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New York puts more hidden cameras in nursing homes

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that more hidden cameras will be in stalled in the rooms of some nursing home patients in western New York in an effort to curtail abuse and neglect, according to the Buffalo (New York) News. Earlier this month we told you how hidden surveillance cameras installed at Medford Multicare Center for Living in Suffolk, New York gave the attorney general’s office evidence enough to charge at least four nursing home employees with criminal neglect. New York leads the nation in using hidden video surveillance to investigate whether there is abuse in its nursing ... Read More

Mid-air emergency in Australia leaves passengers with personal injuries

In Australia on October 10, a plane that encountered a mid-air emergency resulted in injuries to 50 passengers. This mid-air emergency could cause Qantas to spend millions of dollars to compensate passengers. According to the Australian News, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau reported that “data obtained from the A330-300’s recorder and cockpit voice recorder showed the jet had been cruising at 37,000ft before it suddenly climbed about 200ft, then pitched nose-down to descend about 650ft in 20 seconds.  The plane then returned to cruise normally before descending 400ft in another nose-down pitch, which lasted a further 16 seconds.” When the ... Read More

Second Wind makes seniors’ dreams come true

Catherine accomplished many goals in her 99 years. She was an elder in the United Methodist Church where she taught and mentored countless young people. She had history of leadership, stemming from 1927, when she was one of the first four women to attend a certificate class at Emory University. But as Catherine moved into her sunset years at the Lutheran Towers facility in Georgia, she had one regret she just couldn’t shake. She always wanted to graduate from Emory. National nonprofit organization Second Wind Dreams got word of Catherine’s desire, dressed her in a cap and gown, and presented ... Read More

Washington agencies accused of not investigating abuse claims

A Washington state watchdog group has identified serious problems in the way its state agencies investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of elderly or disabled adults, according to Seattle (Washington) P-I. Disability Rights Washington (DRW), a nonprofit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities, reported numerous examples where the three state agencies charged with investigating reports of abuse and neglect failed to protect frail adults. For example, clearing a nursing home of abuse allegations against a 93-year-old resident with suspicious injuries without reviewing photographs or talking to witnesses. The three agencies cited in the report include Adult Protective ... Read More

Nursing home investigation impacts coroner race

Last month I told you the story of two nurses at Woodstock Residence in Woodstock, Ill., who were charged with criminal neglect and obstructing justice as a result into investigations into murders at the nursing home. Marty Himebaugh allegedly administered drugs such as morphine to calm restless patients and gave overdoses to others she deemed had lived long enough. Complaints made to her supervisor Penny Whitlock were dismissed. It appears the impact of this case is being felt in the McHenry County coroner’s race, according to the Daily Herald. Democratic challenger David Bachmann claims his five-term Republican opponent Marlene Lantz ... Read More

Do your research when considering options in long term care

No one sets out to live in a nursing home. But when a family member declines to a point that living on his own is simply impossible, alternatives must be weighed. For family members of these aging individuals making long term care decisions can be overwhelming. Five years ago my sister and I found ourselves in a similar situation. Our mother, who was an only child, had passed away years earlier. Her parents – our grandparents – lived more than 2,000 miles away. Their health was rapidly declining. My grandmother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease just ... Read More

Agencies team up to prevent elder abuse

Concerned at the 71 percent increase in elder abuse cases in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, over the past five years, city officials decided to pool resources and fight back. Earlier this month Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn, Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone and Elders Affairs Secretary Mike Festa announced an initiative to prevent elder abuse, according to the Boston Globe. The LEAPS (Leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention) initiative will bring together agencies, community organizations, and health care providers responsible for the care of senior citizens in an effort to better identify seniors who may be suffering from abuse or living in ... Read More

California police investigate elder abuse at assisted living facility

Rita Kittower had no choice but to put her husband of nearly 50 years into an assisted living facility after he suffered a major stroke that diminished his memory and left him unable to care for himself. Mrs. Kittower paid $75,000 a year to the upscale Silverado Senior Living facility in Calabasas, Calif., to provide her husband Elmore with the best possible care, according to the Los Angeles Times. When he died, staff told her Mr. Kittower died peacefully in his sleep. But when Mrs. Kittower received a call the day after burying her husband from an employee at Silverado, ... Read More

men compensated for injuries in 18-wheeler accident

In Waxahachie, Texas, Ellis County Jury has granted two men $1.5 million dollars in compensation for injuries they received in an 18-wheeler accident two years ago. An 18-wheeler veered in the lane of Ronny Martinez and Kenneth O’Neal. When the 18-wheeler collided with the men’s car, the car rolled several times, causing Martinez to suffer from a fractured vertebra and O’Neal to suffer knee problems, resulting in several reconstruction surgeries. That was not all for O’Neal. He also experienced brain trauma and an injury to his collarbone. Martinez and O’Neal filed a personal injury lawsuit against Indianapolis, Indiana-based Celadon Trucking ... Read More

student sues for freeze-tag injuries

In West Amwell, New Jersey, an alumnus of South Hunterdon Regional High School has sued the Board of Education due to an injury the student received two years ago in a game of freeze tag. On July 10 of this year, Alexandria Nalborne filed a personal injury lawsuit at the Hunterdon County State Superior Court in Flemington according to The Packett. The suit states that Nalborne received “severe bodily injuries” as a game of freeze tag resulted in another student shoving Nalborne into a lawn mower. The Packett reports Board of Education President, Bob Campell, was aware a student was harmed, but ... Read More