CMS Dismantles Binding Arbitration in Nursing Homes

Choosing to put a loved one into a care facility, whether that be an around-the-clock nursing home or a semi-independent assisted living facility, is a difficult and emotional process. For some it may be a relief that an aging loved one will receive the care that they need. Leaving them in the care of strangers at… Learn More »

Almost 90% of Elder Abuse Cases Have this in Common

Elder abuse: intentional mistreatment that causes harm, or creates a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable elder. Experts agree that elderly women are abused at a higher rate than men. And the older the person is, the more likely she is to be abused. Dementia also increases the risk of elder abuse. Nearly half… Learn More »

Important Facts about Strokes and Increased Danger for Women

Most of us know how dangerous strokes are. While strokes can and often are lethal, they also can cause varying degrees of brain damage, paralysis, and severe cognitive deficits. Often the amount of time that elapses between the stroke and treatment determines the patient’s recovery or permanent damage. Stroke is currently the fourth leading cause… Learn More »

Oregon elder abuse claims growing

Financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of elder abuse in Oregon. A comprehensive study just released by the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation found that most financial exploitation cases involved a family member, or a caregiver. Many of the victims were elderly persons living alone. “Not only is this type of abuse… Learn More »

Oregon to provide data on norovirus in nursing homes

The Oregon Health Authority is releasing records on outbreaks of norovirus at hundreds of nursing homes and care facilities. While it’s not unusual for norovirus to strike elderly or vulnerable populations in assisted living facilities, Oregon reports have never named the affected facilities. Willamette Week reports that OHA is scheduled to produce a full report… Learn More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15

Millions of elderly people are patients in nursing homes and long-term care facilities – and they deserve to be safe. What is elder abuse? Elder abuse refers to any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Laws vary… Learn More »

Older drivers at risk on the roads

A recent car accident involving a very elderly man backing his car into a crowd of people, seriously injuring 4 children, has put a national spotlight on the issue of elderly drivers. By 2030, nearly 20% of the drivers on the road will be over the age of 65. Driver’s problems begin when cognitive or physical abilities… Learn More »

Why nursing home residents can’t get a fair trial

The rights of nursing home residents are infringed by binding arbitration clauses.

Sapovirus discovered in nursing homes

Norovirus infections have hit hard in nursing homes recently, but new research suggests a related virus is also causing big problems. Sapovirus has been identified by health researchers in Oregon: it may be more common than previously thought and it’s on the rise in nursing homes and long-term care centers. A new study shows 66… Learn More »

Norovirus hits Oregon nursing homes

An Ashland, Oregon nursing home has reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus among staff and residents. Linda Vista in Jackson County has notified the Oregon Department of Health, but is downplaying the incident, according to Ashland Daily Tidings. Clatsop County’s Public Health Department is also investigating claims of norovirus in local elder care facilities. Norovirus… Learn More »