Archive for December, 2007

Nursing home abuse headlines from December, 2007.

December 2007

Nursing Home Worker Kills Self After Being Charged with Rape of Alzheimer’s Patient; Family Suing Village Creek Nursing Home

Fort Worth, TX – A state investigation revealed a laundry worker was caught raping an Alzheimer’s patient at the Village Creek Nursing Home in Fort Worth. Charles Schealy, 67, told police the sex was consensual. However, he was arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault in June. He was immediately fired from the […]

Monday the 31st

Louisville nursing home on federal ‘troubled’ list; chronic ills seen at 3 sites in state

Frankfort, KY – A Louisville nursing home is among three Kentucky facilities on a federal list of chronically troubled nursing homes…. The Louisville home, the Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was cited for eight health deficiencies, the Herald-Leader said. They included failure to hire only people with no criminal history of abuse, mistreatment or neglect, […]

Sunday the 30th

Nursing home critics slam governor’s veto

Riverside, CA – Nursing home critics say they are dumbfounded by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s rejection of a bill that would have required state nursing home inspectors to complete complaint investigations quicker and better explain their conclusions. State legislators overwhelmingly supported the bill, which would have required most investigations to be completed in 40 days. But Schwarzenegger […]

Friday the 28th

Audit: NY State DOH Deficient In Nursing Home Investigations

Albany, NY – The State Department of Health (DOH) was late in investigating one out of every five complaints filed against nursing homes, according to an audit treleased by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Under state law, DOH is required to investigate complaints against nursing homes. Complaints are rated on scale of A-D, with A […]

Thursday the 27th

Serious nursing home violations rise

Washington, DC – Serious reprimands for dangerous conditions at U.S. nursing homes increased by 22 percent from 2000 to 2006, a USA Today analysis revealed. “It’s not that the quality of care has gone down but we are being more rigorous in our enforcement,” Jeffrey Hammond of the New York health department told USA Today. […]

Wednesday the 19th

A nursing home death, and a shocking phone call: A woman just coming to terms with bereavement hears that her husband may have been fatally beaten in the facility where he lived

Los Angeles, CA – The day Rita Kittower buried her husband last month, the 83-year-old widow from Tarzana thought she had endured the worst life had to offer…. Then came the anonymous phone call the day after the funeral. A woman claiming to be an employee of the nursing home told Rita that her 80-year-old […]

Wednesday the 19th

Inland nursing home tied to Pomona facility that faces federal funding cutoff

Riverside, CA – A Pomona nursing home identified as one of the state’s poorly performing facilities is set to lose its Medicare and Medicaid funding on Wednesday, which could force some residents to find new homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal agency that regulates nursing homes, notified the 231-bed Ember Health Care […]

Monday the 17th