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
Nursing Home Abuse
Is a pressure ulcer (bed sore) the result of neglect or negligent care? Sometimes. Is a fall the result of neglect or negligent care? Sometimes. Is a stroke the result of negligent care? Occasionally. Is malnutrition or dehydration the result of neglect or negligent care? Often times. We have folks call our office, upset, angry,
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
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
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
That’s right. You heard it here first! Breaking news! I recently ran across an article which reported on a researcher’s effort to determine the causes elder abuse in nursing homes. The researcher, Carolyn Pickering, spoke with the first line care givers at nursing homes, the nursing aids, and she learned that understaffing (too many residents for too few
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.
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.
Do I have complaint against a Virginia nursing home? Or is it a lawsuit? How can I tell? I explain the difference between a complaint and actual claim in this short video.
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