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Nursing Home Abuse

Retirement Planning and Continuing Care Communities: Myth v. Reality

Our local business magazine just ran a thorough and thoughtful article on retirement planning. It shows pictures of youthful seniors doing water aerobics, swinging on a lake-side hammock and more. The article highlights idyllic retirement where assets cover comfortable living and seniors have choices.  Yes, some people (those blessed with good health and good jobs...[Read More]

Why nursing home policies and procedures are so important

Have you every heard the phrase – honesty is the best policy? It is an ironic truism. True, because honesty is always preferable to the opposite, dishonesty, and yet ironic because why do we as humans need a policy (a written rule) encouraging honesty? Shouldn’t honesty be innate? Shouldn’t we know to tell the truth, without...[Read More]

Use of Haldol for dementia / Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes

So the FDA says the following about using Haldol for a dementia / Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. Read it carefully, the language is not soft but very clear:  WARNING Increased Mortality in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death....[Read More]

Can a patient’s family call 911 in a nursing home?

We get questions like the following, all the time: “I am worried about my loved one in the nursing home. I asked the nurse to call the rescue squad and she said she couldn’t – waiting for a doctor’s order. What can I do?” or “I told the nurse I was so worried about my Mom...[Read More]

Can they do that?

Families call our office all the time with the question, “Can they do that?” Meaning, can the nursing home: Change Mom’s Oxygen from 3L to 2L? Change Dad’s medications without notifying families? Discharge Grandmom on day 99 when her Medicare ends on day 100? Refuse to apply for Medicaid benefits but rather bill the family...[Read More]

Ask. Ask again. Be clear. Ask until you get the answer you want.

Busy morning. I have received three calls already from three separate solicitors asking me to advertise my law firm in their book / website / online catalog etc.  I kindly told all three we had spoken a few weeks back, and I didn’t have it in my advertising budget to advertise with them and I would...[Read More]

Tis the Season for Nursing Home Neglect

When I think of this special Holiday Season I think of baking, cider, carols, warm fires and events with friends.  But imagine if you will, a for profit nursing home where seasoned nurses understandably request the Holidays off to spend time with family, and so new, perhaps under-trained, perhaps over-worked nurses are provided by outside...[Read More]

Doctor’s role in Virginia Nursing Homes

In most Virginia nursing homes, there is no doctor on staff. Rather, the facility will subcontract with a doctor to serve as the medical director,  who then only enters the facility to see patients when they are sick and a change of condition has occurred, or Medicare paperwork is to be signed and submitted.  Loved...[Read More]