Archive for June, 2008

Nursing home abuse headlines from June, 2008.

June 2008

Three arrested for alleged abuse at SLC nursing home

Watertown, NY – State police have arrested three St. Lawrence County residents for alleged abuses at United Helpers Intermediate Care Facility in Heuvelton. The incidents, which occurred from the summer of 2006 through March 2008, stem from complaints made by staff members at the facility alleging abuse of residents by other staff members.

Monday the 30th

Wisconsin monitors Superior nursing home

Superior, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services is monitoring care delivered at St. Francis in the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center. “Due to ongoing quality concerns identified during a recent on-site review at the nursing home, the Division of Quality Assurance has placed monitors on-site at the nursing home until our […]

Thursday the 26th

Man charged with sexually abusing elderly female nursing home patients

Dothan, AL – Ozark Police have a arrested a 65-year-old man and charged him with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse after a nursing home employee saw him fondling two elderly residents. Michael Patrick Magrath, 65, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and placed in the Dale County Jail under a $30,000 bond, according to a written […]

Thursday the 26th

Marin forum on preventing elder abuse

San Rafael, CA – Determining whether a parent, a patient or an elderly acquaintance is capable of making informed financial, medical or societal decisions can be difficult, but a San Rafael neuropsychologist said it is becoming increasingly important to be able to assess seniors. A. Michael Wolfe spoke Wednesday at a training session for elder […]

Wednesday the 25th

Caregiver accused of nursing home rape

Seattle, WA – King County prosecutors say they may seek an exceptional sentence against a caregiver accused of raping a disabled woman at a Kent nursing home. "It makes you angry," says Kent Police Chief Steve Strachan. The 31-year-old Kent man, Joseph Thurura, was arrested Wednesday and charged Tuesday with second-degree rape.

Tuesday the 24th

New York Times Examines Overuse of Antipsychotics Among Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

Washington, DC – The Times reports that because many nursing homes are short-staffed and insurers do not generally pay for the “attentive medical care and hands-on psychosocial therapy that advocates recommend,” it is “much easier” to use sedatives and antipsychotics on patients with dementia. According to the Times, many physicians say misuse of antipsychotics is […]

Tuesday the 24th

Doctors Say Medication Is Overused in Dementia

New York, NY – Ramona Lamascola thought she was losing her 88-year-old mother to dementia. Instead, she was losing her to overmedication. The use of antipsychotic drugs to tamp down the agitation, combative behavior and outbursts of dementia patients has soared, especially in the elderly. Sales of newer antipsychotics like Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa levitra […]

Tuesday the 24th