Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Oppose the Use of Chemical Restraints to Care for Dementia Patients

AThe use of chemical restraints is, unfortunately, nothing new. Nursing home abuse lawyers have long known that medication is often used to sedate and restrain residents. ABC News online recently published an article on the detrimental effects of a certain prescription often given to Dementia patients in nursing homes. Most of the time, these prescriptions are dispersed not only to sedate patients so they become more "manageable," but also to help the nursing home make money from the Medicaid reimbursements they receive for ordering the medication. Medication Causes Increased Death Risk in Dementia Patients study of over 75,000 … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Lawyers: Product Increases Safety for Dementia Patients

As elder abuse lawyers, we know having a parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia has a long list of day-to-day challenges. For those who have a parent that has tendencies to wander from the home there is also an added element of constant fear. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 6 million people with Alzheimer’s in this country and studies have shown that 60 percent of those who suffer from the disease will wander off and become lost. Sadly, about half of those who do get lost and are not found within 24 hours might die. Dr. Andrew Carle, director of the senior housing administration at George Mason … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Leads to Patient ‘Assault’

As nursing home neglect lawyers, we write a lot about abuse and neglect on the part of facilities and caregivers, but sometimes, other residents can pose a danger to your loved ones as well. Patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s have to be watched carefully because they can easily wander off or become very agitated. The facility needs to provide enough staff to ensure the safety of all of the patients in the dementia and Alzheimer’s unit from harming themselves or others. Autopsy Reveals Assault Injuries Caused Death Mercedes Iverson, 86, died on Thursday, July 14 at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital after an … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Can Occur Through Chemical Restraint

According to a report recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services, 14% of the 2.1 million elderly nursing home patients, during the first 6 months of 2007, were being prescribed at least one atypical anti-psychotic drug. It was found that over half of that 14% were prescribed the drugs for dementia alone. The anti-psychotics, including Seroquel, Zyprexa, and Risperadal, have NOT been approved for use in the treatment of dementia. In fact, the FDA has indicated that not only do these drugs offer no benefits to dementia patients, they actually can cause life threatening side effects. This undoubtedly a form of nursing home … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Costs Haverford Facility Its License

Two weeks ago, we posted a nursing home abuse blog about the Quadrangle nursing facility in Delaware County, PA. The story revolved around the depraved abuse of 78 year-old dementia patient Lois McAllister and the orderlies that mocked and abused her, forcing her to walk around her room naked while they stood and laughed. McAllister’s family caught the abuse on tape, and the staff members involved were arrested and charged. Today, we are happy to report that, due to this extremely abusive behavior, Sunrise Continued Care, the parent company of Quadrangle, has had their license revoked. Sunrise is no longer licensed to operate Quadrangle, … [Read more...]

Attorneys Report on Awful Abuse of Dementia Patient

As New Jersey and Philadelphia attorneys who have become experts on nursing home abuse and neglect cases, we continue to highlight nursing homes in which acts of elder abuse occur. The Delaware County, Pennsylvania nursing home that we will focus on today seems to be an example of horrible abuse by staff at a nursing facility. Quadrangle Nursing Home Residents Caught on Tape Abusing Dementia Patient The family of a 78 year old Lois McCallister, a patient at the Quadrangle nursing home in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, placed a “nanny cam” in view of their relative after she complained of being punched, slapped, and otherwise abused by … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Send Resident to Freezer

On October 28, 2010, 94 year old Molly Fischer was found inside the walk-in freezer of her California nursing home. An organized search within the home found her alive and standing inside the freezer. She was immediately taken to the hospital and has since been returned to her residency at the Silverado Senior Living Center in Calabasas, California. Nursing Home Negligence at the Silverado Senior Living Center While Molly was found alive and returned to her home in restored health, can it be determined that she is, in fact, safe? Molly, like many of the other residents at Silverado, suffers from dimentia. It is likely that she … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Negligence Ends in Resident Disappearance and Large Verdict

The Pheasant Point Retirement and Asisted Living Residence in Molalla, Oregon was home to 75 year old Ruby Larson. Ruby was admitted to the home in May of 2007, suffering from dementia, short-term memory loss, and disorientation. She had no recollection of her own medical needs, and had a history of wandering off. The staff at Pheasant Point was aware of Ruby's condition, as well as the inherent risks associated with it. During her stay there, Ruby wandered off 4 seperate times. The fourth time, July 23, 2007, she never returned. Teams from three surrounding counties searched and found nothing. She was declared legally dead by judge's order … [Read more...]

Six Steps to Skirt Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can play an extremely daunting role in where, when, and even if we decide to place our loved ones in a long term care facility. Trends of abuse, negligence, theft, and fraud seem to be taking over an industry that should be known for it's kindness, compassion, benevolence, and dependability. Choosing a nursing home can be overwhelming and scary, so the best way to go about the task is to be prepared and know exactly what to look for in a good and trustworthy nursing home. Below are six steps you can take to ensure that you are choosing the right facility to trust with the care of your loved one. Steps You Can Take … [Read more...]