Tag Archives: dementia

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack Of Informed Consent

A National Study has concluded that many nursing homes fail to obtain  informed consent prior to the implementation of medical treatments.  Informed consent is obtained only when the proposed medical treatment is explained to the resident and the resident gives permission to the nursing home to administer the treatment.  LTCCC states:   “People do not forfeit […]

Elder Abuse: Elderly Dementia Patient Left At Wrong Location

A lawsuit has been filed in San Francisco on behalf of an elderly dementia patient against a transport company that left him at a wrong location.  The man was missing for ten days and found dead. There was a three hour delay in notifying the family.  By the time the family was notified, it was […]

Elder Law Abuse: Special Needs of Dementia Patients Should Be Incorporated In Outpatient Settings

On January 11, 2012, Medscape reports on a JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) study that finds that people with dementia have a significantly higher rate of hospitalizations than those without dementia.  Hospitalizations have adverse consequences to dementia patients such as worsening of cognition, delirium and functional declines.  The article suggests that a model […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Atypical Antipsychotics May Hasten Alzheimer’s Decline

The Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness–Alzheimer’s Disease (CATIE-AD) study found that use of atypical antipsychotics to treat agitation or psychosis in Alzheimer’s patients may cause severe cognitive decline. To read more: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/748236?src=nl_topic If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack–directly across […]

Nursing Homes: Assaults

A physical assault between two dementia patients, where one patient died from the injuries, is being investigated by the Hudson County Prosecutor. The nursing home involved is Newport Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Jersey City. To read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/28/1021065/nj-nursing-home-row-with-72-year.html#

Nursing Homes: The “Zombie” Fear

“‘What’s people’s biggest fear?  Being a ‘zombie’ in a nursing home,” said Laurel Baxter, the Awakenings project manager.”  Awakenings is a program in place in 16 non profit nursing homes in Minnesota.  The goal of this program is wean nursing home patients off  antipsychiotic medications and  to concentrate on behavioral approaches.  A resident, who was […]

Nursing Homes: Antipsychiotics is not the Answer

     In 2005, the FDA issued a black box warning on the use of antipsychiotics to treat elderly patients.  This warning is the strongest warning before pulling the drug off the market.  Although not specifically approved for controlling difficult behavior in dementia patients, studies showed that the drugs were being used to control agitation, aggression […]

Nursing Home: Comfort Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

The New York Times has published an excellent article on the care provided by an Arizona nursing home to its Alzheimer’s patients.  This home is bending the “rules” so as to allow patients  “practically anything that brings comfort…” such as chocolate, an alcoholic nip at night, comfort food, encouraging hobbies, finding favorite things etc..  “Research […]

Hand Feeding Dementia Patients Can Be An Alternative to a Feeding Tube

People with dementia often lose the ability to eat and refuse food….