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Why Was This Nursing Home Sued for $30 Million?

A Tennessee nursing home was ordered to pay $28 million in punitive damages following the death of a patient who was malnourished, dehydrated and developed pressure sores on her foot that went to the bone. The sores became infected with bed bugs and the insects’ fecal matter. The patient’s leg was amputated to prevent the spread of the infection, but she still died two months later. After the incident, the facility tried to hide how understaffed it was. Months after the patient’s death, the staff continued to document providing care to her. Is Nursing Home Abuse Common? According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in every 10 elderly U.S. citizens have experienced some form of elderly abuse, which can include: Physical abuse Sexual abuse Emotional or verbal abuse Financial exploitation Confinement Willful deprivation Neglect Almost 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will spend time in…
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Is Stealing Money a Form of Nursing Home Abuse?

When you think of nursing home abuse, physical abuse is usually the first thing to come to mind. However, many are unaware that stealing money is a form of elderly abuse and can happen to a loved one who is in a nursing home. Earlier this month, three women were arrested for theft, fraud and stealing money from an elderly woman in a Nashville nursing home. The victim, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and her husband, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, both trusted their care to the nursing home they resided in. A nursing home employee took advantage of that trust when she stole the couple’s shared checkbook, the woman’s ID and her Social Security card. The nursing home employee and her two sisters cashed more than $10,000 in checks. The worst part is, according to the executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging, this type of…
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Has the Office of Health Care Facilities Turned Its Back on Nursing Home Patients?

We rely on nursing homes to take care of our loved ones and provide them with the care necessary to keep them happy and as healthy as possible. We also trust the Tennessee Office of Health Care Facilities to monitor and regulate nursing homes in order to make sure nursing home patients are receiving the highest standard of care. Unfortunately, the office is not doing their job and is putting our loved ones directly in danger for neglect or abuse. The State Comptroller’s Office is investigating the Office of Health Care Facilities (HCF), which is responsible for ensuring quality of care in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical treatment facilities. The investigation so far has found the HCF is not conducting complaint investigations or standard surveys for Tennessee nursing homes within reasonable or required time constraints. Tennessee Office of Health Care Facilities Dangerously Behind on Inspections and Response Time A total…
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