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 »

Hidden Cameras Lead to Arrests for Nursing Home Neglect

This post originally appeared in the Legal Examiner 17 nursing home employees were charged with neglect after hidden cameras recorded a shocking pattern of staff neglecting a 56-year-old Huntington’s disease patient. During one month, eight nurses and nine nursing assistants failed to dispense the bedridden man’s pain medication, failed to provide liquids, failed to handle… Learn More »

Oregon assisted living part of national investigation into corporate nursing care

One small senior care facility in McMinnville, Oregon has been the scene of repeated sexual abuse and assault, theft,  violence among residents, and severe patient neglect – all in the last five years. The Oregon facility, now known as Emeritus Osprey, has had three separate corporate owners in the last three years. It is currently owned… Learn More »

Corporate elder care that won’t let patients out

This blog post was first published on Understaffed, under-regulated assisted living facilities have been caught using dangerous processes to meet residency goals. See more from FRONTLINE. The facility was dangerously understaffed, and went to great lengths to cover up Mrs. Boice’s serious bed sores for months instead of sending her to a hospital. Her… Learn More »

New Option in Nursing Home Care

The New York Times has spotlighted an interesting movement in long-term care: The Green House concept, which aims to reinvent the traditional nursing home care model in a smaller, more personalized, home-like setting.  According to the AARP, in the Green House model each of the 10 to 12 residents has a private bathroom and bedroom… Learn More »

Crises in End of Life Care

Hospice care is intended to be palliative, handling the pain management of a patient’s chronic illnesses and addressing the end-of-life issues that are inherent with incurable conditions and diseases. Bloomberg News has a fascinating and troubling article on hospice facilities that are neglecting elderly patients, illustrated by the story of a 91-year-old California resident who… Learn More »