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Nursing home aides need training to handle dementia patient aggression

The 87-year-old nursing home resident likely meant no harm. He suffers from dementia and wouldn’t give a belt used to assist residents with walking back to certified nursing assistant Sharoia D. Hill. But Hill became frustrated with his aggressive behavior. She decided to remedy the situation by hitting the frail man with a closed fist. Now the 28-year-old nursing aide faces up to five years in prison on a Class 3 felony charge, according to The News-Gazette. The elderly nursing home resident lives in an Alzheimer’s unit at Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, Illinois. The nurse who is accused ... Read More

Nursing home manager faces claims of abuse, neglect

A former manager at a Cambridgeshire, England nursing home says he is the victim of sabotage by disgruntled staff members who didn’t agree with his measures to improve the facility’s poor standards. But the claims made against him are mounting, according to the Cambridge News. One report says that John Mitchell-Whiteford, the former manager at the Drey House Nursing Home in St. Neots, left a fallen resident on the floor for an hour and a half, stepping over her at one point while she lay there. He reportedly shouted at the resident and took a walking stick away from her ... Read More

Wandering injuries, deaths a big concern for those with dementia

Wandering is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive disorders. According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 60 percent of those with the condition wander at some point and up to 70 percent of those who wander will do so again. More than 127,000 critical wandering incidents are reported each year. If not found within the first 24 hours, up to half of all persons with dementia who wander will become seriously injured or die, according to research obtained by the Alzheimer’s Association. Caregivers of individuals who suffer from dementia and live at home should take precautionary ... Read More

Nursing home resident dies after fall down steps

Early Sunday morning an 86-year-old resident of Kruse Village retirement home in Brenham, Texas, pushed the wheelchair he was riding in out of the sight of nursing home staff and through a security door to a short flight of steps. That’s when police believe he accidentally rolled down the stairs and sustained serious injuries that killed him. While police strongly believe the death was an accident, because he died of unnatural causes they are investigating how and why the accident occurred. According to the investigation, only 20 minutes passed since a nursing home staff member saw the victim and the ... Read More

Rape victim’s family wants nursing home shut down

The family of a woman who was sexually assaulted at an Indiana nursing home wants the home shut down for not taking measures to prevent the rape of their daughter by a fellow resident, according to WHAS-TV. The daughter of Millie Slatten, who has cerebral palsy, was a resident at Hillcrest Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Jeffersonville. Her condition left her unable to walk or talk. According to a probable cause affidavit, a staff member reported seeing a male patient sitting at the end of Slatten’s daughter’s bed with his pants down and his shirt off. The victim’s undergarments ... Read More

Lawmakers question veterans home officials about schedules, salaries

Iowa state lawmakers put officials from the Iowa Veterans Home on the hot seat last week about a decision made by the home to switch doctors to an on-call system for nights, weekends and holidays, resulting in a generous boost for the center’s four doctors, according to the Des Moines Register. Medical Director Dr. Melissa Bruhl said she recommended the change to the home’s administrator Dan Steen because she was having a difficult time finding relief for the 24-hour coverage. As a result, the arrangement increased Bruhl’s salary from $244,000 per year to about $319,000. The nursing home’s human resources director ... Read More

Tennessee nursing home cited, residents in immediate jeopardy

The news took the staff at Quality Care Health Center in Lebanon, Tennessee by surprise. The Tennessee Department of Health issued a ban on new admissions, claiming those at the home are in immediate jeopardy, according to News Channel 5. The announcement was spurred by a recent state and Federal Center for Medicare-Medicaid Services inspection that found the center in violation of physician services, nursing services and medical records. The inspection also raised questions about several patients whose weight had dropped dramatically. A spokesperson for the home says weight fluctuation among the elderly is not uncommon and oftentimes is unavoidable. ... Read More

CA long-term care facilities suffer from cuts to ombudsman program

California nursing homes are taking advantage of last year’s cuts to the state’s ombudsman program and slacking off on responsibilities to their patients, according to Ombudsman Services of Northern California. The organization lost two-thirds of its staff when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed $3.8 million in funding for long-term care ombudsman programs last year, according to News 10. Ombudsmen provide a valuable service to the elderly. Not only do they serve as advocates to nursing home residents, they also investigate and resolve complaints and make unannounced visits to nursing homes to ensure residents’ needs are being met. An estimated 40 percent ... Read More

Family sues nursing home over resident’s hit-and-run death

Like many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, Florence Warren was prone to wandering off. She had escaped from numerous care centers in the past, which is why her family chose to move her into Good Samaritan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Avon, Ohio, earlier this month. The home had a secure, locked unit especially for those suffering from cognitive disorders. Warren’s daughter Linda Meldrum repeatedly warned nursing home staff about her mother’s propensity to wander. She felt her mother was finally safe in a home with a locked unit. But Friday evening something went terribly wrong. ... Read More

Mentally ill threaten safety of nursing home patients

Thousands of young and middle-aged adults with serious mental illnesses live in U.S. nursing homes, putting frail nursing home residents at risk for serious injury or death, according to a report gathered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prepared exclusively for the Associated Press. Mentally ill people ages 22 to 64 make up 9 percent of the nation’s 1.4 million nursing home residents, a number that has climbed 6 percent since 2002. That increase is attributed to the closing of state mental institutions and a shortage of hospital psychiatric beds. Allowing mentally ill patients, many with a history ... Read More