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Nursing home faces sanctions after maggots found in resident’s bandaged wound

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 23, 2014

A Maine nursing home’s failure to install proper windows and screens led to an infestation of flies which led to maggots being found living in a resident’s wounds, according to WGME 13 News.

Now federal sanctions have comedown against the nursing home, Eastside Center for Health and Rehabilitation, on Mt. Hope Avenue in Bangor, Maine, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

The Bangor Daily News reports that flies were allowed to fester in the building because the nursing home “failed to ensure the environment was free from hazards associated with windows with broken and missing screens,” according to the DHHS.

The resident victim suffered burning and itching in her chest area, where a wound was supposed to be healing. But “when the bandage was removed, the staff observed that the resident had maggot larvae coming out of the resident’s chest open area,” the DHHS said.

The state has suggested a $500 fine for every day the home was out of compliance and putting its residents at risk of infection, according to WGME 13. The facility was also cited back in 2001 for a myriad of issues including abuse, neglect and care deficiencies, according to WGME 13.

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The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Too many nursing homes still don’t meet fire-safety rules despite deadline

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 12, 2014

June Liccione monitored her mother’s health for years as her mother spent the last part of her life in and out of nursing homes. Liccione always had her mother’s health on her mind. Was she being properly treated? Properly fed? Properly cared for?

“There were so many other things to worry about,” Liccione told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I didn’t worry about a fire.”

But a recent survey illustrates just how susceptible nursing home residents are to the usually forgotten threat of a fire. The government recently released a damming report that accuses hundreds of nursing home facilities around the country of failing to comply with adequate sprinkler system requirements. Fires devastated two nursing homes in 2003 killing a combined 31 people, according to the Star-Tribune.

“That’s really quite shocking,” David Randolph Smith, an attorney who represented the families of the victims of one of the blazes, told the Star-Tribune. “Lots of things catch on fire in these buildings. Some of them are so old that they have polyurethane insolation. They’re tinder boxes in many cases.”

Many incoming residents never give these threats any thought, reported the Star-Tribune.

In an attempt to eliminate this doubt, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will deny payment and terminate provider agreements with facilities that fail to comply. All nursing home facilities were required to comply by last year.

Thirty-six of the noncomplying facilities are run by local and state governments, the Star-Tribune reported.

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The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Medical superbugs: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria carried by more than a third of nursing home residents, study

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 11, 2014

Over-administering and overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes has led to the presence of superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, in more than one third of nursing home residents in Australia, according to an ABC News report.

A study out of Monash University found that more than half of the infected patients had recently received antibiotics, proving the bugs impervious to the drugs and opening the possibility that they could be actually spawned from them.

The study warns that the increasing rate of antibiotic overuse could make the superbugs more widespread, according to ABC News.

“They aren’t the safety net that we think they are,” Monash professor Anton Peleg told the news. “They do have consequences and the consequences of overuse, or inappropriate use, is the development of these antibiotic resistant bacteria.”

Peleg warned that understaffing issues and service inadequacy problems lead to the increased dependence on antibiotics. Bacteria can live and foster in carpets, beds and other living conditions in nursing homes, where they are much more difficult to control. The preventive measures taken at hospitals are not practical in nursing homes, leaving patients highly susceptible.

“Our concern is that nursing homes are acting as a sort of reservoir, if you like, of antibiotic resistant bacteria,” he said.

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The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Disabled retiree disgruntled with nursing home care

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 11, 2014

A nursing home patient paralyzed from the waist down complains of mistreatment and neglect in an Iowa nursing home, saying workers don’t follow techniques and ignore his calls for help.

Hershel Smith was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 2008 and has lived in nursing homes ever since, the Des Moines Register reports.

But he is not satisfied with his new residence.

He’s not alone.

Iowa received an “F” rating in an annual nursing home review conducted by nonprofit Families for Better Care, according to the Register. This year Iowa dropped in the national rankings as well. The Register reported that Families for Better Care ranked Iowa nursing homes 46th in the nation.

The Register reports that Iowa has eight long-term care ombudsmen, who are required to hear complaints and resolve issues of more than 54,000 nursing home patients living in the state. We will repeat that again.

