes in the closet.  The articles try to absolve the facility from any responsibility without any investigation or asking the right questions.  Did the attacker have a history of violence?  … Continue Reading

Stealing money from dead resident

Posted in Staffing
Seattle PI reported the arrest of Gloria Corpuz Hall who was the operator of a Federal Way home for the elderly.  She is facing felony theft charges on allegations that she stole thousands of dollars from a deceased resident.  Prosecutors contend Gloria Corpuz Hall stole $21,775 from the accounts of an elderly woman who had been … Continue Reading

Lawsuit for failing to protect resident

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
The Boston Herald had a story about the lawsuit filed against a nursing home for failing to protect a resident from an assault by another resident.  Nursing homes have a duty to keep residents safe and protected.  Elizabeth Barrow suffered blunt impact to her head and torso and widespread internal hemorrhaging. The cause of her … Continue Reading

RN stops CPR on resident

Posted in Advocacy
The Star-Tribune had an interesting and scary article on a nurse who stopped giving CPR to a resident.  A registered nurse wrongly ordered a halt to CPR on a resident at Woodbury Health Care Center.  The resident was dead before emergency responders could take over. On arriving at the home they questioned why CPR was stopped. The nurse, … Continue Reading

Know Your Rights as a Nursing Home Patient

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare
This guest post is contributed by Jennifer Johnson, who writes on the topics of Nurse Practitioner Schools. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: j.johnson19june@gmail.com. It’s always good for both the nursing home patient and their family members to understand what the patient’s rights are while he or she is under the care of … Continue Reading