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Chrissie Cole

Serious Nursing Home Violations Increase by 22 Percent

Serious conditions and citations at U.S. nursing homes rose by 22 percent from 2000 to 2006, according to analysis by USA Today.”It’s not that the quality of care has gone down but we are being more rigorous in our enforcement,” Jeffrey Hammond of the New York health department told USA Today. The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, who regulates nursing home, shows citations for…

Chrissie Cole

Prescription Abuse in U.S. Nursing Homes on the Rise

New York is increasing its focus on antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes, training inspectors to spot signs of medication abuse.Medicaid spends more money on antipsychotic drugs than any other medication – including – antibiotics and high blood pressure medication. The reason – nursing homes across the United States are giving antipsychotic drugs to quiet patients who suffer symptoms of…

Chrissie Cole

Nursing Home Aide Sent to Prison for Stealing from Patient

A former Waters of Orchard nursing home aide has been sentenced to the next 16 months to four years in prison for stealing $8,000 from a 97-year-old nursing home patient.The aide, 22, a former drug addict, of Buffalo, pled guilty in May to fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree attempted forgery for stealing $8,000 from a patient. She was fired from her job.Friday, the State Supreme Court…

Jeremy Thurman

Falls among elderly on the rise

I just saw an article by the Washington Times where it talks about people over the age of 65 being prevelent to falls. (The following is a link: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20061117-120350-9392r.htmInteresting when you read the article then you start looking at hospitals and nursing homes not having or not following fall precautions for the elderly. Obviously this is happening,…

Jeremy Thurman

Abuse Percentages

According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection. ( Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America. 2003. Washington, DC: National Research Council Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and…