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Nursing Home Abuse

Virginia Nursing Homes and “the Chandelier Effect”

The title of today’s posts may be a little confusing. What is “the Chandelier effect” and what does it have to do with nursing homes.  The Chandelier Effect is a fancy phrase for what nursing homes do to get you or your loved one into their facility.  It means they spend their money on outdoor...[Read More]

Over-Medication in nursing homes

For years our industry has been aware of a terrible and heart breaking issue related to over-medication of elderly patients in long term care facilities. Let’s face it – a CNA cannot properly care for 30 residents that are mobile, walking, fall risks, who need help getting to the bathroom, dining room, getting dressed etc....[Read More]

Cameras in Nursing Homes: A Good Idea

I have blogged on this topic before.  The use of hidden cameras in nursing homes to “catch” bad guys neglecting or abusing the elderly is a damn good use of technology.  My home state of Virginia has guidelines for the use of hidden cameras which protect patient privacy yet expose staff (and sometimes other residents)...[Read More]

Virginia adopts long-term care rules

I read in today’s Roanoke Times an article reporting action taken by the State Corporation Commission to reduce the burden of ever increasing premiums on long-term care insurance policies.  This is a great idea.  A study conducted by Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance revealed state regulators approved 82 long-term rate increases sought by 33 insurance companies...[Read More]

How to file a complaint about a nursing home

I am grateful we live in a country where consumers have a choice of the products and services they buy. Occasionally, you may live in a rural or remote part of the country where you only have a few choices – one car dealer, one dentist, one grocery store, one nursing home. So what do...[Read More]

Talking about your loss, again and again.

In wrongful death cases that involve medical malpractice or negligence by nursing homes, there is one thing that stands out as the most difficult for family members – having to relive their loss over and over during the case.  Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable.  But it’s also manageable, and here are some ideas to make it more...[Read More]

How to plan so Medicaid can pay for your loved one’s nursing home.

The title of this blog is almost ironic. Medicaid, under Virginia law, will pay for the long term care of certain elderly patients who do not have the financial resources to pay for the needed care themselves. Amazingly, families with resources (homes, stocks, cars, and retirement plans) often assume that if they just re-title assets in...[Read More]

Is an assisted living facility a health care provider?

I live in an area where retirees and healthcare are big business. Some of the largest and most profitable employers in the area are our hospitals, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities. Billboards interrupt our pastoral landscape with images of happy seniors, smiling and laughing over a glass of wine, or relaxing in a...[Read More]

Fewer Transfers = More Profit ?

I recently wrote in our medical malpractice blog about how the focus on profitability in long-term acute care hospitals may affect discharge dates for patients.  Long-term acute care hospitals may be the step just before long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, so I have included that content below: Most of us take for granted that...[Read More]