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Nursing Home Abuse

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]

Virginia elder abuse attorneys

The baby boomers are learning the hard way, what happens when a loved one is neglected by a Virginia nursing home, home health agency or long term care facility.  They are realizing how hard it is to advocate for quality care when they have jobs to maintain, families to care for, and homes to run. ...[Read More]

Virginia nursing home wound care negligence

  I was meeting with a family this week and they mentioned home health had been giving their loved one care for months when he developed two heel ulcers. They went on to explain that home health never mentioned the ulcers, told the doctors about the ulcers, or explained what had happened to the patient. ...[Read More]

A conversation about end of life

A few years ago I sent my father an email asking him to think about what he wanted my brother and I to do for him, with him, on his behalf before and after he died. It wasn’t as harsh as it sounds – we had been having the conversation in small chunks after he...[Read More]

Our Seniors being over-medicated?

Ask anyone who handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases on behalf of families whether elderly patients are over-medicated, and the answer will be a resounding YES. Ask a nurse at a long term care facility whether patients are over-medicated and the answer will be NO – they need the medications to keep patients in...[Read More]

“Granny Cams” in Virginia Nursing Homes

We are often asked by families whether it is legal for them to place a hidden camera in their loved one’s nursing home room. These cameras have long been called “granny cams.” In this day in age, with today’s technology, you can sit at work and watch a baby sleep soundly over a video monitor...[Read More]

Nursing Homes: Many Provide Unacceptable Care

The nursing homes in Virginia are the same as in any other state.  Some are good…some are average…and some are just plain bad. Don’t believe me?  A report released in 2014 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found that 22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing...[Read More]