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Home Activities for an Elderly Loved One

Elderly loved ones have always needed and deserved special attention, but in a world reshaped by the Coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to go the extra mile with them. The claustrophobia and loneliness of social distancing affect everyone, but that’s especially true for elders, essentially all of whom are high-risk and trapped at home. … Continue reading Home Activities for an Elderly Loved One

COVID-19 Resources for the Elderly and Families

Living through a pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for people of all ages, from children to the elderly. Although kids have shown to be the most resilient as far as physical risks from COVID-19, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t concerns for their physical and emotional well-being. And adults and the elderly can face significant health … Continue reading COVID-19 Resources for the Elderly and Families

A Senior’s Guide to Exercise and Fitness

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you don’t need to exercise regularly. Even if you don’t exercise much right now, you can still make a goal of getting fit during your senior years. Make working out something you enjoy and you’ll find that it’s easy to get into shape while having fun. What Are … Continue reading A Senior’s Guide to Exercise and Fitness

Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths by State

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, nursing home residents have accounted for 35-40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. That’s a huge percentage considering that the 1.5 million people who live in nursing homes only make up 0.45% of the entire U.S. population. Which states have had the most coronavirus nursing home deaths? We ranked … Continue reading Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths by State

How Much a Nursing Home Costs per Hour in Every State

The cost of care in a nursing home isn’t particularly cheap, but in which states is it the most expensive? After analyzing data from SeniorLiving.org, we created this infographic that takes a look at the costs of nursing homes across every state in America. The data covers the average costs on an annual basis, then … Continue reading How Much a Nursing Home Costs per Hour in Every State

DOJ Senior Exploitation Crackdown Targets Financial Abuse

A recent announcement covered by ABC News, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made a statement while in Florida regarding their goals for preserving the safety and finances of seniors. The DOJ senior exploitation crackdown initiative has announced plans to focus the overwhelming brunt of its efforts on prosecuting international financial exploitation scams. The DOJ … Continue reading DOJ Senior Exploitation Crackdown Targets Financial Abuse

Federal Nursing Home Infection Control Rollback Risks Lives

One of the last federal nursing home infection control regulations passed before the current presidency was a requirement aimed at corralling the 1.6 to 3.8 million infections and diseases that plague nursing homes annually. The first part of the federal nursing home infection regulation was a requirement for all long-term care facilities to develop infection … Continue reading Federal Nursing Home Infection Control Rollback Risks Lives

Sioux City Resident Robbery Concludes With Caretaker’s Plea

The story of a Sioux City resident robbery has begun to conclude with justice for the victim. 52-year-old, Ronald Taylor, has reversed his plea on the count of stealing large quantities of money from his ward, The Sioux City resident robbery began on July 28, 2017, and continued until June 2019. During that time, Ronald … Continue reading Sioux City Resident Robbery Concludes With Caretaker’s Plea

Nursing Facility Care Bill Passes Georgia House by Overwhelming Vote

On Feb. 28, 2020, a new nursing facility care bill has passed in Georgia’s legislative house by a staggering 160 – 1 vote. If this bill passes the Senate, it will become law, requiring nursing homes, assisted living centers, and personal care homes to reevaluate the level of care they are providing to their residents. … Continue reading Nursing Facility Care Bill Passes Georgia House by Overwhelming Vote

Ruthie’s Law Lawsuit Filed by Nursing Homes to Avoid Enforcement

A lawsuit has been filed against officials from Erie County, New York by eight nursing homes and the state association over the legality and enforceability of a local law known as Ruthie’s Law. The Ruthie’s Law lawsuit was filed the week of Feb. 17, 2020, in the New York State Supreme Court and neither side … Continue reading Ruthie’s Law Lawsuit Filed by Nursing Homes to Avoid Enforcement

