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Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Seldom Report Abuse

Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Seldom Report Abuse

Nursing homes have been under increasing scrutiny over the last few years. With several high-profile cases of sexual abuse and deadly neglect making prominent news headlines, nursing home facilities still often remain under the radar for government investigations.
One of the biggest problems...

NJ Charges Four in Separate Patient Thefts

NJ Charges Four in Separate Patient Thefts

Elders who are convalescing in nursing homes or who require home care have lots on their minds. It is certainly a stressful time for many. One thing they should never have to worry about is theft. Unfortunately, elderly and bed ridden patients are a prime target of thieves.
In this post we...

Nurse Charged with Neglect Death of Patient

Nurse Charged with Neglect Death of Patient

(Reader discretion advised) A 30-year-old nurse has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, tampering and neglect of a care dependent person by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The charges stem from the horrific death of an 84-year-old nursing home patient in Upper Roxborough,...

Choking Deaths – 4th Leading Cause of Nursing Home Deaths

Choking Deaths – 4th Leading Cause of Nursing Home Deaths

Choking deaths are the fourth leading cause of deaths in nursing homes. They are also preventable. Why do so many nursing home residents die of choking deaths then? The answer is shockingly simple. The quality of care in many of America’s skilled nursing facilities is at an all-time low and...

The Zombie Shuffle is Real! Nursing Homes & Antipsychotic Drugs

The Zombie Shuffle is Real! Nursing Homes & Antipsychotic Drugs

Many of America’s nursing homes are understaffed. Often these facilities are for profit institutions. In a drive to maximize profits, staffing levels are cut to the bone. Those that suffer, of course, are the patients. And dementia patients suffer most of all. These patients require more...



Patient Suffers Brain Injury from Hospital Fall

Patient Suffers Brain Injury from Hospital Fall

On September 27, 2016, Ollie Jo Edmondson’s life abruptly changed forever. Neither she nor her family could have imagined that a simple visit to the hospital for a non-life-threatening illness would take such a drastic turn.
Our story begins on September 26th. On that day, Ms. Edmondson...


Can a Lawyer Write Himself into a Will?

Can a Lawyer Write Himself into a Will?

Can a lawyer write himself into a loved one’s will? That is the question being asked in Michigan by the heirs of Bobby Mardigan, the Michigan State Bar and the state’s Attorney Grievance Commission.
At the center of the controversy is attorney Mark Papazian. Heirs of the late Mr....