Tag Archives: elder abuse

N.J. Elder Abuse Law: Homes for Seniors

The Record published a comprehensive article on December 23, 2012, “At homes for seniors a grim record of lapses”.  This article focuses on “Alzheimers Homes” which are not governed by the Department of Health.  Rather, these homes are governed by the Department of Community Affairs under the Boarding Home regulations which are less stringent than […]

Elder Abuse: New Phone Fraud

On November11, 2012, The Record reported that the elderly are being targeted in a new telephone scam.  The caller identifies herself/himself as a grandchild who claims to be in jail accused of  drunk driving or having been in a car accident and is in need of money to be wired or transferred so bail can […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Senate Bill Requiring Informed Consent For Antipsychotics

On September 20, 2012, Senators Kohl (D-WI), Grassley (R-IA) and Blumental (D-CT) introduced Senate Bill 3604, the Improving Dementia Care Treatment for Older Adults Act, which would require nursing homes, accepting Medicare and Medicaid, to obtain informed consent before antipsychotic medication is prescribed for a resident with dementia.  The bill requires a process to be […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Sunrise Senior Living, Edgewater, NJ

The Record reports today that a lawsuit has been filed against Sunrise Senior Living in Edgewater, NJ alleging that an assisted living resident with dementia had suffered extensive bruises on her face and head as well as having her belongings stolen. To read more:  http://www.law.com/jsp/nj/PubArticleNJ.jsp?id=1202568342152&slreturn=20120722110959 If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, […]

Elder Abuse: Pressure Ulcers Also Known As Bedsores

On August 15, 2012, the New York Times, in an article about a giant hospital chain, reported that “Bedsores are ugly, painful wounds that can easily become infected and lead to dangerous complications for patients in hospitals.  Bedsores are also fairly easy to prevent.  If nurses check patients regularly and turn them or, in certain […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Home Employee Befriends And Steals From Resident

On June 23, 2012, The Record reports that an employee of Maple Glen Nursing Home was arrested for stealing from a resident.  The employee befriended the resident, an 82 year old man, and became his power of attorney and misused his funds.  She stole a total of $70,000 which was discovered by a family friend, […]

Elder Abuse: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15, 2012

President Obama has issued a Proclamation recognizing world elder abuse awareness day on June 15.  This proclamation states: “Every American deserves the chance to live out the full measure of their days in health and security.  Yet, every year, millions of older Americans are denied that most basic opportunity due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  […]

Elder Abuse: Two Residents Sue Assisted Living Facility for Staff Assault

On June 13, 2012, the Star-Ledger reported that two Alzheimer’s residents  at  Sunrise Assisted Living of Morris Plains, NJ filed suit alleging that they were repeatedly physically assaulted by the facility’s staff.  The complaint alleges that the men were beaten on their chests, stomachs, right and left flanks, backs, shoulders and upper arms. To read […]

Elder Law Abuse: New Jersey Legislature Advances Act To Protect Elder Abuse Known As “Granny Snatching”

The New Jersey legislature is advancing a bill, the New jersey Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, which would allow New Jersey to join the national guardianship reciprocity network followed by 30 states. The issue involves conflicts in guardianship situations, often resulting in family feuds, such as when a guardianship for an incapacitated elderly […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Use of Antipsychotic Drugs Is A Hidden Peril to Residents

On April 29, 2012, the Boston Globe published an extensive article on the hidden peril of antipsychotic drugs being used by nursing homes to control behavior of residents.  The article reports that federal data show that 185,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs contrary to federal nursing home regulators’ recommendations.  The article reports […]