This is so ludicrous. Let me understand this. Those staff members who retaliate against residents are now going to receive training on how to respond to residents' fear of retaliation. What's next? A better idea would be cameras in nursing homes to catch staff members who abuse nursing home residents.
It is an often occurrence, that My Elder Advocate is called in to Advocate for a resident in a Nursing Home who has been placed there against their will by a court appointed guardian, and generally is being abused or neglected. In many of these guardianship cases, close family members have been banned from visiting their loved ones by guardians. In other cases nursing homes have been declared guardians and they have pillaged the personal accounts of the people they are supposed to protect.
A year after a federal health agency vowed to sharply reduce the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, prescriptions have declined only modestly — and dozens of New York City facilities have actually increased their use of the medications.
One of the most dramatic of these changes is the mandatory enrollment of individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid in a managed long-term care (MLTC) plan. Dually eligible individuals had previously been exempt from mandatory enrollment.
would not believe that in 2013, that a private assisted living facility in New
York State would discriminate against a gay man, but that is exactly what
happened to Carl Rizzio, the same gentleman mentioned in my last post dated
March 31, 2013.
The answer to this question is a resounding NO. Throughout the United
States, there are many thousands of people, who are afflicted with dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease, and reside in nursing homes, that are not equipped to
handle the special needs of this population. Instead these unfortunate souls
(mostly poor) are thrown in with the general population at these facilities,
and they die prematurely, not from physical illnesses, but from the rapid
mental deterioration, due to the lack of meaningful therapy and stimuli.
On a recent Friday afternoon Martin D. was resting in his
private room at NY Presbyterian/Cornell Hospital recuperating from a MRSA
Infection that he contracted at the hospital because of the negligence of one
of the staff physicians. Suddenly 3 burly ambulance attendants came into his
room with a stretcher, and very unceremoniously announced that he was being
transferred to a nursing home in New Rochelle.
For so many people, the music we listen to from childhood to adulthood is not just something playing in the background, but the bonding of music and memories. Every song is a scribbled note in the margin of a diary and the music of our lives becomes a soundtrack to the emotional scrapbooks we keep in our heads. Some songs have stronger memories attached than others. The obvious ones are tunes that remind us of emotional moments in our lives; romance, happiness, milestones. Some songs remind us of certain days or specific people. The simple playing of a particular tune can open up a page in that scrapbook and we’re suddenly ten or twenty or thirty again, reliving a moment from our lives.
In the last few week, among the many horrible cases that I have been dealing with, is the case of a 52 year old Multiple Sclerosis sufferer, who has been a patient at Brookhaven Hospital in Patchogue for a severe infection, that he developed as a result of the neglectful and abusive care he received as a resident, in a dangerous and sub-standard facility called Lakeview Nursing Home in Middle Island, NY.
Imbedded in today’s
nursing home culture is a practice that has been notoriously associated with
elder abuse in nursing homes. Nationwide, many nursing home residents with
advanced cognitive impairment are tube fed (35% according to some studies),
despite no demonstrable benefits of this intervention in this population.
Studies suggest that organizational features of nursing homes are associated with this
practice, but underlying reasons for these associations are poorly understood.
A feeding tube in a sub-standard nursing home can be a death sentence. My Elder
Advocate has been very successful in preventing this abuse from occurring in
many cases, where we were called in early to advocate for clients who were losing weight in nursing homes.
When you are politically connected in New York, and you have tons of money, much of which was fraudulantly obtained, and you are billing New York State and the Federal Governement hundred of millions of dollars for elderly recepients of Medicare and Medicaid, what is a couple of million dollars in fines here and there?
Elly Kleinman, founder and CEO of Americare, would probably tell you that $15,000,000 in fines over a 5 year period is the cost of doing business.