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NURSING HOME ABUSE:
GROWING NUMBERS ARE ALARMING

Nursing home abuse is becoming one of the greatest challenges that we must face. At one point or another nursing home abuse will probably affect all of us. Whether it may be a friend, family member, or even yourself, nursing home abuse is becoming far too prevalent in an industry that is supposed to care for our loved ones.


DIFFERENT TYPES OF NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
NURSING HOME REGULATIONS HISTORY

By asking questions and looking for signs at the facility you can better prevent unnecessary instances of nursing home abuse from occurring:

  • Is the home and the current administrator licensed?
  • Does the home conduct background checks on all staff?
  • Does the home have special services units?
  • Is there nursing home abuse prevention training?

Nursing Home Abuse Definitions Include:

Involuntary seclusion
Mental/ psychological abuse
Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Verbal abuse

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, please contact us to learn your legal rights.

In 1965 Medicare and Medicaid came into existence and along with it came federal nursing home regulation. Nursing homes that qualify and voluntarily elect Medicare and Medicaid to their facility must follow a set of guidelines put forth by federal standards. The Health Care Finance Administration that is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services enforces these nursing home regulations. Congress authorized the first set of standards that were to be met by nursing facilities in 1967 and created classifications for the Skilled Nursing Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities. Both in 1980 and again in 1987 these standards were updated with the most current standards imposed under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987.

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The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990

NURSING HOME ABUSE NEWS
A LITIGATORS VIEW TO NURSING HOME EVALUATION

Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse Cannot be Used
November 3 , 2008

The Villa Valencia, a nursing home based in Laguna Hills, California, is facing its second abuse lawsuit within three years following the death of Theresa Sperry, a 91-year old woman who suffered from Alzheimer's and painful pressure ulcers on her feet.

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Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse Cannot be Used
October 20 , 2008

Recently, a Wisconsin court has ruled that rights to privacy will prevent hard evidence of non-consensual sex between a comatose nursing home patient and her husband from being presented in court.

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Evaluating Nursing Homes

The purpose of this paper is to give you tips on what you should advise your clients to consider when they are evaluating a nursing home, assisted living facility or other type of residential care for their loved ones. By following the guidelines set out herein, your client will be able to make an informed decision about this most important choice which profoundly affects the quality of their loved one's life.
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How to Pursue a Nursing Home Abuse Case

Personal injury claims against nursing homes over the years have been greatly undervalued by attorneys. The abuse and neglect may be clear, but most attorneys do not recognize the extent of damages. It is very important to be selective in these cases because liability may be present, but the extent of damages may be limited. In most cases there will not be a claim for lost income, and the resident has a limited life expectancy, as well as numerous health problems prior to being placed in the nursing home.
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