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U.S. Senate report: Georgia nursing home plagued by a sexual assault, wandering resident, odor of urine, untrained staff

Here’s a sentence that loved ones of a nursing home resident would rather not hear: “The patient was rescued before the train got there, but it was a very close call.” The sentence was in a story on AlbanyHerald.com that discussed patterns of serious health and safety violations at nursing homes nationwide, including in Georgia. The...

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Feds to Investigate as Staffing Impacts Quality of Nursing Home Care

Surprise inspections are scheduled to strike nursing homes after federal officials learned most facilities had fewer nurses and staff on duty than they reported. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the crackdown in a Nov. 30, 2018 memo to state inspectors. “Since nurse staffing is directly related to the quality of...

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Georgia law firm offers best ideas to avoid sepsis in nursing homes

Sepsis is an infection common in nursing home residents that can become painful and deadly, if untreated. The problem is taking a growing human and financial toll, according to a recent study. The September 2018 study by the Chicago Tribune and Kaiser Health News found 25,000 nursing home residents die each year after being transferred...

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Georgia Attorney Discusses Facial Injuries Sustained in Nursing Homes

Falls in nursing homes are increasing at an alarming rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 800,000 elders age 65 and older are hospitalized due to falls. The CDC mentions that one out of five falls results in a serious injury – particularly broken bones and head injuries. Elders may also suffer from...

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Strong Economy, High Staff Turnover, and Quality of Nursing Home Care: Georgia Attorney Discusses

Everyone can benefit from a strong economy. Well, almost everyone. For most, it’s good for consumers and businesses alike. But what does this mean for your loved one living in a Georgia nursing home? CBS News cites a recent study that unveiled the negative consequences a strong economy has on nursing homes.   Nursing home staff jobs already have a...

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Audit: More Than 25% of Nursing Home Abuse Cases Go Unreported

An audit sheds light on an alarming statistic. Over 25 percent of possible sexual and physical abuse cases involving nursing home residents were never reported to law enforcement.  Conducted by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office, the audit also reveals that Medicare has failed to enforce a federal law that calls for prompt notification by...

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Report Warns Against Breast Cancer Surgery On Nursing Home Residents

A recent report found that breast cancer treatment may hasten death for nursing home residents. Those who live at least a year after treatment often experience a significant downturn in their quality of life.  The report, published in the journal JAMA Surgery in August, raises questions about the value of screening women in nursing homes for breast cancer. Surgery is a common way to treat...

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