One of the most excruciating decisions a family may be faced to consider is the need to put an elderly loved one in a nursing home. Not only is there the potential for feeling guilty because you can no longer care for the person who raised you, but you also have concerns or fears to entrust the health and well being of a frail, elderly person to the hands of strangers. So imagine the horror you would feel if you suspect a parent or grandparent is suffering abuse or neglect. If you suspect a loved one is … Read the rest
According to a 1991 report given by the National Advisory Council on Aging, the number of injuries and deaths clearly indicates that abuse of nursing home residents is an alarmingly growing problem.
Elderly people in these institutions are handled in a rough manner. They are grossly vulnerable to sexual assault. Sometimes they are swindled out of their life-savings. Often, they suffer rampant negligence on the part of the staff.
An astonishing number of elderly residents are not even provided with enough food. This is quite a worrisome trend, considering the fact that seniors in … Read the rest
All residents in nursing homes are entitled to receive quality care and live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of their physical and mental health. This entitlement includes freedom from neglect and abuse.
WHAT CONSTITUTES NEGLECT AND ABUSE?
Neglect: Neglect is the failure to care for a person in a manner, which would avoid harm and pain, or the failure to react to a situation which may be harmful. Neglect may or may not be intentional. For example, a caring aide who is poorly trained may not know how to provide proper care. Examples … Read the rest
Authorities step up efforts to end nursing home abuse in Ohio
July 20, 2013
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Earlier this summer, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has seen a significant increase this year in the number of nursing home abuse complaints across the state.
Through the first half of this year, the Attorney General’s Office has begun a total of 131 nursing home abuse and neglect cases. During the same period in 2012, the office had only opened a total of 74 cases. The majority of the … Read the rest
NEW YORK, NY, March 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — Not all nursing homes are the same. As with any type of institution, some are good and others are not so good. Some provide marginal care while others regularly overbill the government for services provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients. It turns out that some types of facilities are more likely to overbill and provide sub-standard care than others.
In particular, for-profit nursing homes submit more invalid claims to the federal government. Bloomberg News requested data on nursing homes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It found that 30 … Read the rest
Golden Living Nursing Homes Settle Allegations of Substandard Wound Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2013
Golden Living Failed to Provide Adequate Wound Care to Its Nursing Home Residents
ATLANTA – The United States Attorney’s Office today announced that the United States and the State of Georgia have reached a settlement with GGNSC Holdings, LLC, of Plano, Texas, the operator of skilled nursing facilities located in Atlanta, Georgia, to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act and the Georgia State False Medicaid Claims Act, that GGNSC provided inadequate and worthless wound care services to residents at two of its Atlanta … Read the rest