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Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which ten Florida nursing home residents died when the nursing home lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning. In response to the deaths, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a new emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable...

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Fighting Nursing Home Discrimination Against Medicaid Recipients

While it is illegal for a nursing home to discriminate against a Medicaid recipient, it still happens. To prevent such discrimination, nursing home residents and their families need to know their rights. The potential for discrimination arises because Medicaid pays nursing homes less than the facilities receive from residents who pay privately with their own funds and less than Medicare pays....

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Big Win!!! Fischer v. Colorow Health Care: Terrific Colorado appellate opinion striking down an arbitration clause—Bold means Bold.

Mike Laszlo and I won a terrific Colorado Court of Appeals case for our client and for nursing home patient rights in general [2015CA1252]. When you go into a nursing home you are given a packet of documents to sign which invariable includes an arbitration agreement—and agreement that if a dispute arises you give up your rights to go before a jury and plead your case. Arbitration is sold as a...

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Ghosts Blamed for Elder Abuse at Facility—Pueblo, CO

According to a story originally published by CBS4, at least eight people have been fired due to alleged abuse at a center for the disabled in Pueblo where staff told investigators that “paranormal activity” was to blame. Several residents had words like “die” and “kill” scratched into their skin. Staffers claim the words appeared by “paranormal activity.” (credit:...

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Bedsores and Pressure Sores

  Bedsores can develop rapidly and be deadly. They are many times difficult to detect. In some cases, a caregiver may let an elderly person under his or her care lie in bed all of the time, not changing the sheets, or the person’s clothes often enough.  Combined with neglect of the elder’s personal hygiene, this is likely to cause bedsores.  Bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure on...

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New Booklet on Protecting Residents from Financial Exploitation –A Manual for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities

The Consumer Protection Financial Protection Bureau has put out a new manual for protecting residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilitates. The booklet contains lots of good information on  preventing, reporting, and responding to elder financial exploitation.  Here it...

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