CNN Investigates Expanding Use of Nuedexta in Nursing Homes A recent investigation by CNN brought to light the expanding and allegedly inappropriate use of the prescription drug Nuedexta in nursing homes throughout the country. Nuedexta is FDA-approved to treat a rare condition known as pseudobulbar affect (PBA). What is Pseudobulbar Affect? Pseudobulbar affect is characterized by sudden and uncontrollable laughing or crying. It is... Continue Reading
Nursing Home Residents Deprived of Right to Sue for Abuse and Neglect The current administration has set its sights on another federal rule, seeking to eliminate the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents. Pre-dispute arbitration agreements require elderly adults and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, to waive their right to file a lawsuit in the courts – before admission to a... Continue Reading
Mandatory Arbitration in Nursing Home Admission Contracts A proposed rule change introduced by the Trump administration would authorize mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration in long-term care admissions contracts. The proposed rule is in response to an Obama administration rule that prohibited federal funding for long-term care facilities that required residents to resolve disputes through arbitration. ABA Writes... Continue Reading
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently inspected the 139 nursing homes that it insures. HUD gave a Philadelphia nursing home its lowest possible rating. On a scale of 100, Bala Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wynnefield Heights scored a 2. Federal inspectors found 58 “safety and health” violations at Bala Nursing, including 37 that put residents... Continue Reading
Is My Elderly Parent Being Bullied? When a loved one moves into a nursing home, staff members have a duty to continually provide the resident with the appropriate level of nursing care, medical care and personal attention. Nursing home staff members are responsible for the residents’ well-being and are required to report all signs of abuse or neglect, including those arising... Continue Reading