Elder Justice

PA Health Department Says Inspection Reports Not For Court, Lobbyist Behind the Change

Robert Sachs, Esq. http://www.shragerlaw.com There is no question that very serious problems of neglect, abuse, and inside politics currently wrack the nursing home industry. Here in Pennsylvania, the fight to protect our elderly loved ones against such negligence and corruption is very real. Last year, the state health department posted a disclaimer that their “surveys” of nursing home compliance with safety regulations were not intended “to be evidence of compliance with any legal standard of care in third-party litigation.” In other words, inspection records were not to be used against nursing homes in court. This type of language clearly tries …


Man Beaten in His Home by Rent-a-Center Employee Forced to Arbitration

Robert Sachs, Esq. In a recent case, an 88-year-old man was beaten and robbed by a Rent-a-Center employee, and left for three days before being discovered in critical condition. Any logical person might think that such a terrible story would see its day in court. Well, that’s true–but not for what you think. Turns out, the victim had recently rented a refrigerator from Rent-a-Center. A 28-year-old employee had come to install it for him and repair a TV. Two weeks later, after quitting his job but allegedly still wearing the Rent-a-Center uniform, he returned to rob the elderly man and …


Overmedicating the Elderly: Chemical Restraint in American Nursing Homes

Robert Sachs, Esq. A troubling reality of drug abuse in American nursing homes is coming to light through class action lawsuits and personal stories. Family caretakers and elderly advocates are discovering a dark system of drug abuse inflicted on their elderly parents and loved ones, often when it is too late. Almost 300,000 residents currently receive antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal, Haldol, and Seroquel, which approved to treat severe schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, nursing homes employ them instead to sedate, suppress, and immobilize residents, often claiming that it suppresses aggression, and anxiety that come with dementia and Alzheimers disease. Some …


Nursing Home Resident Dies After Being Left Outside in the Heat

Tad Thomas, Esq. Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration has found a The Aristocrat nursing home in Naples, FL mistreated and neglected residents. In August, a resident died after being left outside in the heat. Robert Bernard, 90, was found outside with a sunburn and a 105 degree temperature–heat that caused him to go into cardiac arrest. Surveillance video reveals that Bernard was outside in his wheelchair, checked on once by a nurse, and left for two hours. All three nurses assigned to watch him have been fired. Prior to Bernard’s death, the home had no system for supervising residents while …


10 Things to Remember When Choosing a Care Home for Your Loved One

Express, a UK news source, recently published a very helpful guide for anyone facing the challenge of moving their loved one into an elderly care home. Although it’s from the UK, where there are different policies and procedures for elderly care, it offers advice valuable to anyone. Anywhere you go, at any point in time, caring for a loved one is a rollercoaster of emotion, including moments of guilt and attacks of anxiety. Here is a summary of the guide, with a few points of our own added. To see the orginial, formulated by elderly advocate and founder of myageingparent.com, …


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