Elder Justice

American Nursing Homes Leave Elderly to Care for Themselves

Tad Thomas, Esq. One of today’s greatest crisis is also the worst irony: nursing homes are largely without nurses. Thirty years ago, elder justice advocates already saw this crisis brewing. In 1987, federal law intended to make it law that a nurse had to be on premises of every nursing home at least 8 hours a day. In a struggle to pass at least some regulation, this intention disappeared in compromise. Today, the NY Times reports, nursing homes do not have a nurses present all of the time, or even most of the time. Appalled that it has taken decades …

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Pervasive Home-Ratings At the Crux of Nursing Home Issue

Saul Gruber, Esq. New evidence reveals that Medicare nursing home ratings, the most referred to and mistakenly trusted measurement for quality elder care, are dangerously misleading. Why? There are three criterion for grading a nursing home, one of which involves  an outside health inspection, the other two are self-reported. It’s no surprise that in 50 homes on a federal watch list, most had 4 or 5 stars in the areas they could rate themselves (like incidents of falls or bedsores), but overwhelmingly received rates of 1 or 2 stars in the area of independent inspection (NY TIMES). The value of the …

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Listen to Attorney Saul Gruber on Leiberman Live

Last week, Attorney Saul Gruber stepped in for an interview on Leiberman Live to give his expert opinion on the crisis of elder abuse, and what can be done to stop it. Elder abuse has been an epidemic for years, Gruber says, “The question is what do we need to do to make people understand it’s an epidemic.” Elder abuse is a crisis behind closed doors, one that is frequently ignored and underreported. Ironically, however, those closed doors are essentially the homes of the elderly. Put into assisted living or nursing homes, the worst abuse is happening directly to our …

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