The Hebrew Home at Riverdale received the 2013 Outstanding Advocacy Award from LeadingAge at its national conference in Dallas last month. I had the honor of accepting the award on behalf of the organization. This award, which recognizes our leadership role in the field of elder abuse prevention for the past decade, meant a lot to us.
A bill requiring nursing home workers to report elder abuse cleared both houses of the legislature and was sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). SB 111 was developed by an elder abuse task force convened in 2012 and sponsored by Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster). Colorado is currently one of three states that do not have an elder abuse reporting requirement for senior care professionals.
Congress and federal health officials announced separate avenues of funding for the prevention and response to cases of elder abuse Thursday.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for additional grant money to prevent elder abuse and strengthen penalties those who commit such crimes.
Discretionary spending resulting from the recently passed healthcare reform law could total $115 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. That includes around $100 million for long-term care and elder abuse programs.
Several senators Wednesday introduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act to improve enforcement of elder abuse.
Economic stimulus legislation hasn't been the only item on Congress's plate lately. The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a bill that would fund elder abuse prosecution and establish education and therapy programs for victims and their families.
More than 50% of family members who care for Alzheimer's patients at home reported that they acted abusively, according to a recent British study.
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is expanding his practice of installing hidden cameras in nursing homes to include facilities in western New York, according to local news outlets.
Nursing homes received another quality drubbing last month after the Government Accountability Office revealed that state inspectors often understate deficiencies, including those about malnutrition, bedsores and abuse, in their annual facility inspection reports.
One group was notably absent when the cheering erupted over the introduction of a bill that would ban arbitration agreements from nursing home admission contracts: providers.
A new Senate bill seeks to eliminate providers' ability to bind residents to pre-dispute arbitration agreements.
The Elder Justice Act (HR 1783) received a heap of accolades from senior care advocates and industry representatives at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.
What are the most important lessons from the trial of the Manganos, the New Orleans facility owners who didn't evacuate for Hurricane Katrina and were recently acquitted of negligent homicide charges?
For three weeks, spanning August and September, much of the national nursing home community was glued to goings-on in a place they had never heard of before: St. Francisville, LA. Or at least they should have been.
Exactly six months ago in this space I wrote that the trial of Sal and Mabel Mangano could turn out to be an excellent opportunity for them, and nursing homes in general, to shine. Dire circumstances often are the best proving ground for joyous turnarounds.
Many observers have questioned why government prosecutors would charge a pair of Louisiana nursing home owners for criminally negligent homicide after an unprecedented natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.