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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....


Nursing Home Rapist Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Nursing Home Rapist Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

When nursing home residents show signs of dementia, they become easy targets for predators. After all, who will believe them if they complain? Fortunately, in the case of 58-year-old nursing home aide Luis Gomez, the truth, nevertheless, came out, and he is now going to prison for 23 years, for...