Archive for January, 2008

Nursing home abuse headlines from January, 2008.

January 2008

Reforms In Care Sought

Hartford, CT – The state’s long-term care ombudsman is proposing reforms in nursing-home oversight that would shield residents who complain about poor care from retaliation and encourage state agencies to monitor and evaluate the performance of chains, rather than just individual homes. In a report distributed to lawmakers, the ombudsman’s program outlined a dozen reforms, […]

Saturday the 19th

How to Make a Buck Off of Old Folks

Philadelphia, PA – Just prior to Christmas, it was revealed that serious reprimands for dangerous conditions at nursing homes had increased 22 per cent over a six-year period ending in 2006. These citations can run the gamut from not providing patients their necessary meds, to cases of physical and sexual abuse of residents. Still there […]

Friday the 18th

Local Facilities Face Elder Abuse Lawsuit

Santa Barbara, CA – A lawsuit filed this week accuses a local nursing home and an assisted living center of elder abuse. The attorney representing three families says this case is about fraud, elder abuse and two cases of wrongful death at Mission Terrace and Cliff View Terrace.

Friday the 18th

Nursing homes: Elderly protection still needed

Jackson, MS – While it’s good news that increased inspections by the state Department of Health has led to a Jackson nursing home passing inspections, it underscores the need for greater public scrutiny of elderly care. The Hinds County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received poor marks in March when inspectors found nonflushing toilets, feces smeared […]

Friday the 18th

State denies license for vets nursing home

Clarksburg, WV – State regulators have refused to issue a license for the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home because of a host of problems, including failure to meet requirements for accident prevention and infection control. In one incident, a sling on a mechanical lift was not correctly applied and the brakes on the patient’s wheelchair […]

Friday the 18th

Judge orders testing for Robinson home administrator

Pittsburgh, PA – An Allegheny County judge ordered a former Robinson nursing home administrator to Mayview State Hospital on Tuesday to determine if she is competent to stand trial. The trial of Martha Bell, 61, of West Mifflin was scheduled to begin yesterday. She is charged with stealing $51,000 of payroll funds from the now-closed […]

Wednesday the 16th

Sex offender charged with molestation at nursing home

Dothan, AL – Dothan police have arrested a 68-year-old man and charged him with molesting a woman at the nursing home where he lived last month. Aaron Howell, a convicted sex offender, was also charged with moving too close to the grounds of a school, and moving without proper approval by the Dothan Police Department […]

Saturday the 12th

Michigan Nursing Home Inspections

Lansing, MI – At least once every year nursing homes are inspected, unannounced, by the Bureau of Health Systems. Last year out of the 409 nursing homes, in our state, 394 required return visits. "That’s a very small number, 15 out of 409, that actually met the requirements on the first visit." However, numbers did […]

Friday the 11th