Category: Nursing Home Safety
It’s not uncommon to hear concerns from loved ones of the 1.4 million individuals who have been moved to American nursing homes. Among the most frequent complaint is a lack of skilled professionals available when residents require assistance. Now, concerned family members’ voices are being vindicated by statistics uncovering staffing inefficiencies at skilled care facilities […]
A report released in February revealed that in an average week, more than 179,000 nursing home residents in the United States receive antipsychotic medication, even though they have no diagnoses that would justify the use of those medicines. Most of those people have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, according to the report from […]
March 3rd, 2017 by Wapner Newman
A recent investigation by CNN revealed that many nursing homes in the United States fail to protect their most vulnerable residents from sexual abuse. The federal government has cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of sexual abuse, and about 10 percent of those homes have been cited […]
It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has 2.2 million residents age 65 and older, which places the state fourth among all the states for percentage of people in that demographic sector. By 2030, citizens age 60 and older are projected to make up 29 percent of the Keystone State’s population and equal approximately four million […]
Our grandparents and parents are getting older. We’re getting older. The CDC has reported an all-time high in U.S. life expectancy based on 2012 data – an average of 78.8 years. The life expectancy for females was 81.2 years, while the life expectancy for men was 76.4 years. That number is likely to keep rising due […]
We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of lifting the garbage can lid and unexpectedly finding tons of small white insects wriggling around. Often confused as being their own species, maggots are actually the larvae stage in the lifecycle of certain flies. Since maggots eat nonstop, flies lay their eggs near sufficient sources of food – […]
As of 2015, there were 700 licensed nursing homes in Pennsylvania, with a total of approximately 88,000 beds. It’s estimated that on average, nursing homes here have an occupancy rate of over 90 percent. And the outlook is for more of the same. An estimated 70 percent of people currently turning 65 will need long-term […]
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks had it. So did glamorous film star Rita Hayworth. Tough guy Charles Bronson struggled with it. Country musician Glen Campbell still does. These celebrities join with the estimated 5.3 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease. One in nine people 65 years or older has Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is […]
October 22nd, 2014 by Wapner Newman
Attorney David Sternberg successfully negotiated a substantial settlement confidentially on behalf of an elderly nursing home resident who was attacked by another resident. The nursing home failed to provide a safe environment and protect the resident from aggressive behaviors and attacks despite being alerted of the prior attacks. The home failed to implement the necessary […]
July 7th, 2014 by Wapner Newman
As Pennsylvania caregivers monitor their loved ones living in nursing homes for any signs of abuse, which may include inadequate resident hygiene or inexplicable physical injuries, one more issue to be aware of is the misuse or abuse of prescription medications.
Attorneys for the AARP recently supported a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the family of deceased Ventura, Calif. nursing home resident Patricia Thomas. Thomas suffered from Alzheimer's disease and was placed in nursing home care after sustaining a broken pelvis.