Alzheimer’s Patients Taking Antipsychotic Drugs Suffer Cranial Injury Risk

New research from the University of Eastern Finland published Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that antipsychotic medications were associated with a 29% increased risk of head injuries and a 22% increased risk of traumatic brain injuries in Alzheimer’s patients. While a connection between antipsychotics and increased fall risk in … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Patients Taking Antipsychotic Drugs Suffer Cranial Injury Risk

Registered Nurse Narcotics Theft Leads to Suspension

A recent registered nurse narcotics theft at two nursing home facilities has left the nurse facing sanctions, and his patients in great pain. Reporters from the Miami Herald name Brett Edwards as the accused in the registered nurse narcotics theft case and claim that he committed robberies at two different nursing homes before being caught. … Continue reading Registered Nurse Narcotics Theft Leads to Suspension

Florida Home Surveillance Relaxation Could Jeopardize Resident Safety

A recent initiative for Florida home surveillance relaxation could allow more nursing homes to get away with neglectful conditions. According to current Florida law, a nursing home cited for a Class 1 violation or multiple Class 2 violations will then be investigated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) every six months for … Continue reading Florida Home Surveillance Relaxation Could Jeopardize Resident Safety

Georgia Coroner’s Law Could Catch Nursing Home Abusers

A bill has been presented in the Georgia legislation that could change the way that nursing homes and coroners document deaths. The Georgia coroner’s law could remove a nursing home’s ability to sign death certificates without a coroner’s approval. The Georgia coroner’s law, formerly known as House Bill 262, is currently pending before the General … Continue reading Georgia Coroner’s Law Could Catch Nursing Home Abusers

Tomball Concealed Camera Leads to Caretaker’s Arrest

In Tomball, Texas, a nursing home caretaker has been arrested after a camera was placed in one resident’s room. The Tomball concealed camera recorded the caretaker verbally and physically abusing the resident and then mocking the resident for their injuries. The Tomball concealed camera case began when Merry West Teno was visiting her mother and … Continue reading Tomball Concealed Camera Leads to Caretaker’s Arrest

Illinois Nursing Home Report Finds Major Infractions in Two Homes

The Peoria Journal Star reported that two nursing homes from Peoria, Illinois, have been fined following a report that found them in violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. The Illinois nursing home report fines amounted to $50,000 total, $25,000 each. According to the Illinois Nursing Home Act, the Generations at Peoria and Sharon … Continue reading Illinois Nursing Home Report Finds Major Infractions in Two Homes

Dementia Life Expectancy Tool Promises Benefit for Patients and Providers

Researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden’s largest academic medical research center, along with researchers from the Netherlands, have developed a set of screening tests as a Dementia life expectancy tool that they report can accurately predict the life expectancy of a dementia patient within three years of diagnosis. The tools are intended to help healthcare providers … Continue reading Dementia Life Expectancy Tool Promises Benefit for Patients and Providers

New Jersey Understaffing Crisis Intensifies After Staffing Bill’s Expiration

Two weeks ago, the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys covered the expiration of a New Jersey staffing bill that was meant to institute mandatory minimum staffing ratios in nursing homes. This potential cure to the New Jersey understaffing crisis that has gripped the state was struck down. Since then, NJ.com has interviewed certified nursing … Continue reading New Jersey Understaffing Crisis Intensifies After Staffing Bill’s Expiration

Florida Fatality Team Bill Begins Its Fourth Attempt in Legislature

On Jan. 24, 2020, a bill designed to allow the creation of an investigative body to look into elder abuse deaths began its fourth attempt at passage according to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News. The Florida fatality team bill, proposed by Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, has failed to pass three times in the … Continue reading Florida Fatality Team Bill Begins Its Fourth Attempt in Legislature

Foley Financial Exploitation Targets Four Nursing Home Residents

On Jan. 22, 2020, reporters at AL.com described the arrest of a 19-year-old woman from Foley, South Carolina who was arrested in connection with the financial exploitation of at least four residents of a nursing home that she was employed at. The Foley financial exploitation case, reports say, could result in significant jail time for … Continue reading Foley Financial Exploitation Targets Four Nursing Home Residents