Questionable Nursing Home Discharge Practices

Questionable Nursing Home Discharge Practices

Too often, residents of nursing homes are treated disrespectfully, as cases to be managed rather than as people to be cared for. The top complaints about these facilities address basic issues such administration of medications, resident/roommate conflict, poor staff attitudes, unanswered requests for assistance, and unfair discharge. In fact, improper evictions are the leading grievance against nursing homes, with complaints totaling as many as 8,000 to 9,000 every year....
Nursing Home Falls: Prevention and Reporting

Nursing Home Falls: Prevention and Reporting

Try as we might to avoid them, there are inescapable physical changes that happen to us as we age. One of the hardest to handle is delayed wound healing. Elderly bodies simply take longer to repair themselves. That’s why it’s so important for seniors to take precautions against hazards such as falling, which can result in broken bones, severe abrasions, concussions, permanent disabilities and even death. The statistics are...
Involuntary Transfers/Discharges from Nursing Homes: Patient Rights

Involuntary Transfers/Discharges from Nursing Homes: Patient Rights

There’s a famous expression that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and most of us like to imagine that we fall into that category. That when situations become difficult, we react with strength and work harder to meet the challenge. The thing is, there are many instances when things get tough in which we choose instead to pass them on so they become someone else’s...
Nursing Home Reform Act & Basic Resident Rights

Nursing Home Reform Act & Basic Resident Rights

Thirty years ago, a study by the Institute of Medicine concluded that residents of nursing homes were being subjected to neglect, abuse, and inadequate care. Many of the subsequent reforms that were proposed were included in the Nursing Home Reform Act, which became law in 1987. The Act was intended to help nursing home patients receive quality care so that they could achieve or maintain their “highest practicable physical,...
Cameras in Nursing Homes: Privacy and Protection

Cameras in Nursing Homes: Privacy and Protection

Most of us remember a time when taking a picture meant capturing an image to a film cartridge that we had to drop off at a drug store to be developed, the anticipation mounting for days before we could find out just exactly what we managed to photograph. Similarly, personal video cameras used to involve rummaging for blank tapes, making recordings that were cumbersome to edit and to view....
CNA Registry to Include In-Home Abuse Complaints

CNA Registry to Include In-Home Abuse Complaints

Aging is one of those universal truths, an equalizer of gender, race, class, religion, etc. It happens to us all, though its effects vary widely. Current average life expectancy is 78.8 years, but that quantity of time is no reflection of quality. Some of us develop few health problems, while others are burdened with serious afflictions. Of those who find they can no longer manage alone, most want to...