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Three days after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills still didn’t have air conditioning, and it ultimately became the grimmest tragedy in a state already full of them. Eight people died and 145 patients had to be moved out of the stifling-hot facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs.
More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, according to a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.
Court records show the man authorities say gunned down an Ohio village police chief and two nursing home employees had a history of violence, including against the nurse who was among the slain.
The police chief of an Ohio village and two nursing home employees were killed Friday by a gunman who was later found dead inside the care facility, a sheriff said.
The owner of a suburban St. Louis nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued after food ran out and trash piled up has admitted to stealing about $665,000 from Medicaid and spending some of it on strippers.
The Obama administration is issuing new nursing home standards that reverse a longstanding industry practice and preserve the rights of patients to sue in cases of abuse or neglect.
A gunman shot three people outside a Cheyenne nursing home Wednesday morning before killing himself as police closed in on him, police said.
BOISE – The Idaho agency responsible for investigating complaints against hospitals and nursing homes has a backlog of 135 cases. “We’re barely avoiding financial penalties for our ability to meet all federal performance standards,” Tamara Prisock, administrator of the Division of Licensing and Certification for the state Department of Health and Welfare, told legislative budget writers Tuesday. The agency is plagued by heavy turnover due to stress and an unmanageable workload, she said.
Vera Gunnarson sat in her Seattle-area home recently, pouring through a neat file of long-term-care insurance papers. The oldest was signed in 1994, when Gunnarson was 61. “I probably should have done more research,” the Seattle woman said. “I wonder if we really understood what we were doing.”
Government inspectors told lawmakers Wednesday that Medicare officials need to do more to stop doctors from prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an unapproved practice that has flourished despite repeated government warnings. So-called antipsychotic drugs are designed to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they’re also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to pacify aggressive behavior related to dementia.
The investigators who rescued a 105-year-old woman in late May from a squalid Kettle Falls home are now looking into whether the woman’s care provider was also improperly using her money.
A newly organized nonprofit group is trying to reopen a Fairfield nursing home closed in June by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Fairfield Care President Carl Felgenhauer said Good Samaritan, after failing to sell the facility, agreed to give his group a quitclaim deed to the property he said is important to the town’s economy.
Jim Sinnott survived Pearl Harbor, joined his nation in picking up the pieces of that shattered day and helped his generation forge a more secure world for the next. Japanese dive bombers couldn’t stop the Navy radioman in 1941, but Parkinson’s disease is catching up with him nearly 69 years later.
For the second time this year, the state has ordered a Spokane retirement and assisted-living facility to stop placing new residents until it corrects several violations, including failure to report the alleged abuse of a patient. When a resident of Cooper George Senior Living, 707 W. Fifth Ave., told a caregiver that she had been fondled by another employee of the facility, the caregiver failed to report it, according to a report by Washington’s Aging and Disability Services Administration.
For the second time this year, the state has ordered a Spokane retirement and assisted-living facility to stop placing new residents until it corrects several violations, including failure to report the alleged abuse of a patient.
A lawsuit filed this summer in King County against Extendicare Homes Inc. has been moved to federal court with new allegations of illegal activity by the company. Extendicare operates 16 nursing homes in Washington, including one in Spokane that has the county’s worst record of care.
Work started last month on a 20-bed expansion of the nonprofit St. Joseph Care Center, a nursing home on the Sacred Heart Medical Center campus. The Providence Transitional Care Unit will offer private rooms and a gym designed for patients who need cardiac or orthopedic rehabilitation.