Nursing Home Nurses Accused of Neglect in Deaths

Penny Whitlock, a former nurse and director of nursing at the Illinois nursing home, Woodstock Residence, now called Crossroads Care Center of Woodstock, requested that three charges against her related to nursing home abuse and neglect be thrown out. The charges allege that she neglected three nursing home residents by failing to blow the whistle on the mistreatment of another patient. Whitlock filed a motion asking the judge to throw out three charges for neglecting long-term care facility residents, claiming she cannot be charged for neglect of patients other than the one who she allegedly knew was being mistreated. In total, Whitlock is charged with five counts of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident and two counts of obstructing justice. Additionally, former Woodstock Residence nurse Marty Himebaugh was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, four counts of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident, one count of obtaining morphine by fraud, and one count of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. At the heart of the issue is whether Whitlock failed to take action after receiving complaints from other staff members alleging that Himebaugh was overmedicating nursing home patients with morphine and whether Whitlock urged Himebaugh to continue being an “Angel of Death.” The charges touch on nursing home abuse , nursing home neglect, medication errors, and physical or chemical restraints.

In a related suit, Levin and Perconti has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Woodstock Residence, Whitlock, and Himebaugh.

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Nurses Declare Lack of Staff at Nursing Homes and Hospitals

A new survey has revealed that nurses working at nursing homes feel that there are fewer staff members than needed. Nearly three-quarters of nurses surveyed declared that at the nursing homes and hospitals they worked for, the staff numbers were inadequate. A lack of staff members can lead to neglect, and even abuse, as recognized by those surveyed, half of whom reported feeling that quality of care is on the decline. The problem of inadequate numbers compounds itself as more nurses leave their positions because of concerns about sub-par care resulting from the low numbers of staff. Most shockingly, little more than half of the nurses felt comfortable about the idea of one of their loved ones being treated at their respective facilities. This announcement by nurses shows that there is a rising danger of hospital injuries and nursing home injuries, especially medication errors, wrongful death, and other nursing errors as existing staff members are unable to keep up with high demands which can lead to medical mistakes.

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Jury Awards $1 Million in Suit Against Nursing Home

A jury awarded $1 million in punitive damages to the family of a 104 year-old who died after a brief stay in a nursing home operated by Sunrise Senior Living. The jury found that the nursing home’s abuse and neglect led to her developing pressure ulcers. These ulcers could have been treated, but adequate measures, such as skin checks, were not taken by the facility. The woman only stayed in the Sunrise facility, one of 440 homes operated by Sunrise, for about two months. However, the facility’s negligent care of her pressure ulcers resulted in the woman’s death a mere two weeks after she left the facility.

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Antipsychotic Drugs Dangerous for the Elderly: Study Shows Increased Rate of Hospitalization and Death

A recent study shows that elderly people with dementia who are prescribed antipsychotic medications like Haldol (haloperidol), Zyprexa (olanzapine), and Risperdal (risperidone), even for a short time, faced increased risks of ending up in the hospital and dying. Though there are limited alternatives to antipsychotics for the treatment of some behaviors associated with dementia and impaired cognitive functions, there is a clear indication that treatment with antipsychotics may lead to an increased risk of antipsychotic medication injury, nursing home wrongful death, and nursing home medical malpractice or medication injury. Elderly patients who were put on antipsychotics were 3.2 times more likely than individuals who had received no antipsychotics to be hospitalized or to die during the 30 days for follow-up.

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Nursing Home Fire Lawsuit Filed in Chicago over Death of Two Nursing Home Residents

The Chicago nursing home fire that lead to the death of two nursing home residents has resulted in a nursing home wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago. The surviving family members have filed the nursing home wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the nursing home failed to ensure the residents’ safety. The nursing home fire started in the men’s room at night and eventually spread smoke throughout the floor. The nursing home was evacuated and residents were treated for injuries. In conjunction with their attorneys, the surviving family members will now try to get access to the scene of the nursing home fire.

