Four families of nursing home residents mounted a federal class-action lawsuit last week against Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and its facilities for elder financial abuse, fraud and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The company is accused of prioritizing profits over care for elders with physical disabilities and dementia. The families filing the lawsuit have […]
Choosing to put a loved one into a care facility, whether that be an around-the-clock nursing home or a semi-independent assisted living facility, is a difficult and emotional process. For some it may be a relief that an aging loved one will receive the care that they need. Leaving them in the care of strangers at […]
An Oregon study of elder abuse finds most abuse is financial and involves family or a caregiver; many of the elderly victims lived alone.
Under-staffed, unregulated assisted living facilities have been caught using dangerous processes to keep residents from going to nursing homes
The New York Times has spotlighted an interesting movement in long-term care: The Green House concept, which aims to reinvent the traditional nursing home care model in a smaller, more personalized, home-like setting. According to the AARP, in the Green House model each of the 10 to 12 residents has a private bathroom and bedroom […]
Hospice care is intended to be palliative, handling the pain management of a patient’s chronic illnesses and addressing the end-of-life issues that are inherent with incurable conditions and diseases. Bloomberg News has a fascinating and troubling article on hospice facilities that are neglecting elderly patients, illustrated by the story of a 91-year-old California resident who […]
A majority of reported sexual abuse cases at Oregon long-term care facilities are resulting in no arrests or prosecutions, according to a pair of disturbing stories in the Sunday Oregonian. The newspaper’s investigation also found the state often fails to properly investigate incidents of alleged abuse by not interviewing witnesses or not testing key evidence. […]
Protective service agencies across the country are ill-equipped to handle a growing number of elder abuse cases, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Elder abuse is a general term used to describe certain types of harm against older adults. Not all elder abuse is physical. Older people can be exploited […]