Archive for February, 2005

Nursing home abuse headlines from February, 2005.

February 2005

How to find care outside the home

A recent Indianapolis Star article offered area residents information and advice on making the best living choice for their elderly loved ones in Indiana. Finding a nursing home, or other long term care facility, not only means becoming familiar with the types of facilities available but also licensing requirements (unlike nursing homes, ALFs are not […]

Monday the 28th

Options Available to Help Care For the Elderly

Officials are still investigating an elder-abuse incident which resulted in an elderly woman being removed from a Magna home; Magna, Utah is a part of the Salt Lake City metro area with some 22,000 residents. Emergency crews responding to a call to help a stroke victim found the woman immobile, laying in a chair saturated […]

Sunday the 27th

State report shows inaction at Knoxville nursing home

Local Knoxville news station, WATE, reported that investigators for the state of Tennessee found Hillcrest Healthcare North staff & administrators ignored sexual abuse allegations. As a result of the state’s report, two assistant nursing directors and an administrator were fired and the director of nursing resigned, although Hillcrest never admits wrongdoing in the report. Hillcrest […]

Thursday the 24th

Investigating deaths by law; Pending senate bill would require nursing homes to notify coroner of all nursing home deaths

A new bill before the Indiana Senate seeks to change the way nursing homes report deaths. Currently, the coroner’s office is only notified in cases of suspected abuse, neglect, or other suspicious death. The new law would require long-term care facilities to report all deaths to the coroner, who would then decide which warranted further […]

Tuesday the 22nd

Supporters of cameras in nursing homes rally

Supporters of a bill to allow families to put cameras in nursing homes rallied today at the Arkansas state Capitol of Little Rock. The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee had Willie Mae Ryan Nursing Home Resident Protection Act (House Bill 1392) on the day’s agenda. The bill, named for a 81-year-old nursing home […]

Tuesday the 22nd

Proposal to improve care protects against litigation; Advocates for elderly call bill a step backward

Recently introduced into the Kansas’ Legislature, House Bill 2241 aims to change the ways nursing home and assisted living facilities handle risk management and patient care concerns. Additionally the bill prevents reports, records, state inspections or analysis that takes place under these new risk management programs from being introduced in court in the event of […]

Monday the 21st

Apparent Beating at Nursing Home

A Philadelphia nursing home resident was brutally beaten and the police are searching for an employee of the nursing home believed be responsible for the attack. The patient, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, is recovering in a local hospital. The male nurse’s aide suspected in the attack was interviewed by police at the nursing home, but […]

Tuesday the 15th

Nursing Home Admissions Suspended; The Cornelia House Cited for Violations

Health Commissioner Kenneth Robinson, MD has suspended new admissions of patients to The Cornelia House and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $6,000. The Department of Health has also recommended assessment of a federal civil penalty of $3,350 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the […]

Tuesday the 15th

Background Checks on Health Care Workers in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s criminal background checks on health care workers have a fatal flaw: they only access local criminal records. Out of state crimes are virtually ignored in the hiring process, an oversight many are eager to correct in light of recent charges filed in several nursing home abuse cases. National background checks are widely supported, […]

Monday the 14th