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Nursing Home Voluntarily Closes after Five Months on Federal List of Worst Nursing Homes

A nursing home has closed its doors voluntarily after five months on a federal list that catalogues the worst nursing homes in America. The federal list contains nursing homes that have repeat violations and that routinely lag behind federal standards. This home had been on the list for five months and had a record of nursing home abuse and neglect. The original corporate owner of the nursing home transferred its interest to a new party before the nursing home ownership corporation’s creator plead guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy relating to his ownership of more than 70 nursing homes.

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Community Opens an Elder Abuse Shelter to Protect Victims of Elder Abuse

Seniors now have a place to turn for advice and shelter when tragedy strikes. A community has now opened a senior abuse shelter and abuse hotline for seniors who need assistance. The community recently reflected that teenagers, women, and children have hotlines but not seniors. In response, a local community organization has provided an initial $100,000 budget to fund services after a saddening incident of elder abuse and neglect happened in the community. A local woman was found dead in her home after suffering from profound malnutrition after her daughter stopped feeding the elderly woman.

You can read more about the center here.

$900,000 Verdict in Nursing Home Resident’s Lawsuit Against Police for Loss of Dignity

A jury has awarded a $900,000 verdict in a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit to an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease after she suffered a loss of dignity when police forced her to the floor of her nursing home and handcuffed her. The nursing home called for an ambulance to aid the resident, but the police answered the call as well when the nursing home stated that the resident was abusive and dangerous. When the police responded, they handcuffed the woman and placed her on the floor, face down, for six minutes before she was put on a stretcher. During this process, the nursing home resident sustained bruises and sprains. What is most outrageous is that the nursing home staff never told the family members about the incident; it was only from the family members of another resident that the victim’s family members found out why she had been injured. Luckily, closed circuit television captured the incident which proved helpful at trial. Even though the victim was not able to recall her loss of dignity due to her Alzheimer’s, the jury still found that she did suffer and awarded her the verdict.

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Ventas, an Industry-Leading Nursing Home and Hospital Corporation, Will Move to Chicago

Ventas, once one of the poorest performing corporations in the health care business, has now turned its company around to be one of the most profitable. Ventas will move its corporate headquarters to Chicago, bringing a $10 billion portfolio of nursing home, assisted living, and health care facilities. In Illinois, Ventas already has significant real estate holdings after its acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living. Sunrise Senior Living has faced complaints to the Illinois Department of Health for nursing home abuse and neglect and has been the subject of individual nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuits.

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GAO Report Finds Faults with Current Nursing Home Compliance System, Recommends Changes

The GAO has released a study on the results of federal monitoring surveys of state inspections in nursing homes. The federal government often contracts with state employees to perform annual compliance surveys which are a prerequisite to Medicare and Medicaid funding. The GAO’s report unfortunately contains some very troubling reports of nursing home abuse and neglect.

The study found that a substantial proportion of state inspectors and surveys miss deficiencies in nursing homes regularly, including malnutrition, severe bedsores, overuse of prescription medications and nursing home abuse and neglect. Some of these deficiencies are at the most dangerous levels and could cause immediate harm to nursing home residents. However, less serious noncompliance was more frequent: approximately 70% of state surveys missed at least one instance of low-level noncompliance.

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Steven Levin to Present at Upcoming Continuing Legal Education Seminar on June 5th at JAMS

Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti will speak on nursing home abuse and neglect issues at an upcoming continuing legal education (CLE) seminar presented by JAMS during their CLE day on June 5th. The event is free and counts for 2 CLE credits.

The panel discussion is entitled “Nursing Home Litigation, Insurance, and Beyond” and will be headed by Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.) of JAMS, and feature Samia Amamoo, J.D. VP, Risk Management, of Boulevard Healthcare, LLC, Jean Golden of Cassiday Schade LLP, Lynn Reid of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., and Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti.

You may RSVP for the event by May 30th to Beth Horwitz at 312-655-0555 or bhorwitz@jamsadr.com.

New GAO Report Shows that State Nursing Home Inspectors Fail to Report Violations

A new report from the GAO has concluded that state nursing home inspectors are not reporting incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect, are failing to document them, and may be understating deficiencies at national nursing homes. The report comes as Congress considers a bill to increase fines to nursing homes that violate federal standards for nursing home care. Some states have begun to close repeat offender nursing homes who have excessive violations and incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect.

