Posts Tagged ‘Nursing Home’

Nursing Home Preparedness During Natural Disasters

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey … but especially those within our most vulnerable populations, such as residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

In 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new rule is aimed at increasing patient safety during emergencies and establishing a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters.

Despite this ruling, gaps continue to exist in nursing home emergency preparedness and response during disasters:

http://time.com/4917743/la-vita-bella-nursing-home-dickinson-texas-photo/

While this story has a happy ending many do not.  We must always hold facilities responsible for the care and treatment of nursing home residents.  Few people think to ask about disaster preparedness when selecting a nursing home – but they should.

If you or your loved ones have questions please call our offices at 609-520-0900.

Nursing Home Abuse: Alzheimer’s Patient in Florida Tragedy Reinforces Need for Strict Nursing Home Supervision

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Two certified nursing assistants at Florida nursing home are under arrest after they tormented and hit a 75-year-old Alzheimer’s Disease patient, according to Winter Haven police.  The alleged nursing home abuse was caught on camera.

Detectives say the patient’s son saw unusual bruises on his father’s arms and legs and decided to set up a hidden camera which revealed three specific incidents that happened over a timespan of three weeks.

These are the images of our nightmares; entrusting a loved one to another’s care only to find that trust has been violated and abuse has occurred.  It is imperative to know the warning signs of abuse.  Some red flags include:

Falls, fractures or head injuries
Bed sores (pressure ulcers)
Ligature marks around throat, mouth, wrists or ankles
Sudden changes in weight
Unusual or sudden changes in behavior
Soiling, poor hygiene, urine and feces odor

It is also very important to monitor your loved one’s treatment at the chosen facility on a regular basis, and immediately voice your concerns if you suspect any type of nursing home abuse, neglect or denial of your loved one’s rights. Studies show that family involvement increases the likelihood that a long-term care resident will receive quality care

In-room surveillance camera’s (like the ones used in the case above) may be another option.  For more information on “Granny Cams” please see our related blog:
http://www.njmedmalpracticeblog.com/2013/11/21/granny-cam-nursing-homes/

Should you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect please call me at 609-520-0900 for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Admission Documents – Be Wary, Be Informed

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Some recent Supreme Court rulings have negatively affected the rights of nursing home patients and their families.

When completing admission documentation at a nursing home, beware the “mandatory arbitration” clause.   In an effort to secure legal immunity, some nursing homes have added language in their admission agreements to protect themselves from lawsuits.  By signing these documents you may be surrendering your rights, and should negligence arise, your only path for recourse might be mandatory arbitration.

In a mandatory arbitration situation you are denied a trial by your peers and instead an arbitrator decides the rules, weighs the facts and arguments of both parties, and then decides the dispute.  Note, it is often the nursing home that chooses the arbitrator and any revelations about the nursing home situation tend to be kept secret.  This is because that leading up to a trial there is an open pre trial discovery stage which may compel the nursing home to turn over certain evidence or documents demonstrating their negligence or wrongdoing, which can be absent from the arbitration process.

Consumer advocates have long said that mandatory arbitration clauses deny clients their rights to a fair hearing.  It is important to read nursing home admission documents carefully to determine if they contain a mandatory arbitration clause, so that you can make an informed choice for your loved one.