Empowering families to advocate for quality nursing home care


Nurse Accused of Stealing Patients’ Pills at DeLand Nursing Home

By Blaine Tollison A nurse is off the job at a Volusia County nursing home after she was accused of taking prescription pills from patients. Authorities said the woman was working at the University Center East nursing home on East New York Avenue in DeLand. Christine Plaster, a licensed practical nurse, was arrested and charged with stealing […]

No Criminal Charges in Wheelchair Death at Belleville Nursing Home

By Beth Hundsdorfer St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said Monday his investigation into the death of a woman found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs at a Belleville nursing home found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. “But there may be civil liability that the family undoubtedly will explore,” Stone said. Juanita […]

Jilted in Nursing Home Bids, 27 Companies Complain to State

By Christopher Curry The state’s first open competition for new nursing home beds in more than a decade opened the floodgates on applications. It now has brought a deluge of legal challenges from companies that did not win approval. Twenty-seven companies have filed administrative challenges against the Agency for Health Care Administration. The firms say […]

Bayville Nursing Home Evacuated In Hazmat Incident, Police Said

By MaryAnn Spoto Residents of a nursing home in Berkeley’s Bayville section were evacuated on Thursday because of separate diesel fuel and propane leaks at the building, authorities said. Fire officials went to the Crystal Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on an anonymous tip of a heavy odor of diesel fuel, police chief Karin DiMichele […]

Bad Nursing Homes Could Face Three-Strike Rule

By J. David McSwane Nursing homes that chronically fail inspections could more easily lose their licenses under a three-strike bill headed to the Senate after passing out of a committee Wednesday. Responding to reports that ranked Texas near last in quality of nursing home care, along with a once-in-a-decade review that found the state wasn’t cracking […]

New Florida Nursing Home Ratings ‘Worse Than Imagined’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Source: http://bit.ly/NewFLNHRatings TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Brian Lee, Executive Director of Families for Better Care, called freshly recalibrated Florida nursing home scores “worse than imagined” for residents, families, and providers. The news scores are the result of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the scoring methodology for the national database Nursing Home […]

Nursing Home Fines Eclipse $100M

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Source: http://bit.ly/NursingHomeFines100M TALLAHASSEE, FL — Today, Brian Lee, Executive Director of Families for Better Care, called the latest data on nursing home fines “spectacularly dreadful” after the advocacy group discovered that thousands of monetary penalties—imposed for poor nursing home care—exceeded $100 million over the past three years. “That staggering $100 million figure in nursing home […]

Government To Grade Nursing Homes On Tougher Scale

Starting immediately, the federal government is making it harder for nursing homes to get top grades on a public report card, in part by increasing scrutiny of their use of anti-psychotic drugs and raising the bar on an array of quality measures.

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