Like many transitions in life, a shift to a skilled nursing facility generally comes at an unsuspecting time. For many, the move to a nursing home comes after a sudden illness or injury leaves the person unable to care for herself. In most circumstances, there is a sense of urgency that accompanies this transition as… Continue Reading
I’ve been focusing some recent Nursing Homes Abuse Blog entries regarding using various web resources for the selection of a nursing home or assisted living facility. We’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing the resources available via: states’ Department of Health, court websites and medicare, but there are many privately run sites that provide… Continue Reading
Caring for a loved one can be difficult. The added dynamic of caring for a loved one who requires the services of a nursing home can be even more so. Too often families find themselves grasping for information at a time when tensions run high. Here are some great sites I’ve accumulated. Of course, there… Continue Reading
I think anyone who reads a recent article by Dean Olsen in The State Journal Register will likely be left with the feeling that the world is a better place due to people like Olga Perry. Hardly a household name, Ms. Perry is one the the thousands of mainly volunteer ombudsman across the country who… Continue Reading
I’m all for any tools that can help families make important decisions relating to nursing home care. Too often I see families walking around with huge stacks of reports on nursing homes from various websites. Not only is the the cross-referencing of websites difficult, much of the information is not current. The best site I’ve… Continue Reading
One of the more sobering parts of my job is when I tell someone about a nursing home negligence case that I’m working on– only to get a response of ‘so what’ or the ever compassionate ‘that guy was going to die anyway’. Of course, death is an inevitable part of life, but older people… Continue Reading
I am proud to announce the latest spinnoff of the Nursing Homes Abuse Blog— BedSoreFaq.com. Bed Sores are a horrendous condition that effect people in all demographics. If you haven’t seen a bed sore first hand–and I truly hope you never do— BedSoreFaq will have photos, videos and diagrams of this gruesome medical condition. … Continue Reading
I am overwhelmed by the generosity of blog readers who contribute their time to offer advice, criticism and comments on many issues we routinely discuss relating to nursing homes around the country. Thank you! I have put together a survey to try to quantify some of these topics. Please take a few minutes to answer… Continue Reading
Most people probably haven’t heard of ombudsmen, but mention it to a group of nursing home residents and you will likely see smiles come to their faces. Ombudsmen are advocates for nursing home residents who are too old or too frail to speak for themselves. Ombudsmen ensure nursing homes are providing adequate care to residents… Continue Reading
If you’ve never heard of EveryBlock.com, you may want to check it out to find out what is going on in your city. EveryBlock is a useful compilation of public records in: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. You can search by zip code or… Continue Reading
Jonathan Rosenfeld of the Nursing Homes Abuse Blog, was recently interviewed for an article in Lawyers USA regarding the new ‘five star’ nursing home rating system implemented by Medicare. Here is a link to the article.
Last week, I had the honor of being invited to Martin Sabel’s, a/k/a Mr. Eldercare, radio program, ‘Ask Mr. Eldercare’ to discuss the new Medicare rating system for nursing homes. It was great fun to discuss this new development in nursing home care with such a knowledgeable man. Martin has helped thousands of families handle… Continue Reading
Up and running. Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) revealed its much anticipated website that provides nursing home ratings on a starred system–similar to restaurant and hotels. The website actually provides three type of ratings for nursing homes throughout the country–based on overall quality, staffing and health inspections, plus and overall score. Each section is scored on… Continue Reading
With the holidays upon us, many of us will be visiting friends and relatives in nursing homes. In order to make the visit rewarding, for you and your loved one, some advanced thought should be put into your visit. I came across this valuable list of recommendations for nursing home visits compiled by Jennifer Davis,… Continue Reading
I just started going throug this infomative blog Nurisng Home & Hospital Surveyor Blog. The blog is written by a nurse and nursing home investigator. Just looking at the most recent post, I can tell that this site is going to have a ton of valuable information related to nursing home care. I will report… Continue Reading
The Elder Law Prof Blog prepared by Professor Kim Dayton, Director of the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at the William Mitchell College of Law, recently reported on a new service on the Medicare website for elder caregivers. The new Medicare website provides useful information to help home caregivers with questions such as: How… Continue Reading
Chicago Nursing Home Lawyer Blog has been named ‘blog of the day’ by Tom Mighell at the inter alia blog. Thanks Tom!
I came across this post in Bill Jackson’s Elder Abuse Blog regarding the selection of a nursing home. We are so connected to the internet and its resources for checking on people and facilities that we have become disconnected with actually going out and getting our hands dirty when investigating nursing homes for a loved… Continue Reading
<img src="http://www.blawg.com/claimscript.aspx?userid=goose575&LinksID=8012"> Why reinvent the wheel? Trying to find more information about your nursing home? This is an excellent ‘how to’ by Professor Hanns Peiper from the University of Evansville. Below is an except from Professor Peiper’s article in the Evansville Courrier & Press. Following is a set of steps that will get you helpful… Continue Reading
If you suspect an elderly friend or relative is the victim of abuse or neglect, it is important to report the episode to authorities. Making reports to the proper agency does three important things: Alerts authorities to current situation and allows them to get your loved one to safety. Creates a records of the incident… Continue Reading
"No health care employer shall hire, employ, or retain any individual who has a disqualifying conviction or an administrative finding of abuse, neglect or theft pursuant to 42 CFR Section 483.13 and 225 ILCS 46/25" Ever wonder how you can check on the staff at a nursing home or a home care-giver? The Illinois Department… Continue Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released a listing of sub-standard nursing homes. Nursing homes rely on government payments for approximately 80% of their budget, the potential loss of funding effectively forces them out of business. In order to continue to receive government funding from Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes are… Continue Reading
The biggest predictor in determining resident care is the owner of the nursing home according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Of 91, Utah Nursing Homes studied, the article detailed how, many problems start at the top and ‘trickle down to the lax administrators and nursing directors,’ Majestic Care, the owner of several Utah Nursing Homes… Continue Reading
Looking for a listing of nursing homes in Chicago? Looking for an address of a Chicago Nursing Home? Looking for a telephone number of a Chicago Nursing Home? Here is a list compiled by the City of Chicago. Check out the listing of Chicago Nursing Homes here.