Archive for August, 2006

Nursing home abuse headlines from August, 2006.

August 2006

Allegations of elder abuse surface at local nursing home

Troutdale, OR – Disturbing allegations of elder abuse have surfaced about a nursing home in Troutdale. KATU News has learned that police are investigating possible sex abuse at Alterra Clare Bridge. Administrators say an employee is on leave after someone reported seeing inappropriate contact with one of the residents.

Thursday the 31st

Crackdown on Lapses in Patient Care Moves Through California Assembly: For the first time, state inspectors would be able to fine hospitals for problems. Recent scandals at transplant centers provide the impetus

Los Angeles, CA – Spurred by hospital scandals, the state Legislature is considering granting new powers to California regulators — allowing them to fine hospitals up to $100,000 for serious lapses in patient care. The bill, currently on the Assembly floor, would bring hospitals in line with nursing homes and health plans, both of which […]

Saturday the 26th

AARP seeks to end payday lending, opposes shields for rest homes

Fayetteville, AR – Members of the Arkansas chapter of the AARP began a statewide tour Wednesday to promote issues in the November election, including ending payday lending and opposing additional legal protections for nursing homes…. The AARP also asked if candidates supported or opposed expansion of a 2003 act, which provided some legal protections — […]

Thursday the 24th

Former employees say Herrin nursing home mistreating patients

Herrin, IL – Five former employees of Shawnee Christian Nursing Center staged an informational picket Tuesday, alleging patients are being neglected and abused, an allegation strongly denied by an administrative official at the 159-bed facility…. [Former Supervisor Clyde] Parker declined to discuss any of the details surrounding the allegations because of an ongoing state investigation. […]

Thursday the 24th

Nursing aide on run after rape charge

Seattle, WA – A King County nursing assistant is on the run after being charged with second-degree rape. Lamin Darboe, a 39-year-old nursing assistant, was working at Kindred Hospital in Seattle. He is accused of taking advantage of a stroke victim who is paralyzed and cannot speak. The 31-year-old woman can communicate only by nodding […]

Thursday the 24th

Register Watchdog Report says care home’s license at risk: A lawyer says Paragon Gardens is ‘a good facility,’ despite its 57 citations from state regulators since June 2005

Mission Viejo, CA – The Mission Viejo Alzheimer’s facility where a patient disappeared two months ago has been cited 57 times since June of last year, including repeated violations for inadequate staffing, poor care of dementia patients, and lying to regulators and residents’ families. State officials told The Orange County Register this week that Paragon […]

Tuesday the 22nd

Nursing Chain Settles Claims: Beverly Enterprises agrees to pay $20 million to end accusations that its subsidiary fraudulently billed Medicare and Medi-Cal

Los Angeles, CA – Nursing home operator Beverly Enterprises Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle allegations that it defrauded federal and California healthcare programs, the Justice Department announced Friday. The Fort Smith, Ark.-based company, once the nation’s largest nursing home chain with 60 facilities in California, was accused of submitting false reimbursement […]

Tuesday the 22nd