1. Investigation Finds Serious Nursing Home Abuse is Underreported

    More than one out of four cases of serious nursing home abuse is not reported to police, despite federal and state laws that mandate law enforcement be immediately contacted about these cases. The alarming revelation was reported in a preliminary alert on Aug. 24 by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health and Human Services. The OIG’s alert is based on early findings …Read More

  2. Bedsores Caused by Nursing Home Neglect

    Bedsores are painful pressure ulcers that form on the body during prolonged periods of inactivity and may result in painful medical complications if left untreated. Nursing home residents who are left in an immobile state often suffer bedsores. Approximately one out of ten residents in nursing homes suffers from bedsores, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the Edwards …Read More

  3. Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

    It is never easy to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. But when your loved one is struggling with dementia and can no longer care for himself or herself, you may need to take action. Unfortunately, nursing home residents suffering from dementia are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. For this reason, you should understand the type of care your loved one needs to meet his…Read More

  4. What You Need to Know about Financial Abuse in Nursing Homes

    Elder abuse is typically thought of as physical or mental abuse. However, many elderly people and residents of nursing homes are often subjected to financial abuse as well. Nursing home abuse in Oklahoma is unfortunately very common and victims are often afraid or unable to report the situation. If you suspect your loved one has been financially abused in a nursing home, contact the Edwards Law F…Read More

  5. The Rights of Nursing Home Residents

    There are several federal laws that offer crucial protection to elderly citizens, including those residing in nursing homes. These laws create certain standards to ensure residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation. If someone you love is residing in a nursing home, it is important that you understand the rights he or she is guaranteed, a…Read More

  6. Investigation Uncovers Rampant Sexual Abuse in U.S. Nursing Homes

    A recent investigation by CNN discovered that instances of sexual abuse committed against residents of nursing homes are much higher than most realize. According to the Administration for Community Living, more than 16,000 sexual abuse allegations involving U.S. nursing home and assisted living residents have been made since 2000. These claims are only those that involved long-term care ombudsmen …Read More

  7. Owner of Oklahoma Assisted Living Facility Faces 17 Counts of Abuse

    The owner of an Oklahoma assisted living center has been arrested for 17 counts of caretaker abuse. Police were first alerted to allegations of abuse committed by the owner of Branding Brook, an assisted living center outside of Vinitia, OK, when a 911 call stated that the she began a physical altercation with a resident and bit her on the nose. After the caregiver’s arrest, Branding Brook’s 1…Read More

  8. Who Can Be Held Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?

    Four million elderly individuals are estimated to have suffered from physical and psychological abuse or neglect every year in the U.S., many instances occurring in nursing homes. Finding definitively proving responsibility in a nursing home abuse claim can be difficult to determine. Finding the staff of a nursing home or long-term care facility liable for abusive acts can involve several factors …Read More

  9. Forced Arbitration No Longer Permitted in Federally-Funded Nursing Homes

    Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule that prohibits nursing homes that receive federal funding from using forced arbitration agreements for dispute resolution. These agreements allow nursing homes to avoid lawsuits by forcing residents to resolve complaints of abuse or neglect in private, in proceedings that often favor the nursing home. While arbitrat…Read More

  10. Falls Are the Leading Cause of Injury, Death Among Seniors, CDC Says

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one cause of death and injury for older adults. The CDC reports that one elderly adult falls down every second. The CDC recently released data for 2014 that indicated there were 29 million falls resulting in seven million injuries in the U.S. Approximately 27,000 older adults die because of falls or complicat…Read More

  11. Study Shows Prevalence of Resident-on-Resident Abuse in Nursing Homes

    According to a recent study, nursing home resident-on-resident abuse occurs at a much higher rate than anticipated, with approximately one in five residents experiencing some form of abuse from another resident. For one month, researchers tracked mistreatment in a total of 10 urban and suburban nursing home facilities in New York. They conducted interviews with staff, residents and family members;…Read More

  12. Are Surveillance Cameras the Future of Nursing Home Care?

    On November 1, 2013, Oklahoma passed a law that would permit the use of surveillance cameras in nursing home facilities. The reason was simple residents loved ones want the ability to keep an eye on the patient for their own safety, many suspecting that nursing home abuse had already taken place. Oklahoma was the third state to pass such a law; now, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is prop…Read More

  13. 5 Traits of a Substandard Nursing Home

    Finding the right nursing home for your loved one is incredibly important, especially as statistics indicate that one in three elders are abused at these homes. Common problems at substandard nursing homes include inadequate medical care, malnutrition, preventable accidents and untreated bedsores. It can be difficult to determine how well a nursing home operates behind the scenes when you're scopi…Read More

  14. Thieves Targeting the Elderly at Nursing Homes

    Nursing-home residents across the United States are being robbed by people they know including nursing home bookkeepers, office managers, and people who are managing their expenses and trust funds. The USA Today has recently conducted an investigation regarding thefts that occur from nursing homes. The investigation concluded that over 100 cases have been documented since 2010, which is mainly due…Read More