Nursing Home Abuse

Despite attempts to improve elder care facilities, data shows nursing home abuse affects one in three residents. Abuse or neglect can lead to bedsores and other painful and debilitating conditions. 

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Nursing Home Outbreak Kills 8, Infects D...

MedTruth Editors · November 23, 2021

In a COVID outbreak at a nursing home in Connecticut, only three residents avoided infection.

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Problematic KY Nursing Homes Profited Fr...

MedTruth Editors · November 16, 2021

In Kentucky, some nursing homes profited from the pandemic even as their level of care decreased.

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Ohio Nursing Home Surveillance Law Intro...

MedTruth Editors · October 25, 2021

The proposed law would allow surveillance instruments in nursing homes for patient protection.

Laws + Congress
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U.S. Nursing Homes Accused of Overprescribing Antipsychotic Medication

MedTruth Editors · October 8, 2021

Many nursing homes are falsely diagnosing their residents with schizophrenia.

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Louisiana Department of Health Shuts Down Nursing Homes

MedTruth Editors · September 23, 2021

Nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse to shelter from Hurricane Ida in conditions deemed squalid.

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Georgia Ranked 49th in Nursing Home Inspection Rates

MedTruth Editors · August 24, 2021

Georgia regulator have failed to check on the safety and quality of nursing homes in the state.

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Washington State Executes Disciplinary Action on Long-Term Care Workers

MedTruth Editors · August 12, 2021

The Washington State Department of Health published a news release detailing the revocation, suspension, and decertification of a number of health care professionals.

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COVID-19 Nursing Home Outbreaks Spark Research Into Quality Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · April 30, 2021

The spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes has led to increased concerns about nursing home quality among researchers.

Research + Findings
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New York Restores Right to Sue Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Injuries and Deaths

MedTruth Editors · April 21, 2021

Governor Cuomo signed a bill repealing a New York law that protects health care facilities and professionals from COVID-19 related lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Nursing Home Ratings Meaningless, New York Times Investigation Finds

Carah Wertheimer · April 1, 2021

A recent New York Times investigation of the nation’s popular five-star nursing home rating system found that the system is “broken,” offering at best a “distorted” picture of nursing home quality.

Research + Findings
A photo of an elderly male patient extending his palm to receive pills to depict overprescription in nursing homes.

A New Study May Help Curb Inappropriate Nursing Home Prescriptions

Ashley Lombardo · October 20, 2017

A study helped cease inappropriate medication in nursing homes using the Multidisciplinary Multistep Medication Review tool (3MR).

Research + Findings
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Where to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Ashley Lombardo · October 6, 2017

Knowing where to report nursing home abuse has become a necessity, as one in three residents will face abuse or neglect.

Health Features
Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes May Be Underreported

The Truth About Sexual Abuse In Nursing Homes

Ashley Lombardo · September 12, 2017

As many as 5 million elders are abused each year. Seniors who experience sexual abuse in nursing homes rarely get justice.

Health Features
A portrait of an elderly woman living in a nursing home, looking forward to updated federal nursing home regulations.

Federal Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health updated national nursing home regulations to extend additional protections to senior residential facilities.

Laws + Congress
A close-up of an elderly couple holding hands, discussing questions to ask before selecting a nursing home.

9 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Nursing Home

Ashley Lombardo · October 24, 2016

Our checklist of nursing home questions can help to find the right fit.