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Man Arrested in Connection with Nursing Home Homicide

Will Greenlee (PHOTO CREDIT: TC Palm) - Feb 3, 2020

A 47-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the homicide last month of a patient at Tiffany Hall Nursing & Rehab Center. William Hawkins, who has listed addresses in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder after officials linked him to the Jan. 5 death of Robert W. Morell, 95, according to records and Assistant...

State Halts New Admissions to Hialeah ALF After Resident Dies

Samantha Gross (PHOTO SOURCE: Miami Herald) - Jan 31, 2020

After a resident who repeatedly left a Hialeah assisted living facility was found dead in November, the state Agency for Health Care Administration issued an emergency order halting admissions to the facility until further notice. According to the order, which was issued Jan. 21, the resident was admitted to Pavilion Gardens in Hialeah on Nov. 13, 2019, without a health assessment but came...

Amazon Alexa Catches Man Stealing from Florida Nursing Home Residents

Bob Hazen - Jan 10, 2020

An Amazon Alexa device is being credited with helping police catch a man who is accused of stealing from three different residents at senior care facilities in Ormond Beach. Russell Bannister was arrested after officials with the Ormond Beach Police Department said he was caught red-handed stealing cash and credit cards from an elderly person at an assisted living facility. That...

Significant Underreporting in Safety Data Found on Nursing Home Compare Website

Jeff Lagassee - Jan 9, 2020

The website Nursing Home Compare, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a go-to resource for many families researching nursing home options for their loved ones. The number of falls that lead to injury are a critical category of concern for nursing home residents, but  a University of Chicago researcher has found that the data used by Nursing Home Compare to...

N.J. Lawmakers Refuse to Vote on Bill Requiring Nursing Homes to Hire More Aides

Blake Nelson - Jan 7, 2020

State Assembly leaders decided Monday to shelve a bill (S1612) that would have mandated staffing levels at nursing homes in New Jersey, according to Kevin McArdle, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats. The state Senate had already approved the proposal in July, but any bill that does not pass both chambers by Jan. 14 has to be reintroduced when the new session begins later this month....
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