Tag Archives: elder care

Elder Abuse: NJ Home Health-Care Worker Convicted on Drugging Elderly Woman

The Record reported on February 3, 2012 that a Dumont home health-care worker was convicted of drugging an elderly woman to make her job easier.  The home health-care worker gave the elderly woman over the counter sleeping pills.  The family became suspicious when the elderly woman began napping all day when she previously had been […]

Elder Law Neglect: 1.7 Million Patients A Year Get Infections In Hospitals

An article in The Washingtonian finds that thousands die in hospitals because of simple oversight by the staff.  The article describes an 80 year old grandmother who was hospitalized for two weeks when she began to complain about pain in her legs.  The hospital staff had not followed the physicians’ orders which required removal of […]

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 […]

Elder Abuse: Hospitals Fail to Comply With Medicare Reporting Requirements of Medical Errors and Adverse Events

The New York Times reports on January 6, 2012 that Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services,  conducted a study that found that hospital staffs fail to report medical errors and adverse events in violation of Medicare requirement that hospitals “track medical errors and adverse patient events, analyze their […]

Elder Law Abuse: Family of Holocaust Survivor Accuse Hospital of Malpractice In Use of Restraints

The family of a holocaust survivor has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital for using restraints on an elderly man who was a holocaust survivor.  The man was hospitalized for pneumonia.  The hospital staff bound his hands after he pulled a tube out of his nose.  The family alleges that the hospital should […]

Elder Abuse: Cause of Death Is Often Overlooked

On December 21, 2011, Propublica published “Gone Without a Case:  Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated”.  This article finds that a death of an elderly person in a  nursing home or assisted living facility is presumed to be caused by “old age” when there is no such presumption about other age groups.  This article discusses the […]

Nursing Home Abuse: For Profit Nursing Homes’ Reduction of Staff Results in Poor Care

A recent study finds that poor quality of care in  for profit nursing homes is a result of reduced staffing and particularly RN staffing.   The staffing is reduced so that the for profit nursing homes can lower their costs.  The study found the most serious problems were in the largest for profit chains. To read […]

Elder Abuse: Perpetrators Are Typically Lawyers, Investment Advisors, Accountants or Close Relatives

An interesting article on financial scams of the elderly describes a particular situation of an elderly man in New Jersey who was convinced by a lawyer to protect his money by creating an irrevocable trust naming the lawyer as trustee and giving him total control over the trust assets. The lawyer misappropriated the funds by […]

Elder Abuse: Assisted Living Facilities

The Senate’s Special Committee on Aging had a hearing on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 to address the abuses that occur in assisted living facilities. The Committee heard from the details of an 85 year old woman who had drowned in a shallow drainage pond, of a 71 year old mentally ill man who died from […]

Elder Abuse: New Hotline Numbers For Financial Exploitation

Twenty seven states, including New Jersey, have formed a coalition to prevent elder investment fraud and exploitation. The hotline numbers are: General Finance Questions – 888-227-1776 Medical Questions – 888-303-0430 Financial Abuse Questions – 888-303-3297 To read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/474181 If you are looking for an elder abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service […]