Tag Archives: nursing home abuse

NJ Elder Abuse – Nursing Homes Evicting Tough Cases

An article published in The Record on May 9, 2016 highlights that nursing homes don’t want to handle complex and difficult cases and try to evict the residents.  Families are at loss as to what to do.  Many times, these discharges can be challenged.  New Jersey law has specific requirements that must be met before […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Homes Try To Avoid Litigation Through Arbitration Clauses

The New York Times in an article on February 21, 2016 highlighted the ever increasing problem with nursing home agreements burying arbitration clauses in residency agreements to bar cases from being litigated in the courts.  The article features a Massachusetts case wherein a 100 year old resident was found dead in a nursing home strangled […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Maggots Found In Feeding Tube Site

A nursing home resident in a Pennsylvania nursing home was found to have maggots crawling around and inside the insertion site of the feeding tube.  The hospital staff indicated that there was severe neglect of wound care and proper cleaning. To read more: http://www.mcknights.com/news/report-maggots-found-in-nursing-home-residents-feeding-tube-site/article/473898/?DCMP=EMC-MCK_Daily&spMailingID=13728404&spUserID=NDg4NjkzNzMyMTIS1&spJobID=720909845&spReportId=NzIwOTA5ODQ1S0 If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo […]

NJ Nursing Homes: New Law Monitoring Alzheimer’s Group Homes

Last week, Governor Christie signed a new law establishing more stringent oversight of alzheimer’s group homes.  Prior to this law, group homes were regulated by the Department of Affairs and there was very little oversight.  With this new law, group homes are now regulated by the Department of Health which regulates and oversees nursing homes […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Failure to Monitor Coumadin

The Washington Post published an article on July 12, 2015 addressing the dangers of the failure to monitor coumadin given to residents of nursing homes.  The Washington Post reports that at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died after errors involving coumadin and studies suggest that there are thousands more injuries every year […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Complaints

A chain of nursing homes in Massachusetts was recently purchased by a new corporation, Synergy.  The complaints are continuing:  flimsy adult diapers, lax infection control, pressure sores, dirty dishes,  and not enough nurses. The article states that federal scrutiny of nursing homes is light and cites to Charlene Harrington, a professor emeritus of sociology and […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Choking

A Connecticut nursing home was fined after a resident, who was supposed to receive a pureed diet, was given a tray of chopped and not pureed food.  The nurse’s aide had mistakenly given the wrong tray to the resident.  The resident choked on a carrot and died. To read more:  http://touch.ctnow.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83286774/ If you are looking […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Bill Introduced To Permit Video Recording In Rooms

NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has introduced a bill (A-3883) on November 13, 2014 to permit video cameras and audio recorders in residents’ rooms to help prevent abuse and neglect by nursing home staff members.  The bill provides for visible or hidden devices.  The bill has a lot of requirements as to notification to the […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing of Nurses

There is a discrepancy as to the nursing staffing levels  between the data collected by Medicare and the self reporting by nursing homes on the government’s public website, Nursing Home Compare.   A new law was enacted that was supposed to base staffing on an accurate payroll method by March, 2012.  The implementation of this law […]

Nursing Home Abuse: The New York Times Reports Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes To Game The System

On August 25, 2014, The New York Times published an extensive article on the issue that nursing homes are using Medicare five star ratings as a seal of approval when in reality , the nursing homes are providing Medicare with incomplete information that can seriously mislead consumers about the facility.  The article has examples  of […]