This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.
ALF Industry Pushes Bill to Lower Reporting Requirements for Deaths, Serious Injuries
Elizabeth Koh (PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA) - Oct 11, 2019
When a resident in one of Florida’s assisted living facilities falls, dies or is seriously injured, that facility is required to tell the state within one business day that something has gone wrong. But a bill before lawmakers would give operators weeks to report such critical incidents — potentially leaving residents in harm’s way, elder advocates warn. Industry groups...
Nursing Home Kitchens in 'Horrible' Condition
Marjie Lundstrom - Oct 3, 2019
Flies buzzing the undercooked hamburgers. Cockroaches scurrying for cover behind the oven. A moldy ice machine. Mystery debris, clinging to the crevices of a meat slicer. Hundreds of mouse droppings, trailing across the hood of the stove. These incidents are not logged in any restaurant inspector’s notebook. They are among the thousands of food safety violations discovered in the last...
Arizona Failed to Investigate Some Nursing Home Complaints, Report Finds
Stephanie Innes - Sep 26, 2019
State health officials failed to adequately investigate complaints of abuse and neglect in Arizona nursing homes, a new auditor general's report says. The report, released Thursday by the independent Arizona Auditor General's Office, says the Arizona Department of Health Services may be putting long-term care residents at risk by failing to resolve complaints of resident abuse and...
Nursing Homes Are a Breeding Ground for a Fatal Fungus
Matt Richtel and Andrew Jacobs - Sep 12, 2019
Maria Davila lay mute in a nursing home bed, an anguished expression fixed to her face, as her husband stroked her withered hand. Ms. Davila, 65, suffers from a long list of ailments — respiratory failure, kidney disease, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat — and is kept alive by a gently beeping ventilator and a feeding tube. Doctors recently added another diagnosis to...
MA Department of Public Health Acknowledges Delays Investigating Nursing Home Complaints
Shira Schoenberg - Sep 11, 2019
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has acknowledged that it was not investigating complaints about nursing home care quickly enough for two years due to a lack of staffing. The acknowledgement came in an audit by state Auditor Suzanne Bump, which faulted DPH for not conducting investigations in a timely manner. Bump’s office reviewed 200 cases involving complaints that...