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How Can Nursing Homes Better Protect Residents From Falls?

Published on Nov 16, 2021 at 5:15 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

How Can Nursing Homes Better Protect Residents From Falls

When residents of a nursing home suffer a fall, it can have a catastrophic effect on their health. Sometimes, falls are fatal. Even when they aren’t, they can result in traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures, and other painful and debilitating outcomes.

Of the roughly 1.6 million people who live in nursing facilities around the U.S., about half suffer at least one fall annually. Nursing homes must do a better job to protect residents from falls.

Do Most Elderly Abuse Victims Get the Support They Need?

Published on Oct 22, 2021 at 5:32 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Do Most Elderly Abuse Victims Get the Support They Need

It’s estimated that as many as five million older adults are abused in the U.S. each year. These numbers may seem impossibly high, and lead many to ask: where does most elder abuse occur? Elder abuse has been known to happen in a person’s own home, in the home of a friend or family member, in a hospital, or in any other residential or healthcare setting. There is evidence that nursing home abuse is one of the most prevalent types of elder abuse.

But do most elderly abuse victims get the support they need to recover? Unfortunately, given the prevalence of elder abuse and the high percentage of unreported cases, not every elderly victim of abuse is supported in the ways needed for recovery.

How Will Nursing Homes Change After COVID-19?

Published on Mar 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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The COVID 19 pandemic has showed many of us that parts of or society weren’t functioning as smoothly as we thought they were. It’s also showed us that what we previously thought was the best option actually wasn’t at all, and that alternative options were available. One of those options were nursing homes.

Before the pandemic, many families thought these were the best places for their older loved ones to spend the rest of their lives and receive great care. However, COVID has shown us that that’s not always true. It’s possible that families will be more apt to caring for their elderly loved ones for as long as possible before sending them to long-term care facilities.

Could Private Ownership of Nursing Homes Improve Conditions and Care?

Published on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:04 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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Many nursing homes have been bought into the private sector since 2009. The big question that this presents is whether or not private ownership of nursing homes has a positive effect on the residents and their health. Since resident health should be at the forefront of a facility’s priorities, it’s an important question to ask when we see the ownership trending toward private equity.

If your loved one has been abused or neglected in their nursing home, whether it was privately or publicly owned, they deserve justice for the injuries and other damages that they suffered. With the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer from Shrager & Sachs, you’ll be able to defend the rights of your loved one and ensure the negligent party is held responsible for the harm they caused your older relative in their care.

What Factors Increase Mortality Rates in Nursing Home Residents?

Published on Mar 5, 2021 at 1:34 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you trust a nursing home to take care of your elderly and vulnerable loved one, you expect them to have the appropriate knowledge to ensure that they are as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, not every long-term care facility will ensure that your loved one gets the best care possible and will put cutting costs above the standard of care they provide. When that happens, it can lead to abuse, negligence, and even death for the residents.

Federal Program Helped Some of PA’s Most Troubled Nursing Homes During Pandemic

Published on Feb 25, 2021 at 8:49 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Federal programming was awarded in September to nursing homes that were affected by the pandemic, as they were the facilities that were responsible for keeping the elderly population safe, otherwise known as the most vulnerable population during COVID-19. The funding was meant to support and reward the facilities that followed the guidelines and kept their residents safe.

How to Report a Nursing Home to the State of Pennsylvania

Published on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:33 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you and your loved one decide it’s time for them to move into a nursing home to get the care they need, you’ll undoubtedly want to find the best facility for them. With so many facilities to choose from, the decision isn’t always easy. When you do pick one, however, you expect the nursing home to provide their residents with outstanding and attentive care.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, more than 80,000 state residents live in more than 700 nursing homes throughout the state. When a nursing home fails to provide the 24-hour, long-term care they are required to provide, a report can be made to ensure the facility is investigated and the residents are safe.

Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Ordered to Administer Universal COVID-19 Testing

Published on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable populations when it comes to the spread of viruses and other illnesses. This is one of the reasons as to why so many facilities were hit hard when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The majority of facilities were not prepared for the outbreak, which has led to a high number of cases and fatalities across the state and nation.

In an attempt to reduce further spread of the coronavirus, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has ordered in-state nursing homes to administer universal COVID-19 testing.

The Risks of Performing Biomedical Research in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Published on Jun 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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As COVID-19 continues to infect people on a daily basis, scientists, doctors, and researchers are working tirelessly to find ways to treat the virus and develop a vaccine. Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable population to COVID-19. Across Pennsylvania, tens of thousands of nursing home residents have been infected, which has led some doctors to take drastic and questionable measures when it comes to attempting treatments through biomedical research. Let’s take a look at the risks of performing biomedical research in skilled nursing facilities and what the potential ramifications could be.

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