With the arrival of the New Year, there are many pledges or resolutions being made. Some pledges include the promises by nursing homes to give better quality care to its residents.
The Chicago Tribune had a terrifying article on how “nursing home workers across the country are posting embarrassing and dehumanizing photos of elderly residents on social media networks such as Snapchat, violating their privacy, dignity and, sometimes, the law.”
Hospital-acquired conditions are a major factor in patient safety.
WSBTV reported that a hidden camera, installed at Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center, shows World War II veteran James Dempsey’s repeated calls for help were ignored.
Often, elderly people are prescribed blood thinners, otherwise known as anti-coagulants, like Coumadin and several others.
The Courthouse News reported the problem of patient dumping or abandonment in California. California allows nursing homes to forcibly dump Medi-Cal residents into hospitals to clear bed space for far more lucrative Medicare patients, then refuse to re-admit the dumped patients, which is illegal under the Nursing Home Reform Act, elderly people claim in court.