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Hidden Camera Proves Nursing Home Abuse; Operators Now Barred from Operating Care Facilities in the State

A hidden camera has caught nursing home abuse and neglect on tape and the footage was used to prove that a nursing home resident’s pressure sores were not adequately cared for. Per the doctor’s orders for pressure sore treatment, the resident was supposed to be turned every two hours. The cameras revealed to the family that the nursing home staff had not been turning and repositioning him and that the nursing home staff had lied on the charts. The state has responded by revoking the corporation’s business license and banning them from doing business in the state. Other complaints against the corporation include failure to maintain feeding tubes, nursing home residents being left to lie in their own waste for hours, and falsifying paperwork to cover up violations.

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20% of Nursing Homes Deliver Dangerous Care to Nursing Home Residents

The US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on nursing home care this week. During the hearing, a government official told lawmakers that 20% of US nursing home care is directly harmful to nursing home residents. This means that aside from nursing home abuse and neglect, some nursing home care techniques are directly harmful. Additionally, the hearing provided valuable information on possible federal plans to centralize information about non-compliant nursing homes and new suggestions for quality of care policies.

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Trial Court Grants $300,000 Verdict in Nursing Home Fall Death

A jury has granted a $300,000 verdict in a nursing home abuse and neglect case against the county that runs the nursing home. The victim, an elderly resident of the home, died in the nursing home after a fall. An error in the installation of a toilet seat and inadequate staffing caused the woman’s fall. The surviving family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit for the nursing home fall.

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lead to Amputation

A Hillcrest-West resident has had her leg amputated after extensive nursing home abuse and neglect. The resident’s leg initially suffered from deep pressure sores which worsened because of the nursing home resident’s malnutrition. Apparently, nursing home staff neglected some of her feedings and failed to administer proper foods to help the pressure sore heal. The treating physician in the case said that this pressure sore and nursing home abuse and neglect was one of the worst cases he had seen in practice. Proper wound care and appropriate nutrition are essential to healing pressure sores. Unfortunately, in this case the pressure sore went to the bone and nearly caused system-wide sepsis.

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Assisted Living Facility Rape; Both the Accused and the Victim are Residents of the Facility

A southern assisted living facility may now face a state investigation after the police arrested a 54 year old man who resides at the facility for nursing home attempted rape of 89 year old resident of the facility. Police records show 273 police calls from the facility over the last two years, resulting in 30 crime reports. This incident of nursing home abuse shows the dangers that fellow nursing home residents can pose each other. Often, nursing homes do not screen incoming residents for previous crimes and criminal backgrounds. Furthermore, this story shows that it is not always nursing home staff that are accused of nursing home abuse and neglect; residents are often the source of nursing home sexual abuse.

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Family Wins $6 Million Verdict for Morphine Overdose in Nursing Home

A family has won a $6 million verdict for the loss of their family member in a nursing home morphine overdose. The lawsuit was filed against Manor Care, the corporation that owns the nursing home, after the nursing home resident died. The lawsuit revealed that the resident was prescribed 15 milligrams of morphine per day and then received a subsequent prescription for 30 milligrams. However, the Manor Care nursing home continued to administer both prescriptions which lead to the nursing home resident’s death by acute morphine poisoning.

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Hampton Plaza Nursing Home Update: Nursing Home Fire in Niles, IL

The Hampton Plaza nursing home fire in Niles, IL that killed two nursing home residents and injured others continues to raise questions about for-profit nursing home facilities. The Hampton Plaza nursing home is a for-profit facility that contains 152 beds according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The home provides a variety of nursing home services and other medical services. Hampton Plaza does accept Medicare and Medicaid residents. Often, for-profit nursing home facilities lag behind their nonprofit and public competitors in safety, quality of care, and have increased incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect.

See the Department of Public Health site here.

