Abuse

Court upholds $1.2 million judgment against former SNF operator in resident abuse case

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The former operator of an Oklahoma skilled nursing facility will have to pay a $1.21 million judgment handed down in an abuse case, despite its argument that the award was invalid under state law, a judge recently ruled.

Bill would create national elder abuse registry

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Long-term care providers could have an additional tool to screen potential employees and weed out those with past incidents of elder abuse under a bill introduced last week.

'This is what it's all about'

'This is what it's all about'

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One line, more than any other, hit home during my discussion with Carol Silver Elliott on Wednesday: "If we're really in the business of taking care of older adults, this is what it's all about."

Antisocial behavior best predictor of abuse among residents with criminal history, analysis says

Antisocial behavior best predictor of abuse among residents with criminal history, analysis says

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Many residents with criminal histories can smoothly transition to life in a nursing home, but a small subset of those with previous antisocial behavior can pose a danger, a new analysis says.

5 tips for abuse and incident response in long-term care

5 tips for abuse and incident response in long-term care

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Allow me to share a little long-term care humor to brighten your day. Did you hear the one about the long-term care resident who kept unplugging her roommate's ventilator?

The tricky language in long-term care

The tricky language in long-term care

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Of the many hot words in long-term care, two are guaranteed to get people's ears to perk up: "abuse" and "kickbacks."

Verbal abuse frequently hurled at newly licensed registered nurses: report

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Almost half of newly licensed registered nurses were verbally abused at work by their colleagues within the past three months, according to a new study.

Tackling resident-on-resident abuse

Tackling resident-on-resident abuse

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While at a post office recently, I watched a woman cut in line to demand the clerk fix the automated posting machine. A fight broke out between her and the man at the front of the line: Voices were raised, threats were issued and I kept my hand on my phone, waiting to dial 911 if violence erupted.

Supervisor abuse has ripple effects in workplace: study

Supervisor abuse has ripple effects in workplace: study

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A bullying supervisor isn't hurting just a specific employee. He or she also is creating a negative workplace culture, researchers say.

Almost a fifth of SNF nursing aides charged with abuse and neglect had prior convictions, OIG says

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Nineteen percent of long-term care nursing aides who were found guilty of on-the-job abuse, neglect, or property theft in 2010 had prior criminal convictions, a federal report revealed this week.

Nursing home wants slate wiped clean on federal sex-abuse citation based on hand holding

A nursing home in Nebraska wants its record cleared of a sex abuse deficiency report that was based on federal inspectors seeing two Alzheimer's patients holding hands and hugging.

Governor asks for review of nursing home abuse handling process

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is calling on state health officials to review the way in which the state handles reports of abuse and neglect in nursing homes, according to local news reports.

Illinois task force offers recommendations to reform nursing home system

The Nursing Home Safety Task Force commissioned by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) released its recommendations for reforming that state's long-term care system on Friday.

Five-Star makes complaints against nursing homes even more serious

Five-Star makes complaints against nursing homes even more serious

Nursing homes have a difficult enough time contending with the survey and certification system. Now that the Five-Star Quality Rating System has begun, they have to work even harder to protect themselves against the faulty survey process.