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Nursing Home Negligence Archives

Does failure to plan for natural disasters equal nursing home neglect?

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, one of the most shocking stories to come from the storm- and flood-ravaged region was that of the mass lack of preparedness of area nursing homes. At one facility, 35 residents died during the storm, with some believed to have drowned in their beds when the building flooded.

Hackensack nursing home abuse may increase with aging population

The baby boomers are retiring, and advances in medicine are keeping people alive longer than ever before. New vaccines and breakthrough medicines will continue to develop, increasing the number of elderly Americans. An increase in the number of older Americans will likely lead to the need for more caretakers and nursing homes, which could increase the risk of New Jersey nursing home abuse in different forms.

Nursing home employees penalized for abuse of resident

Two nursing home employees have lost their medical licenses after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of an incompetent person and willful violation of health laws. For one of the employees, this was her third citation for nursing home negligence, which makes her involvement in the most recent offense even more disturbing.

New Jersey ranks low in nursing home care

In a recent ranking of all 50 U.S. states, New Jersey fell in the bottom 10 states in terms of the percentage of nursing home patients who develop bedsores or are hospitalized for an injury or illness related to their nursing home care. If New Jersey had the level of care of the highest-ranking state, the report indicates, approximately 6,000 hospitalizations that are the result of nursing home neglect or abuse could be avoided every year.

Negligent recordkeeping causes injury at nursing homes, part two

Earlier this week, we began a discussion of insufficient and intentionally falsified medical care records in nursing homes. This all-too-common occurrence has been brought to light with a recent lawsuit in which the husband of a deceased woman alleged that her death was the result of nursing home abuse and neglect. In the suit, he claims that facility employees improperly handled and falsified his wife's medical charts in an effort to cover up their actions.

Negligent recordkeeping causes injury at nursing homes, part one

New Jersey families who have made the difficult decision to place a parent in a nursing home know of the shift that occurs once your loved one is officially under the care of the nursing home staff. When you are no longer tasked with your loved one's daily care, you may find yourself completely out of the loop, with little to no knowledge about your parent's daily routine, medical care and treatment, and any issues that may come up.

Nursing home ratings show persistent neglect

A local newspaper investigation has revealed that the overwhelming majority of nursing homes in several New Jersey counties are consistently receiving low ratings from the federal agency tasked with evaluating the facilities. Violations that led to the low ratings are common examples of nursing home neglect: medication error, unclean and unsafe living conditions, untreated injuries and infections, and residents being ignored or left unattended.

Nursing home abuse spurs New Jersey wrongful death suit

Back in March, we wrote about a sad instance of nursing home abuse in which an undercover 'granny cam' showed a staff member at a New Jersey nursing home striking an elderly resident, removing her oxygen max unnecessarily, and otherwise harming the 87-year-old woman. Now, the resident's family has sued the employee, the facility, and various other defendants, claiming that the nursing home abuse caused the resident's untimely death.

Nursing homes improperly treat dementia with antipsychotic drugs

With the struggling economy, it seems that everyone is feeling the pinch. Nursing homes are not immune to dealing with a tightened budget, with cuts in state and federal aid and slashes in funding all too common these days. However, a new report indicates that New Jersey nursing homes are using improper and unsafe methods to deal with their reduced budgets.

Reporting nursing home neglect

Many different emotions usually play into a decision to place a loved one into a nursing home or assisted care facility. Feelings of guilt, abandonment, sadness and sorrow are usually involved, as well as anger and frustration. However, what most people don't anticipate is the fear and worry that accompanies a suspicion of nursing home abuse or neglect.