Video of Niles Nursing Home Fire Victim Available Online

A local news affiliate has posted video of firefighters attempting to revive one of the victims of the Niles nursing home fire outside of Chicago last night that claimed two lives and critically injured other nursing home residents. The firefighters can be seen performing CPR on one of the victims. The Niles nursing home fire killed two residents who lived in the third floor room where the fire started in a closet. There is no word yet whether the families of the nursing home fire victims plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit or whether the injured nursing home residents will file a nursing home personal injury lawsuit for their nursing home injuries.

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Niles Nursing Home Fire Extra: Nursing Home Had Previous Fire Safety Deficiencies

The Niles, IL nursing home fire that claimed the lives of two residents and critically injured two other nursing home residents has unearthed more information on the nursing home’s safety record. The nursing home was inspected in 2007 for fire safety and three minor deficiencies were found at that time. All three were corrected before re-inspection in November. There is no report available about any 2008 inspections to the home for fire safety.

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Nursing Home Fire in Niles, IL Claims Two Lives

A nursing home fire has killed two residents in north suburban Niles. The nursing home residents were killed by the fire which started shortly after 11:00pm in a third floor room. According to early reports, it appears the two men may have died from smoke inhalation in the nursing home fire. Though the nursing home fire was contained to one room in the six story complex, residents from the floor and surrounding rooms had to be evacuated. The entire nursing home was not evacuated.

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Investor-Owned Nursing Homes Provide Worse Care Compared to Nonprofits or Public Homes

A recent study released in the American Journal of Public Health found that investor-owned nursing homes provide worse care and have higher instances of nursing home abuse and neglect compared to other home owners. Investor-owned facilities averaged 5.89 deficiencies per home, 46.5% higher than nonprofit facilities and 43.0% higher than public facilities. Additionally, nurse staffing was lower at investor-owned nursing homes. This study highlights the growing problem with the trend to invest in nursing homes simply to make a profit or to occupy land for future use. More and more nursing homes are run simply with the objective of making a profit and not delivering high quality resident care. Losing focus on resident care only causes greater occurrences of nursing home abuse and neglect.

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Underpaid Nursing Home Staff Has Double Dangers: Resident and Staff Abuse

Nursing home staff members are the front lines of long term care in the national nursing home system. However, nursing home staff members are often underpaid for their jobs and some nursing home staff members are not sufficiently trained to be safe and effective caregivers. A recent article shows a flip side to the nursing home industry’s low wages: underpaid nursing home staff often cause nursing home abuse and neglect. However, some nursing staff are abused and neglected in nursing homes. A recent survey exposed that nearly half of all nursing staff had experienced bullying on the job and 2/3 had been intimidated on the job. This other side raises serious concerns for nursing home resident care and should expose the dangers that nursing home owners and management create when they do not pay their staff members adequately.

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Levin & Perconti Files a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawsuit Against Care Center and Helia Healthcare

Levin & Perconti has filed a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit and wrongful death lawsuit against Care Center and Helia Healthcare for the death of a nursing home resident due to osteomyelitis. The resident developed osteomyelitis, which is a bacterial infection of the bones, while in the nursing home’s care because her pressure ulcers and nutrition were not properly supervised. Malnutrition and pressure sores are a dangerous combination: malnutrition impedes a person’s ability to heal when afflicted with a pressure ulcer. Worsening pressure ulcers can spread bacterial infections to the body like osteomyelitis in this case. In this case, the pressure ulcers eventually required surgical intervention. The decedent is survived by four daughters and three sons.

Levin & Perconti Files a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawsuit Against South Shore Nursing Home

Levin & Perconti has filed a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit and wrongful death lawsuit against South Shore Nursing Home for the death of a nursing home resident due to sepsis. The resident developed a sacral ulcer while in the nursing home’s care that was not properly treated and became septic. In addition to the nursing home failing to treat the septic sacral ulcer properly, the resident suffered from weight loss and malnutrition while at the nursing home. Malnutrition, dehydration and weight loss can seriously impede a person’s ability to heal when afflicted with a pressure ulcer and infection. Malnutrition also promotes the development of new sores. The nursing home also did not properly inform the family members of their mother’s care and status of her pressure sore and infection. The decedent is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters who were all continually involved with their mother’s care.

