Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Thrilled by American Nursing Homes Making Moves to Change Care

Our nations’ nursing homes are in dire need of help. Every day, nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates, P.C. are contacted by individuals regarding some form of abuse or negligence that a loved one endured in a nursing home. The importance of patient care seems to have dissipated and its priority replaced by money and business related needs. However, it seems there is has been a push for betterment in the nursing home industry. Advancing Excellence, NH Quality Campaign - a campaign created to encourage, assist, and empower nursing homes to improve the quality of life, prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers, and care for … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: CNA Imprisoned for Patient Abuse

Nursing home abuse lawyers try their best to advocate for the elderly victims of abuse and neglect, the victims who often can no longer defend themselves against these predators. Amanda Tibble, 36, who used to work as a certified nursing assistant at the John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone, Tennessee has been sentenced to 15 months in jail. Tibble was fired from the home when allegations of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse from January 2010 surfaced. She has since plead guilty to four counts of willful abuse or neglect and admitted to mentally abusing two patients. She has also been accused of twisting a male patient’s hand and … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect: Recognizing the Warning Signs

Today in the United States, there are more than one million elderly individuals living in nursing home establishments. Most families resort to nursing homes because their loved ones require moderate to extensive assistance with basic needs and medical care; care that they can no longer provide. The biggest problem in nursing homes, however, is neglect. These basic needs and medical care that should be provided consistently and in conjunction with a doctor's orders are neglected, or not carried out correctly. Annually, there are over 20,000 complaints of nursing home neglect, which represents only a fraction of the total instances, as recent … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect: No Care for Elderly Man Following Fall

Augustana Health Care Center, in Hasting Minnesota, was recently cited for abuse, causing the home to take corrective measures and re-educate their current employees. The Minnesota Department of Health Facility Complaints office stated that the nursing home neglect "occurred when staff did not assess, monitor, and treat" a man shortly following a fall. The duty and urgency of these employees should have been even more clear because in the present case, the "signs and symptoms indicated a head injury". Man Passes Away Two Days Following Injury A man fell at the health care center but did not receive proper treatment which led to his … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Results in a Citation at Minnesota Facility

The Minnesota Department of Health has recently announced that a citation for nursing home neglect has been issued following the actions of employees at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls, Minnesota. A female resident fell out of her wheelchair on multiple occasions in addition to falling out of a mechanical lift. The woman sustained injuries to her head, which she hit on two occasions during these three separate falls. This is surprisingly common across the country and it is essential that the proper authorities are made aware of these situations before it is too late. Special Investigator Substantiates Claims of Nursing Home … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Case Calls for Trial

A case of nursing home neglect will not be settled through a plea bargain and will require the parties to go through a trial. Amanda Tibble, a former nursing assistant at John. M. Reed Nursing Home, is charged with five counts of willful abuse, neglect, and exploitation of an adult. It is argued that the Tennessee woman both verbally and physically assaulted patients at her former place of employment. Despite agreeing to plead guilty to four of the counts, the trial will still go on in late August. Nursing Assistant Refuses to Accept Full Responsibility In return for reduced jail time, Tibble originally accepted a plea bargain. Following … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Can Lead to Bed Sores

Nursing home neglect is a huge cause for the development of bed sores and pressure ulcers. Nursing homes and long term patient care centers are responsible for giving good and professional care to their patients. Often, when a nursing home has a record of neglect or abuse, you will find patients that have acquired painful and often dangerous bed sores. It is important for a patient's loved ones to know the symptoms and signs of bed sores and pressure ulcers so that they can immediately take action when stage one bed sores start to form. When it comes to bed sores, prevention is the best medicine, but if prevention isn't happening due to … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect of Oral Health Leaves Woman Gravely Ill

Nursing home neglect can affect many areas of care. One often overlooked area is oral hygiene. Oral health can affect the overall health of the already at risk population and there is little dental care in place in many of the country’s nursing homes. But dental care is starting to get better and they are even offering their patients Invisalign in Calgary. A resident of a Kentucky nursing home contracted a potentially life threatening gum infection because the staff failed to remove her dentures for six months. A staff member was told of the woman’s dentures when she was admitted, but it was never noted in the chart. From there on out, … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Very Dangerous to Alzheimer Patients

Nursing home neglect is very serious problems in this country and affect one of the nation's most vulnerable populations. Within that already vulnerable population are those that are particularly vulnerable. These are the millions of people that suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's is a progressive neurological disorder that eventually leads to dementia. This dementia causes a significant loss of mental capabilities, which in turn causes memory loss that can interfere with social functioning. In 2000, 4.5 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Of those diagnosed, 7% … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Can Begin With New Hires

Nursing home abuse can begin as early as the hiring process. Not all states require background checks for those applying for jobs in nursing homes, and for that reason, people with criminal convictions do not have a hard time gaining employment at a nursing home or similar care facility. People with a history of assault, criminal negligence, or theft would be high risks as employees in a nursing home. Overwhelming Frequency of Nursing Home Employees with Criminal Convictions According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of nursing homes in this country hire employees with criminal convictions, a huge … [Read more...]