Federal officials are getting ready to crack down on nursing home abuse of residents that seems to be happening on social media. According to a KGTV news report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees nursing homes, has sent a memo out to state health departments across the country outlining plans for how to deal with the abuse of patients on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
It also talks at length about the responsibilities of the facilities and states when it comes to protecting nursing home residents. The agency has said all nursing homes should begin checking to make sure that they have policies in place that ban staff members from taking humiliating photos of residents and posting them online. …Read the rest »
A Canoga Park-based nursing home is facing a $75,000 fine after staff at the facility failed to monitor a resident who kept removing his own breathing tube, which ultimately led to his death. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Topanga Terrace was fined because a patient who relied on his breathing tube died in 2013 after removing the apparatus. Investigators with the California Department of Public Health also found that the patient who died suffered from several illnesses including dementia, chronic respiratory failure and tuberculosis. …Read the rest »
Placing a loved one in a nursing home might be among the most difficult decisions any of us might ever have to make. Unfortunately, residents of nursing homes suffer injuries, abuse or even neglect at these facilities due to a wide range of issues from negligent hiring to understaffing. When these incidents of nursing home abuse or neglect do occur, victims or their families may find that their ability to hold a nursing home accountable could be severely restricted by a document they have signed: an arbitration agreement. …Read the rest »
A wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Fresno County nursing home alleges that an elderly woman who was denied assistance in using the restroom by employees suffered injuries that eventually proved fatal. According to a news report in the Fresno Bee, the incident occurred in February when 74-year-old Rosario Navarro was taken to the bathroom, placed on the toilet and left unattended by staff at Manning Gardens Care Center in Easton. After using the restroom and waiting for “an unreasonably long period of time,” Navarro tried to use her call device to get staff to help her.
When no one showed up, she got up on her own, the lawsuit states. She then fell forward, hit her head and fell on the floor. Since she used her hands to break her fall, she fractured both of her wrists. Lawyers for Navarro’s family said a nursing home employee scolded Navarro for getting up on her own and then struck her in the head with a showerhead for crying. The nursing home didn’t inform Navarro’s relatives about her injury. Instead, they put her to bed. When Navarro’s condition worsened she was taken to a local hospital for an x-ray. She had suffered a traumatic brain injury and died from her injuries March 18. …Read the rest »
Nearly 20 percent of nursing home residents in the U.S. experience verbal or physical mistreatment in the hands of fellow residents, a new study has found. According to a CBS News report, the study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care, showed that it is disturbingly common for elderly residents who live in nursing homes to experience such abuse from other residents. Researchers conducted month-long surveillance in 10 urban and suburban nursing homes in New York State. More than 2,000 residents participated in the study. …Read the rest »
The owner of California’s largest chain of nursing homes is under fire over allegations of abuse and wrongful deaths in at least one of its facilities. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the care facility in question is Centinela Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center West in Inglewood where 68-year-old Geneva Hilton reportedly died in 2014, five weeks after she was admitted into the facility. Los Angeles millionaire Schlomo Rechnitz, who has been praised for his charity and generosity, is now facing questions over the treatment of vulnerable, elderly people in his nursing facilities.
His company owns 81 nursing homes in California. Hilton’s daughter has sued Centinela West claiming elder abuse and negligence. That lawsuit states that the woman was admitted for rehabilitative care with her lungs in good condition. But five weeks later, she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition for pneumonia, dehydration and a body temperature that was lower than 80 degrees. Now, her daughter is trying to figure out what went wrong. The article talks about several other facilities owned by Rechnitz where there have been allegations of horrible abuse and neglect. …Read the rest »
An Alameda County judge has issued an order prohibiting state health officials from allowing doctors at nursing homes to administer psychiatric drugs or make end-of-life decisions for patients whom doctors consider mentally incompetent. According to a news report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the order Jan. 27 after ruling that a 1992 state law, which authorized nursing home doctors to make those decisions on their own, violates patients’ constitutional rights. The California Association of Health Facilities, which represents the state’s nursing homes, said it will appeal this decision.
The article states that as many as 10,000 nursing home patients in California have been declared “incompetent” with no family members or others designated to represent them. These individuals could be affected by this ruling, which basically ensures that healthcare decisions will be made by residents themselves unless a court is convinced that they cannot. This ruling is the first of its kind in the United States and could serve as a model for other states with similar laws. …Read the rest »
A nursing home in Modesto was penalized by the health department for failing to give medication to patients who has serious health issues.
According to a news report in the Modesto Bee, Vintage Faire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to administer prescribed medication to patients who had serious health conditions such as blood infections, epilepsy, heart arrhythmia and breathing problems.
Between February 18 and July 31, the California Department of Public Health investigated several complaints against the nursing home and found several violations including …Read the rest »
A former worker in a San Diego-area nursing home who officials say took part in posting a video online mocking an elderly patient is facing criminal charges.
According to a 10News report, LaToya Walker was charged with misdemeanor counts of elderly abuse and invasion of privacy.
Walker is accused of taking part in posting a video on Snapchat in October and showed a partially nude …Read the rest »
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has launched an elder abuse investigation after a nursing home employee in Vista was accused of using her cell phone to take footage of a patient getting in the shower and then posting it on Snapchat.
A tipster told 10News that she saw that video, taken at the LifeHOUSE Vista Healthcare Center, on Snapchat.
The video showed a partially nude woman from the shoulders up with …Read the rest »