That’s eight ombudsmen for 54,000 patients. “I’ve run out of advocates,” he told the Register.

Nursing homes themselves are also commonly understaffed, reports the Register.

The state has been ravaged by nursing home injuries, deaths and sexual assaults in recent years.

From the Des Moines Register story: dangerous conditions have become more prevalent, residents have a harder time getting help from caregivers and an overwhelming percentage of registered complaints are verified by the state’s overworked ombudsmen.

Smith said he feels desperate when his wife can’t be at the home to take care of him, and he is left with the home staff. At one point, he ditched the home for a motel.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

 

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Report Shows Rampant Patient Harm in Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 8, 2014

Are you suspicious that your loved one is being harmed by the nursing home care that is supposed to be nurturing him or her?

A new study shows that you may be right, even if you don’t want to believe it.

According to AARP, one of every three skilled nursing home patients were harmed by the treatment he or she received. The study was released by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Harm” includes infection, medical errors and conditions such as extreme bleeding, kidney failure, blood clots and fluid imbalances, according to AARP. The patients consisted of those who received care following a hospital stint.

The study said that physicians found 59 percent of the mistakes preventable, while 1.5 percent of the mistakes contributed to a patient’s death.

Those numbers translate into 1,500 patients dying in one month alone as a result of complications from nursing home mistreatment, out of around 22,000 patients harmed, according to AARP.

Much of the mistreatment resulted in hospital re-admittance, to the cost of up to $208 in a single month for Medicare, according to AARP. When stretched over a full year, those costs balloon to $2.8 billion, the report says.

Click here to read the full AARP article.

Click here to read the study by the Department of Health and Human Services / Office of Inspector General, entitled “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries.”

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Rochester, Minnesota nursing home neglect causes resident’s death

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 6, 2014

Neglect led to a nursing home patient in Rochester, Minnesota who “fell, broke her neck and died,” while being transferred from her bed to her wheelchair, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. She was 95.

Maple Manor Healthcare and Rehab was cited in April for neglect in the death. The patient fell between three and four feet from her EZ lift, according to the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Investigators detailed the gruesome account.

“The rubber safety catch on the mechanical lift failed to secure the harness in place and the resident fell out of the harness sideways during transfer,” the investigators wrote.

Investigators cited neglect after Maple Manor failed to provide records of lift inspectors, maintenance or prior incidents to the Department of Health, which found that safety catch problems had been occurring at the facility for six to nine months before the fatal fall, the Post Bulletin reported.

The nursing home admitted to continuously trying to fix EZ lift machines with grommets, which proved defective, instead of metal retrofit, the Post Bulletin reported.

Maple Manor is responsible for about 40 people that depend on EZ lifts. The lifts are used about 60,000 times per year, according to the report.

The tragedy continued after the woman fell and struck her head on the floor. In addition to breaking her neck, she also fractured her spine. She “returned to the facility from the hospital with four staples in the back of her head,” investigators wrote.  She died three days later.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Deadly nursing home fires

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 5, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune published the following information about the deadliest nursing home fires in the United States:

— Nov. 27, 2006: Eleven people died in a fire at the Anderson Guest House in Anderson, Missouri, a care home for the elderly and mentally ill. The home had smoke alarms but no sprinklers.

— Sept. 25, 2003: A fire killed 16 people at the NHC Healthcare Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The facility had no automatic sprinkler system.

— Feb. 26, 2003: A mentally disabled woman set fire to the Greenwood Health Center in Hartford, Connecticut, killing 16 people. The nursing home had no automatic sprinkler system.

— April 2, 1979: An overnight blaze at a residential care center in Farmington, Missouri, with only one staff member on duty killed 25 of the 37 residents.

— Jan. 30, 1976: A fire at the Wincrest Nursing Home in Chicago killed 23 of the 83 patients.

— Jan. 9, 1970: A fire at a convalescent home in Marietta, Ohio, with no sprinklers or smoke alarms killed 31 of the 46 patients.

— Nov. 23, 1963: Overshadowed in the news by the assassination of President Kennedy, a fire at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Fitchville, Ohio, killed 63 of the 84 residents. Investigators later blamed faulty wiring and found the nursing home didn’t have an evacuation plan.

