Maggots Found On Nursing Home Residents

Maggots Found On Nursing Home Residents

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Michigan has cited two nursing homes for violations after a survey found two elderly women in their care had maggots in their throat and pubic areas. Now a watchdog group is investigating. [More]

Cross-Dressing Thieves Disguised As Nurses Strike Denver Nursing Homes

Cross-Dressing Thieves Disguised As Nurses Strike Denver Nursing Homes

A pair of male thieves who dressed as female nurses are accused of robbing residents of Denver-area nursing homes, making off with credit cards they used at big-box retail stores. Authorities say the alleged criminals, who wear nurse scrubs, made their move when victims are dining or participating in other activities. The crimes could be connected to a national ring with similar incidents in Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Kansas and Alabama. [More]

Make Sure The Nursing Home Isn't Dosing Grandma Into Submission

Make Sure The Nursing Home Isn't Dosing Grandma Into Submission

A pill is just so much easier. Drug ‘em up and shut ‘em up. Rather than deal with all the individual needs of elderly persons with dementia in their care, some nursing homes are dosing them with powerful antipsychotics. Not only have the folk not received a diagnosis that the medicine was designed to treat, not only does the drug turn them into zombies their families don’t recognize, but the FDA has warned that using antipsychotics on older patients with dementia nearly doubles their risk of death. [More]

Jury Punches Nursing Home Company With $671 Million Fist

Jury Punches Nursing Home Company With $671 Million Fist

A jury in California has slapped Skilled Healthcare Inc. with $671 million in damages for a four-year-old lawsuit that alleged that company did not provide the required 3.2 nursing hours per day, per patient. [More]

Court Strikes Arbitration Clause In Case Against Nursing Home That Let Resident Freeze To Death

Court Strikes Arbitration Clause In Case Against Nursing Home That Let Resident Freeze To Death

A Michigan court has struck an arbitration clause in a wrongful death case against a nursing home that allegedly allowed one of its senile residents to wander outside and freeze to death.

Nearly 25% Of Nursing Homes 'Much Below Average'

Nearly 25% Of Nursing Homes 'Much Below Average'

Of all the unusual gifts you can give Mom or Dad this holiday season, none would be more surprising than a simple card saying, “We’re putting you in a home.” Just make sure you don’t pick a bad one, because nearly a quarter of nursing homes were rated “much below average” in a new monthly federal evaluation.

America's 52 Worst Nursing Homes

America's 52 Worst Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the first-ever official list of America’s Worst Nursing Homes— a move that leads us to suspect that the Department of Health & Human Services must be getting pretty fed up if they are resorting to public shaming. The list includes the 52 most egregious health and safety violators of the 128 SFF, or “Specialty Focus Facilities,” in the U.S.

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“Stories of elder abuse in long-term care facilities usually involve rogue staff. So you may be surprised to learn that the vast majority of violent assaults in nursing homes involve one resident attacking another.” [CBC Marketplace]

Investment Firms Make Retirement Homes Profitable By Making Them Hell Holes

Investment Firms Make Retirement Homes Profitable By Making Them Hell Holes

If you wanna make an omelet, you gotta break a few eggs—even if those eggs are old people who die from bedsores that have become infected. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say that on average, patients at nursing homes that are bought by private investment firms do worse than those at other nursing homes, with higher rates of depression, increased loss of mobility, and less ability to dress and bathe themselves. The New York Times has a horror story on 48 Florida nursing homes where staff was reduced to levels below mandatory requirements and didn’t repair equipment or keep facilities sanitary. Even senior activities were reduced. And there are thousands of (now profitable) nursing homes across the country that are owned by private investment companies.