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Limiting Damages

Cleveland, TN-based Life Care Centers of America says it “strongly disagrees” with a recent Georgia verdict. After years of discovery and a lengthy and expensive trial, a jury compensated the victims $15.3 million. Unfortunately, Georgia arbitrarily limits the amount of damages a jury is allowed to award victims of neglect and abuse. The family proved

Design Affects Care

The Fast Company had a good article about the design of nursing homes, some have been compared to prisons. Nursing homes are often institutionally designed. Long corridors. Bad lighting. Bland furnishings. Neutral colors. Design choices support the type or model of care.  In the future, comfort and independence must outweigh “cost efficiencies.” “During the pandemic, things

Corruption Breeds Neglect

The Advocate published a letter from Bruce Blaney explaining the corruption that leads to the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in long term care facilities. “The pandemic has revealed life in nursing homes to be at best risky and often lethal. Even before that institutional model killed 3,000 people during the pandemic, the legislative

Precedent No Longer

NPR had a fantastic article summarizing what certain Supreme Court justices testified under oath during their nomination hearings. They often commented on the sanctity and importance of precedent and the constitutional guarantee to privacy. Samuel Alito “Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court. It was decided in 1973, so it has been

Admission Discrimination

Payor Source McKnight’s had an article showing discrimination in the nursing home industry. The industry uses discriminatory tactics to reject less profitable residents. Ashvin Gandhi is an industry expert. Gandhi is a health economist and assistant professor at UCLA. Gandhi explained that existing law shows that disability discrimination is “clearly illegal” through the Rehabilitation Act,

Consumer Voice’s Staffing Report

Consumer Voice issued another staffing report. Understaffing has plagued nursing homes for years. Residents have suffered due to insufficient and sporadic care.  The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare for the country the result of years of not investing in resident care.  On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing a minimum staffing

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