— Feb. 17, 1957: A fire at the Katie Jane Memorial Home in Warrenton, Missouri, killed 72 people.

— March 29, 1953: A fire at the Littlefield Nursing Home in Largo, Florida, killed 33, including 32 of the 57 patients and a nurse who ran back inside to try to rescue others.

— Oct. 31, 1952: Twenty people died in a fire at the Cedar Grove nursing home in Hillsboro, Missouri.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care, including the failure to provide a safe physical environment. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Three indicted for abusing nursing home residents

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 5, 2014

Three employees of a Kentucky nursing home were indicted on a whopping 69 charges including criminal abuse, endangerment and neglect of an elderly person.

Jerry Matthew Snyder, Kayla D. Kinser and Kelly D. Duvall were charged for infractions that occurred at the Genesis Healthcare Edmonson Center Nursing Home in Brownsville, Kentucky, according to WBKO News. Snyder was charged with 14 counts of first-degree abuse and 14 counts of fourth-degree assault and 14 counts of knowingly neglecting an adult, according to WBKO News.

Kinser was charged with four counts of abuse and four of neglect, amongst others.

Duvall was charged with four counts of criminal abuse and four accounts of assault and neglect, both.

The charges against the three employees were brought on after the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green conducted an investigation into the procedures followed at the Edmonson Center.

The Edmonson Center is located north of Bowling Green, Kentucky and south of Louisville Kentucky.  Bigger does not ensure that it’s better. The Park City Daily News reports that the Edmonson Center is one of more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted/senior living communities operated by Genesis HealthCare, a Pennsylvania-based company employs nearly 80,000 people and has nursing centers and senior and assisted-living facilities in 28 states, while the Genesis Rehab Services division provides rehabilitation therapy to nearly 1,500 health care providers across the United States.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

TOPICS:   Neglect, News, Physical Abuse

Nursing Facilities’ Compliance with Federal Regulations for Reporting Allegations of Abuse or Neglect

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 3, 2014

In an attempt to protect the well-being and prosperity of nursing home patients across the country, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services conducted a study to investigate the rate of abuse and neglect allegations and the subsequent documentation of such events, as required by federal law.

The results are eye-opening.

The study found that 85 percent of nursing home facilities reported at least one allegation of abuse or neglect in 2012, according to a study published in August.

The report also found that only 53 percent of allegations of abuse or neglect were reported, as is required by the federal government. Only 76 percent of nursing homes “maintained policies that address Federal regulations” and only 61 percent could prove federal compliance with paperwork.

The study was conducted by reviewing facilities policies pertaining to allegations of neglect, reviewing facilities’ policies when it comes to reviewing possible crimes, and by surveying professional nursing home administrators. The study also took into account a random allegation from said facilities and the facility’s documentation of the case.

Nursing facilities are required to report allegations of abuse or neglect to state agencies within one day of the allegation. Within less than week, facilities must report investigations into these reports.

This study proved the standard for nursing home care in this country still fails to fulfill moral and ethical responsibilities when it comes to caring for the elderly.

Click here to read more about this study.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Two nursing home employees arrested for patient neglect

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 29, 2014

Almost two years after alleged neglect and mistreatment of a completely depended Alzheimer’s patient, and falsified records, two nurses aides were arrested for perpetuating a pattern of neglect at a now-closed nursing home in Buffalo, New York, according to report by The Buffalo News.

Hidden camera video footage documented the neglect that Donna Laury, 48, and Nakeia Green, 35, imposed on a 79-year-old resident suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, according to The Buffalo News.

The incidents occurred in 2012, according to the investigation.

The Buffalo News reported that the nurses aides failed to follow treatment standards, specifically failing to use a mechanical lift required to move the patient. The News also reported that when the nurses did use the mechanical lift, they didn’t use the required number of people to operate the machinery.

Both are charged with felony and misdemeanor counts and both have been fired, according to The Buffalo News. The felony counts are for falsifying business records and the misdemeanor counts are endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

The nursing home was located into the Erie County Medical Center. Center president Richard C. Cleland expressed disappointment in his facility’s quality of care when speaking to The Buffalo News.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

TOPICS:   Neglect, News, Physical Abuse