Archive for December, 2007

Nursing home abuse headlines from December, 2007.

December 2007

Something wrong in state veterans homes

Mobile, AL – Recent serious incidents at the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette have led to changes in its operation, but state officials need to review the nursing home’s entire history of problems. Alabama Department of Public Health inspectors have noted that two residents died this year after falls, and that nursing […]

Sunday the 16th

Senators Obama, Harkin, Kennedy, Durbin Call on HHS Secretary to Protect America’s Seniors: Identify Failing Nursing Homes; 128 Nursing Homes are Currently Under Review for Poor Performance

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent the following letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, calling on him to immediately release a list of 128 nursing homes that are being scrutinized for providing poor care. According to press […]

Thursday the 13th

Health-care temps should be screened

Lafayette, LA – Many in the health-care industry say more oversight is needed of the agencies that provide temporary nurses to medical facilities. While most such agencies are conscientious about checking on the nurses they provide, some do not conduct criminal background checks and drug screening. They are able to ignore such responsibility because the […]

Wednesday the 12th

Local nursing home sued for wrongful death

Napa, CA – The family of an elderly woman who died in hospice care is suing a local nursing home, charging that the staff’s failure to follow a care plan resulted in acute dehydration that crippled the woman. According to court papers in the wrongful death suit, Eulalia Grimoldi’s final days came quickly. She was […]

Wednesday the 12th

Nursing Home Abuse

Panama City, FL – A Florida Senate committee heard horror stories Wednesday about understaffed nursing homes at the Capitol. Maria Sanchez testified before the Health Regulation Committee. She put 87-year-old mother in a nursing home last year. Her mother fell down and broke her hip. When Sanchez demanded answers, she couldn’t find out any information […]

Wednesday the 12th

United States: Hidden Cameras Uncover Quality Problems In Nursing Homes

Criminal prosecutors have recently stepped up measures to enforce quality of care at nursing facilities by using surreptitious videotaping, as described by attorneys from the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.1 Accomplished legally and without the facilities’ knowledge, this new tactic necessitates a concomitant increase in prophylactic quality control […]

Wednesday the 12th

Barack Obama Calls on HHS to Provide List of Failing Nursing Homes: Obama will pursue legislative action, restrict HHS funding if list not provided within one week

Washington, DC – Barack Obama (D-IL) today called on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt to release the list of the 128 “special focus facilities,” the list of worst performing nursing homes in the country. Recent press accounts have reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services refuses to make […]

Tuesday the 11th