Nursing Home Neglect Archives

Are there objective indicia of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Helping a loved one transition to a nursing home or residential care facility can be a difficult process. Thanks to an online rating system published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the process can at least be informed. 

Does resident-on-resident violence constitute nursing home abuse?

Readers may associate nursing home neglect or abuse as involving only the actions of medical professionals or other facility staff. However, a recent story illuminates another area of potential abuse at these facilities, brought on by other residents.

Is there a systemic flaw in nursing home diagnostic care?

According to a recent report, a medical misdiagnosis may affect most Americans at some point in their lives. In fact, an estimated 12 million patients might suffer from this type of medical harm each year. The findings were authored by an independent team of medical experts and released in conjunction with the National Academy of Sciences. 

What happens when medical errors are discovered after two years?

If a patient is injured by a doctor’s negligence, he or she may have a legal right to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, patients may not always realize that their condition resulted from a medical mistake or error.

Is a proactive approach possible against nursing home neglect?

A nursing home can serve an important function, helping ease the transition from retirement to assisted living. However, a recent article reminds us that not all facilities may provide the same quality of care. In fact, some nursing home staff might even be accused of service that falls below a professional standard of care. If such service were to result in resident injuries, a jury might determine the behavior to be negligent, thereby implicating civil liability and a potential damages award. In fact, our personal liability law firm focuses on nursing home abuse and neglect and can offer experienced assistance in proving negligence. 

Recognizing nursing home neglect, P.1

Most people don’t think about it much until we hear something in the news, but elder abuse is an unfortunate reality in nursing homes and other facilities for the aged. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is estimated to affect between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 and older. The type of abuse varies, but includes physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.

Recognizing nursing home neglect, P.2

In one of our previous posts, we began discussing recognition of nursing home neglect and how nursing home care is regulated. As we mentioned, federal law specifies the standards of care for facilities accepting Medicare and Medicaid funding. States also regulate nursing home care. Here in Alabama, the agency that regulates licensing and/or certification of health care facilities, including nursing homes, is the Bureau of Health Provider Standards.

Popular Blood Thinner Can Be A Killer

The blood thinner Coumadin (or warfarin) is a widely used drug in this country. It is often prescribed for older adults for the prevention of strokes, blood clots and heart attacks. But its use must be closely monitored.  Too much can lead to internal bleeding. Too little can allow blood clots to form.

Civil lawsuit pending in case of Alabama nursing home abuse

There is no question that elderly or disabled individuals should be treated well by those who care for them. In fact for many people charged with finding a place for a loved one to live, their main focus is making sure that they end up in a place where they will not be abused or neglected. Unfortunately, even when that is a focus while looking for a nursing home, it is possible that once living there, a resident could face behaviors that fall into those categories.

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