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Nursing Home Neglect Archives

Arbitration clauses hide nursing home abuse from public

When a family in North Carolina needs to find a nursing home for an elderly loved one, they may feel compelled to sign away the right to settle disputes within the judicial system. Known as a pre-dispute arbitration clause, this element of an admission contract forces a resident to address disputes, including cases of neglect and abuse, in a private arbitration process geared toward limiting the accountability of the facility and preventing cases from entering the public record.

Ban on mandatory arbitration for nursing homes stopped

North Carolina residents who live in nursing facilities or have family members who do may be dismayed to learn that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has stopped enforcing a rule that prevents the facilities from forcing patients to enter into binding arbitration agreements. A memo was sent to Medicare contractors and states in December.

Rules change on filing lawsuits for nursing home abuse

North Carolina residents who have a loved one in a nursing home may also be able to file a lawsuit against the facility they believe has been neglecting or abusing the patient. A ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now in place that will allow this, although it is expected that it will be challenged. In the past, nursing home contracts contained an arbitration clause that made it impossible for families to sue. This meant that even if an arbitrator ruled against the nursing home, it never became public knowledge.

What to do if nursing home abuse is suspected

Elderly adults in North Carolina could become victims of abuse while living in nursing homes. There are many different forms of abuse that can occur in a nursing home setting. Nursing home abuse could be outright physical or sexual assault from staff or patients, or it could be serious neglect from the lack of appropriate medical attention.

Study says resident-to-resident nursing home abuse is common

North Carolina readers may be shocked to learn that around one in five nursing home residents suffer abuse at the hands of other residents, according to a study. The study, which was conducted by researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, is the first large-scale examination of systematic resident-to-resident abuse in nursing homes.

Preventing nursing home falls

Falling is a common problem for nursing home residents in North Carolina and around the country. Compared to older adults who are living in the community, nursing home residents fall twice as often. The high rate of falls in nursing homes is partially due to the fact that nursing home residents have more health problems than older adults who are living outside of nursing homes. Falls can also be caused by environmental hazards in nursing homes such as wet floors and poor lighting.

The treatment of dementia in nursing homes

North Carolina residents may not be surprised to learn that many victims of nursing home abuse suffer from Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia. These conditions are progressive in nature, and sufferers may have difficulty thinking clearly or remembering recent events. Dementia patients are also prone to act unpredictably, and they may respond poorly when attempts are made to calm them.

How to recognize nursing home neglect and abuse

Are you concerned about the wellbeing of a loved one who is currently staying in a nursing home? If you answered yes to this question, you're not alone. A lot of people across North Carolina have wondered if their loved ones are truly safe and happy in the nursing home or long-term care facility in which they reside. That's because this concern stems from news stories we hear regarding neglect and abuse that can occur at these health care facilities.

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