Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nursing home fire in Stoughton MA. under investigation

The Stoughton Fire Department is investigating what sparked the small fire recently at The Copley at Stoughton Nursing Care Center located on Sumner Street. No one was hurt and none of the 116 residents were evacuated.
According to Stoughton Fire Captain Jim Bertram they responded to a report of a brush fire a half mile from the nursing home. “You could see a live wire on the telephone poll that arced with other wires,” Bertram said. “That energized the other wires and back-fed into the wire connected to the call box at the nursing home,” he said. A jolt of electricity from that wire caused the fire, he said.
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Nursing Home employee fired for forging check of Elder Resident

An employee of Talahi Nursing & Rehab Center was fired for forging a check of a resident at the St. Cloud facility on University Drive Southeast.

The Nursing Home staffer used a blank check and the resident's rubber signature stamp to endorse the check for $300, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Nursing home employee fired for check forgery

Florida: proposed nursing home bill bad for Seniors

The  nursing home proposal now before the Florida Legislature 'may soon become the state's most epic failure for elderly nursing home residents."

"Here are five facts about the sweetheart deal that's designed to rob residents of their rights" according to an article today by Brian Lee. Guest column: 5 reasons to defeat nursing home bill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

nursing home death highlights bigger issues

 "When the heart and lungs of Resident 11 stopped working, no one at the nursing home Dexter Health Care attempted revival with CPR."
State and federal regulations, however, say CPR should have been attempted. The death led to the largest state fine against a nursing home in Maine in 2013.Across the nation, there have been dozens of cases recently documented in which nursing home staff failed to give CPR to those who needed and wanted it.This time it happened in Maine, even though the state statistically performs better than most others.“Its a serious problem,” said Toby Edelman, senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a national organization based in Willimantic, Conn.Dexter nursing home death highlights bigger issues | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nursing Home workers charged with Neglect of Amputee

The New York state attorney general has filed criminal charges against 10 nursing home employees of Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an investigation which relied on a hidden camera in a patient’s room. The victim was a paralyzed double amputee.

The victim’s son brought the matter to the Attorney General.
The charges claim a pattern of "pervasive neglect”, including failing to dispense required medications.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elderly woman found with pillows across the face in nursing home

 "A WOMAN was discovered dead with pillows covering her head and face in a Sidcup nursing home, an inquest heard today. Irene Schoepff, 82, was found on the morning of of March 5, 2012, with one pillow on her face and another on top of her head.
Staff at Sidcup Nursing Home in Hatherley Road told South London Coroners' Court they do not know how the pillows ended up in that position.
PC Arif Cuneyt attended the scene shortly after she was discovered.
He said: "I was suspicious when I saw the position of the pillows."Elderly woman found with pillows across the face in Sidcup nursing home (From News Shopper):