Are Nursing Homes Liable for Falls?

Are Nursing Homes Liable for Falls?

September 27,2021

If you’re wondering are nursing homes liable for falls, the answer is typically yes. When a resident slips, trips or falls in a nursing home, the home is liable under the legal theory of premises liability. In addition, a nursing home can also be liable under the medical negligence theory if a resident falls and suffers serious injury. There are several ways that a nursing home can be negligent when it comes to preventi...

Nursing Home Residents Given Inappropriate Drugs

November 27,2017

Nursing home medication errors can occur at any time. A medication error is defined as any preventable, drug-related mistake occurring from the moment a prescription is written to when the patient ingests it. Medication errors can arise while prescribing, filling, recording, storing, and administering a medicine. Medication errors occur more often in nursing homes, because almost all patients in the facility receive some f...

One in Four Nursing Home Abuse Allegations Goes Unreported

November 07,2017

More than 25 percent of sexual and physical abuse allegations by seniors about their caregivers are apparently going unreported to police, according to a government audit, which accuses Medicare of failing to enforce a federal law that requires immediate notification of these crimes. The Health and Human Services inspector general's (IG) office issued an "early alert" in August 2017 based on preliminary findings from ca...

Elder Exploitation: Financial Abuse is Still Abuse

August 14,2017

The word “abuse” encompasses a wide range of behaviors. Probably the most commonly thought of scenario involves physical violence or verbal aggression. It brings to mind terrible news stories of “child abuse” or “sexual abuse.” It may even conjure up thoughts of neglect, which is often closely linked with caring for children, senior citizens, or pets. What's not usually in the forefront is financial abuse, yet ...

March 3: A Day for Appreciating Caregivers

March 02,2017

As we head into spring, it’s easy to focus on better weather, more hours of daylight, and the general awakening of the earth from its winter hibernation. Unfortunately, that optimism is in short supply for the millions of sick, disabled, and elderly Americans in need of care – and for the caregivers themselves. Being a caregiver is difficult and often thankless. Yet, the role is so critical to our society that many di...

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