AFSCME Urges Illinois Governor to Raise Long Term Care Facility Wages

The AFSCME, a union that represents state, county, and municipal employees is taking on Springfield to seek a raise for Illinois disabled care workers. Currently, staff wages for Illinois disabled care facilities lag almost 2 dollars behind private employers, making it very difficult for state agencies to retain talented staff to care for the disabled. The pay increase would bring care workers’ hourly wages into line with the cost of living and would approach what private employers pay. In long term care for the disabled, proper wages and salaries are essential to ensure quality care. Often, underpaid and under-trained staff have a high turnover rate which causes resident care to suffer, leading to long term care facility resident abuse and neglect.

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Useful Publications: Analysis of State Adult Protective Services Laws

The National Center on Elder Abuse has put together a very useful set of charts and information about various state laws governing adult protective services. This resource is especially useful for attorneys who practice in nursing home abuse and neglect or handle other legal matters for nursing home residents who may need to consider state resources for clients who may lack capacity. This information is also helpful for families who may not have sufficient resources to take care of all of their elder's needs and need to seek assistance from the state. Additionally, some nursing home residents without active family members may come under state care if they are no longer able to participate in their care or are suffering from a condition that impairs their abilities sufficiently.

See the charts here.

Nursing Home Murder Suicide Raises Questions About Attention to Resident Mental Health

An elderly couple has died in a nursing home, apparently the result of a nursing home murder-suicide. The husband of the nursing home resident, who often spent time with his wife in the nursing home, apparently shot her in the head before killing himself. News reports indicate that there was a suicide note that both had signed. This incident raises serious questions about the ability of nursing home staff to diagnose mental disorders and depression in nursing home residents. Often, nursing home psychological and psychiatric staff are in short supply and many nurses and nursing aides may not be trained to detect signs of mental illness. It is important that family members stay active and involved with their loved ones’ mental health.

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Medical School Studies Possibility of Opening Elder Abuse Center

The Weill Cornell Medical School, part of Cornell University, has received a grant to study the feasibility of opening a center on elder abuse. The center, if established, will study ways to educate doctors on identifying and responding to signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. According to a professor, elder abuse and neglect and nursing home abuse and neglect can result in overwhelming feelings of fear, anger, isolation, depression and can even shorten life. Older Americans will soon increase exponentially, making programs that highlight nursing home abuse and neglect even more important for proper health care.

Read the press release here.

Attorney General Seeks Out Home Healthcare Staffing Problems and Medicare Fraud

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has joined the fight against fraud in home health care by exposing a large Medicare fraud led by a major home health care corporation. The corporation provides in-home nursing services. In-home nursing service abuse is a growing problem and is often harder to identify than nursing home abuse and neglect. In this case, the home health care corporation coordinated with corrupt health care aide training programs to certify prospective health care aides without ensuring that the prospective aides took required training courses. This incident raises questions about the quality and safety of in home nursing care and should give family members and home care customers pause for thought.

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What Does It Take for a Nursing Home to Lose Medicaid Funding? Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.

A nursing home in Canton, Ohio has lost its federal funding for having too many violations. According to inspectors, each time they went to the facility there was another problem. Unlike large corporate facilities, many smaller homes survive on Medicare and Medicaid to supplement what individual residents can pay to live in the home. This facility had a troubling list of violations including a patient not getting blood thinning medication until five days after the doctor prescribed it, a resident reported an instance of patient on patient rape and the doctor was not notified until 11 hours afterwards, a patient had severely matted and soiled hair resulting from his hair only being washed two or three times in six months at the facility, and old, used syringes lying around in patient rooms.

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Nursing Home Employee Arrested and Charged with Theft After Taking Prescription Drugs from Residents

A nursing home employee has been arrested and charged with theft of medications from nursing home residents. The employee apparently switched prescription pain relievers with over the counter pain relievers and then gave the wrong medication to the nursing home residents. This case shows another example of how medication mixing, giving the wrong medication, and prescription drug theft are more and more common in nursing homes. Family and patient advocates should be sure to check with their loved ones in nursing homes to make sure the resident feels like their medication is working and should also watch how medication is administered.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases its Action Plan for Nursing Home Improvement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its action plan for nursing home improvement. CMS is responsible for establishing standards for national nursing home care by developing the standards, inspecting homes, and collaborating with other organizations to help ensure standards are met. The CMS action plan lays out the 2008 goals and milestones for improving nursing home standards including plans on improving treatment and management of bedsores and pressure ulcers, ways to improve feeding by using dedicated feeding aides, and other means of improving nursing home care.

