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Aging is a natural transition in life. It is a process that does not happen overnight, yet many of us find ourselves in a crunch when it comes time to get help for an aged loved one. As one who is caring for a senior parent, it seems that much of the hesitation to begin the elder care conver­sation is […]

According to a Washington Post story, the federal government is now making it tougher for nursing homes to score top ratings on a public report card.  That’s because it’s raising the standards on a variety of quality measures it evaluates including increasing the scrutiny of nursing homes’ use of antipsy­chotic drugs to control behav­ioral problems. […]

The use of antipsy­chotic drugs in nursing homes is widespread. In 2010, CMS estimated that 39% of nursing home residents who had cognitive impair­ments and behav­ioral problems but no diagnosis of psychosis or related condi­tions received antipsy­chotic drugs. A smaller but signif­icant percentage, approx­i­mately 15% of residents without cognitive impair­ments or behavior problems still received […]

By Albert Lechner and Wayne Hogan Today, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 750,000 people reside in more than 31,000 assisted living facil­ities across the country. Assisted living facil­ities provide housing, meals and one or more personal services to residents. Like nursing homes, assisted living facil­ities are licensed by […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Sometimes abuse or neglect occurs in even the best facil­ities. Signs of abuse or neglect can be obvious – bedsores, open wounds, bruises, burns, fractures – but sometimes signs can be more subtle – withdrawal, depression or anxiety, dehydration or malnu­trition, torn, stained or dirty clothing or bed linens. […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner When your loved one has decided on a nursing home, please beware of something you will surely encounter during the admis­sions process: a mandatory arbitration clause in the paperwork that strips away your loved one’s rights to a jury trial if he or she becomes injured and wants to pursue justice. This […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Having to select a nursing home for a loved is one must be one of the most challenging and difficult decisions we can face. This article offers some consid­er­a­tions and resources to help you inves­tigate and choose a nursing home that’s right for your loved one. Getting Started: Unannounced Visit Compare the […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Bedsores Pressure ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, most often happen to nursing home residents and even patients in a hospital setting. Bedsores are injuries to the skin and under­lying tissues that result from prolonged pressure on the skin. With very rare excep­tions, they are completely avoidable and unfor­tu­nately happen to our […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner Falls in Nursing Homes Each year, an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls.1 About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries. Those who experience non-fatal falls can suffer injuries, have diffi­culty getting around and have a reduced quality of life.2 How […]

By Wayne Hogan and Albert Lechner A nursing home injury is any form of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, or financial harm that a nursing home resident suffers. In many cases a nursing home injury is preventable and is, in whole or part, the result of nursing home malpractice. A nursing home injury which is caused by nursing home malpractice […]