Simple and Cheap Ways to Prevent Bedsores in Nursing Homes

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, we bedsore prevention and how some nursing homes are now using a "team" approach to actively fight this problem. My absolute favorite quote from the another Nursing home abuse advocate is "preventing bedsores is a 24/7/365 kind of job." Duh! Of course it is! The question is why most nursing homes don"t see things from that perspective? A lawyer who represents cliens with bed sores, pressure ulcers and sees other kinds of nursing home abuse, we are happy when we see some nursing homes and long term care facilities finding "creative, low-tech solutions" being implemented by nursing homes to fight … [Read more...]

Nursing Homes in Danger of Disappearing

According to a report from Connecticut, many nursing homes and their staff and services are in serious danger of being cut and even closed completely due to Medicare rate adjustments and other cuts as part of the health care reform. The president of the American Health Care Association even sees many nursing homes closing because of these cost cuts. The U.S. Census Bureau shows that 1.85 million people are now being taken care of in the nation’s 16,000 nursing homes and this is up from 1.79 million in 2007. This is clearly not the time to be cutting nursing home funding and closing nursing homes. Despite these figures though, many nursing … [Read more...]

Should a Price Tag be put on Good Medical Care?

There has been much debate about health care over the last few months. One of the issues that is being brought up over and over again is whether or not tort reform and limits on malpractice suits actually will save money. Some people say it does because doctors will not have to spend so much money ordering special tests and treatments for patients when it may not be needed. Should a price tag really be put on good medical care? What if a doctor did not order a test or treatment because they thought it was not needed and then later discovered that it could have helped? For situations like these that happen every day in millions of hospitals, … [Read more...]

How to Report Elder Abuse or Elder Neglect in NJ

Filing a report with the State of New Jersey in the event of nursing home neglect is the first step in pursuing a claim for elder abuse.  The process is very simple and extremely helpful if you have considered taking legal action against the facility. How It Works When you call the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services,  a representative will discuss and document any problems or issues you are having with the particular nursing home facility.  Based on your information, an investigator will be sent to the facility within ten (10) days to investigate the claim.  The investigator will then review the patient's chart, … [Read more...]

How to File a Hospital or Nursing Home Discharge Appeal With Medicare

If you believe that a Medicare patient is being inappropriately discharged from a hospital or nursing home facility, you must file the following procedure from the Department of Health and Human Services to appeal the decision: Steps to Appeal Your Discharge: Step 1:  You must contact the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) no later than your planned discharge date and before you leave the hospital.  If you do this, you will not have to pay for the services you receive during the appeal (except for charges like co-pays and deductibles). Here is the contact information for the QIO: (800) 624-4557 or tty 1-(877) 486-2048 You can … [Read more...]

Willow Crest Manor Shut Down by Department of Public Works

Residents of Philadelphia and Willow Grove were appalled to find out that their local nursing homes, Willow Crest Manor, was being shut down by the Department of Public Works.  The DPW was quick to pull the plug on the home after investigations in to two suspicious deaths uncovered gross negligence and massive rule violations.  The list of egregious violations included the administration of recalled drugs after the date of the recall, the distribution of medicine to its customers by unlicensed and under trained employees, and the use of prescription drugs without a doctor’s orders.  The DPW found that medicines given to residents weren't … [Read more...]

What To Look For In A Nursing Home

The thought of placing a family member in a nursing home can be overwhelming.  With reports of abuse and neglect constantly surfacing all over the country, selecting a nursing home is often the last resort for many families.  Unfortunately, the time does come when even the most devoted families are unable to provide the necessary medical care that their loved one needs. When faced with such a tough decision , it is essential that family members educate themselves on how to distinguish a good nursing home from the bad.  Carole Herman from the Foundation Aiding The Elderly (FATE) has compiled the following tips as a free resource to guide … [Read more...]