Read the full action plan here.

Support the Nursing Home Transparency Act in Congress Now: Call In and Speak Out

The National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR), in conjunction with the SEIU, has set up a toll free hotline to get people in touch with their Senators about the importance of S. 2641, the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2008. To call, dial 1-866-544-7573. After a brief message about the bill, you will be asked to press "1" to be connected to a Capitol operator. Ask for your senator's office. (Senators are listed in order by State on the Senate website, if you need to find their names.) According to NCCHNR, When the senator's office answers, identify yourself and say:

"Please ask Senator ______ to co-sponsor S. 2641, the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act. The bill is sponsored by Senators Grassley and Kohl. Nursing home residents and their families in Illinois are strongly supporting this bill."

The Act would improve publicly available resources and information about nursing homes, increase transparency of Medicare and Medicaid spending in nursing homes, shed light on nursing home ownership, and improve the consumer complaint process. See NCCHNR’s website for information on the Act and be sure to call.

See NCCNHR’s website here.

Medicare May Cut Nursing Home Payments to Trim Budget

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has threatened to cut its payments for nursing homes by 0.3%. Though the percentage seems small, the economic consequences in the nursing home industry will be much larger. This cut could usher in a total of $4.2 billion and has nursing home industry financiers attempting to figure out what these cuts could look like to nursing home profits for the next few years. Unfortunately, profit often seems the only priority for operators of large nursing home chains. All too often, profits are placed above patient and resident care and can lead to cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, and even nursing home resident deaths.

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Nursing Home Abuse Knows No Age: 20 Year Old Girl Dies in Nursing Home

A 20 year old girl with terminal kidney disease has died in a nursing home after crying for help for six hours. According to news reports, the nursing home staff ignored her cries for help for six hours before finding her dead. A nurse quoted in the news article said that the girl begged to see a doctor because something was really wrong. This is a sad case of nursing home neglect that shows how neglect can be deadly. Often, nursing home staff are so overtaxed with tasks and residents that they cannot or do not attend to all resident requests. Unfortunately, this means that many life or death calls can go unanswered. The girl’s family will likely file a wrongful death lawsuit for nursing home abuse and neglect to seek justice for their daughter’s sad and painful death.

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Levin & Perconti Files a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawsuit Against Summit Assisted Living Naperville North

Levin & Perconti have filed a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit against Summit Assisted Living Naperville North for the wrongful death of an 87-year old woman under the Illinois Assisted Living Act. The woman entered the Summit Assisted Living center in 2005 with a condition called Meniere’s disease which disrupts a person’s normal balance in the inner ear, making her more susceptible than a normal resident to falls and losing her balance. However, the assisted living facility did not accommodate for her disorder and she fell 7 times in a 5 month period, leading to a fractured hip, multiple lacerations, and injuries to her right knee and back. This is an assisted living wrongful death action because the woman’s injuries – her fractured hip, damaged knee, lacerations and back injuries – precipitated her death.

Levin & Perconti Founder and Senior Partner John Perconti Interviewed on ABC News about Rosewood Nursing Homes

Levin & Perconti Founder and Senior Partner John Perconti was interviewed Chicago’s ABC affiliate about the dangers of uninsured nursing homes. The report focused on Rosewood Nursing Homes, specifically the Rosewood Inverness nursing home where a resident died after falling while abandoned in a washroom for an extended period of time. According to Perconti, the nursing home has now taken a defensive position. This case highlights the dangers of uninsured nursing homes: when a nursing home is at fault for a resident’s nursing home abuse and neglect, the victim deserves just and reasonable compensation for their injuries. An uninsured nursing home can attempt to escape responsibility. In fact, some Rosewood Nursing Homes are insured by foreign corporations that do not follow US laws and are not subject to jurisdiction in US courts.

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