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Unregulated ‘Personal Care Homes’ Pose Major Threat To Vulnerable People Residents

Posted in Group Homes

It always seems like the most vulnerable residents of the entire care-related industry are the ones who are most at risk for harm from derelict operators and staff at care facilities.  Disturbingly, some facilities in the murky world of ‘personal care homes’ have created an entire industry where elderly and disabled patients go mistreated so… Continue Reading

Can Legislators Keep Up With Alternative Senior Living Arrangements

Posted in Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes

For some senior living operators, it seems like the regulatory laws that apply to their facilities are simply too burdensome.   After all, operators of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are subject to laws that are designed to protect their predominately elderly residents from harm.  It goes without saying that complying with some of… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Claims That Husband & Wife Suffered From Negligent Care At Residential Care Facility For The Elderly

Posted in Bed Sores, Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers & Pressure Ulcers, Group Homes, Residential Care Facilities

Like many elderly couples, a decision to move into a long-term care facility may mean that such a decision is a ‘joint effort’ and where one spouse goes– so goes the other.  In theory, moving a couple into a long-term care facility provides continuity and support in a new environment. But what happens when the… Continue Reading

Recent Problems Highlighted In Article About Residential Care Facilities For The Elderly In California

Posted in Bed Sores, Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers & Pressure Ulcers, Group Homes

One of the the emerging trends in nursing home care is the proliferation of care facilities that commonly hold themselves out to be nursing home alternatives.  Many of these facilities have arisen in response to consumer demand for facilities that offer a less institutional feel and a cost far-less than traditional skilled nursing facilities (nursing… Continue Reading

Are Tougher Rules Called For At Assisted Living Facilities?

Posted in Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes

Perhaps some of the most some of the biggest drawbacks with assisted living facilities—and other alternative senior housing arrangements came to light recently when six people at a North Carolina assisted living facility died from hepatitis after staff used dirty syringes to administer drugs such as insulin. Officials from the North Carolina Department of Health… Continue Reading

Tougher Regulations For Illinois Nursing Facilities Caring For Children Coming In Near Future

Posted in Chicago Nursing Homes & Other Communities Within Illinois, Children In Nursing Homes, Group Homes, Foster Care & Day Care, Group Homes

The widely publicized Chicago Tribune investigative article regarding a large number of neglect-related deaths of children at a Chicago nursing facility appears to have caught the attention of Illinois officials. Recently, Illinois officials held meetings with child advocacy groups and representatives from facilities that care for disabled children in order to get input regarding legislation… Continue Reading

Abusive Events In Adult Homes Go Unreported & Unprosecuted

Posted in Burns, Group Homes

A recent article in The Seattle Times presented a sad, but realistic, glimpse into the abusive and neglectful conditions found in many adult homes in Washington. As people look for additional living options instead of traditional nursing homes, adult group homes (characterized as facilities that care for six or few people) theoretically provide an attractive… Continue Reading

Is This An Attempt To ‘Control’ A Patient? Or Is This Simply Another Attempt To Cover Up Abuse In A Group Home?

Posted in Group Homes, Nursing Home Abuse

Too often in my world as a lawyer for the injured in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, I see a disconnect between the type of injury a client sustained versus the explanation provided by a facility.  In other words, I’ve seen many facilities claim an injury, such as a complex leg or arm… Continue Reading

Mentally Ill Nursing Home Patients To Have More Care Options

Posted in Chicago Nursing Homes & Other Communities Within Illinois, Group Homes

McKnight’s had a recent story about how more than 4,500 mentally ill nursing home patients living in Illinois facilities will soon have the option of moving to smaller, less nursing intensive facilities under the terms of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union.  The settlement applies to patients living in nursing homes categorized as… Continue Reading

Thankfully, We Now Have Many Laws To Protect The Elderly From Abuse In A Variety Of Settings. However, Laws Are Worthless, If The People For Whom They Are Intended To Help Are Unaware Of Them

Posted in Chicago Nursing Homes & Other Communities Within Illinois, Group Homes, Nursing Home Abuse

Over the last 20 years, federal and state legislatures have drafted many laws with the intention of protecting the most vulnerable members of our society– they elderly.  As the laws accumulate, it is important to know what laws apply to particular situations of abuse or mistreatment and how to properly apply them to particular situations…. Continue Reading

Now That We Rate Nursing Homes, Is It Time To Rate Other Adult-Care Facilities?

Posted in Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes, Medication Errors, Neglect

Families looking for facilities to care for their loved ones in North Carolina may begin having an easier time selecting an adequate adult day care, assisted living facility (ALF) or residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE) after the state implements a new rating system.  Similar to the well-publicized Medicare-rating system for nursing homes, North… Continue Reading

Are Group Homes A Viable Alternative To Nursing Homes?

Posted in Group Homes, Sexual Abuse & Assault

Adult Group homes may provide an alternative to nursing homes for older adults who are at risk of living alone but do not require nursing care.  These homes allow elderly family members to have more autonomy, while still providing convenient access to services.  Adult group homes refer to housing for groups of unrelated adult individuals… Continue Reading

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