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$1 mm for Dementia Patient Dead After Walking Away from Hospital

$1 mm for Dementia Patient Dead After Walking Away from Hospital

Three days after Christmas in 2017, Vance Perry was admitted to the V.A. Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Perry suffered from mental health issues which caused confusion, disorientation, severe memory problems and other cognitive difficulties. The VA, like private nursing homes, should have done a...

Failure to Warn of Power Outage Leads to Senior Death

Failure to Warn of Power Outage Leads to Senior Death

I live in remote Texas. It takes 11 miles of power lines to reach my ranch. Anytime there is a thunderstorm, there is a good chance we are going to lose power for hours or days. That is the cost of living in “God’s country.” Nursing homes and hospitals can’t take that...

How Much is a Bedsore Lawsuit Case Worth?

How Much is a Bedsore Lawsuit Case Worth?

Bedsores are preventable. There is never an excuse for a nursing home resident to suffer from bedsores. Yet it happens daily and all across the United States. In fact, the numbers may shock you.
Bedsore injuries can take months to heal, involve tremendous (and needless) pain and suffering and...

How Reliable Are Nursing Home Ratings?

How Reliable Are Nursing Home Ratings?

Choosing the Right Nursing Home [Ed. Note: We first wrote about the New York Times investigation on nursing home ratings on March 26th. You can find that post here. Since then, we have heard from several readers seeking more information and wanting to know what they should do when trying to find...

Study Reveals Nursing Homes Were Short Staffed Even Before the Pandemic

Study Reveals Nursing Homes Were Short Staffed Even Before the Pandemic

The pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe, but few populations suffered as much as nursing home residents – and staff members. In the past year, over 174,000 nursing home residents and employees succumbed to COVID-19. While only 1 percent of Americans live in nursing homes, they account for...

U.S. Nursing Home Ratings Misled the Public 

U.S. Nursing Home Ratings Misled the Public 

[See important updates below!] COVID-19 swept through nursing homes, leaving a terrible wake in its path. At least 130,000 U.S. nursing home residents and workers died from the disease. U.S. nursing homes are rated on a star scale from 1 to 5, with five indicating the highest quality.
Those...

130,000 Nursing Home Patients Died of COVID While CEOs Got Rich

130,000 Nursing Home Patients Died of COVID While CEOs Got Rich

Want to know the real reason so many nursing home patients died from the coronavirus pandemic? Greed.
Nursing home administrators blame a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and staff. That may be true for some nursing homes but when one looks behind the curtain, the real culprit is...

Prep Act Immunity – Nursing Home Residents Beware

Prep Act Immunity – Nursing Home Residents Beware

We are okay with concept of providing some limited immunities to ensure the widespread distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Congress and the public want to see our economy and lives get back to normal as quickly as possible. While the concept of limited immunity in limited circumstances might be...

Patient Health Alert – Kindred Hospital Brea

Patient Health Alert – Kindred Hospital Brea

Beginning in September 2019, we sounded the alarm over a deadly outbreak of a new virus named Candida Auris. It is a fungal infection that is one of the most virulent and deadly in the world. The first U.S. case was in 2015. Since then there have been several deadly outbreaks in New Jersey, New...

Skyrocketing Nursing Home Deaths in the Shadow of COVID

Skyrocketing Nursing Home Deaths in the Shadow of COVID

On March 9th, prior to when most lockdowns began, 129 people affiliated with the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington were infected with coronavirus. 81 of those folks were residents. Ultimately, dozens would die.
Unofficial tallies show that 101 veterans perished at the Menlo Park...