Bill Requiring Texas Nursing Homes to Disclose Disease Data Becomes Law

By CAMlawNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

In response to public criticism early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas legislature recently enacted a bill that will increase transparency regarding infectious disease numbers in nursing homes. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill, known as S.B. 930, into law in late May 2021, and it will go into effect in September. The Dallas nursing home lawyers at Crowe Arnold …

Nursing Homes Manipulating Five-Star Ratings System

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Here is an excellent investigative article dated March 13, 2021 from the New York Times concerning how the federal government’s five-star system to rate nursing homes has, in fact, “provided a badly distorted picture of the quality of care at the nation’s nursing homes.”  What is said in this article is not altogether surprising.  Many nursing homes are now owned …

COVID-19 Leaving Texas Nursing Home Residents Feeling Isolated

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted most of the people in this country. However, the isolation that accompanies quarantine is especially strong among nursing home residents. Nursing homes have been the hardest hit when it comes to outbreaks of the virus. To protect seniors living in these facilities, nursing homes and regulators have tightened visitors’ restrictions dramatically. While this may reduce …

Elderly Texans in Nursing Homes Given Priority for Covid-19 Vaccinations

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Supplies of the Covid-19 vaccination are still limited, but residents of long-term care facilities are receiving priority. In general, older people are at greater risk of serious illness or death if they contract the virus. They more often have underlying conditions and compromised immune systems, two factors increasing the odds of fatality or severe disease. Those in long-term care facilities, …

Bedsores in Nursing Home Residents Usually a Sign of Neglect

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nursing home neglect is the failure to provide care for an older adult. One of the earliest and common signs of nursing home neglect is bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. Bedsores are painful wounds caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. Blood flow into the area decreases and the ulcer forms. …

Texas to Allow Limited Visitation in Nursing Homes With No Active Coronavirus Cases

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

As reported by the Texas Tribune and other Texas news outlets, here is some good news if a loved one of yours resides in a nursing home with “no active coronavirus cases.”   Of course, the risk of infection in nursing homes remains substantial.  Caution is still required.  More aggressive testing in Texas ought to be one key to controlling entry …

Wound Care in Texas Nursing Homes

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

A high number of residents in nursing homes in the United States and in Texas suffer from wounds on an almost daily basis. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, nursing home residents today tend be older than those over a decade ago, and also tend to have more preexisting conditions that …

Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease in Development

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

We read yesterday in the New York Times about an exciting development in the ability to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease via a mere blood test.  In the past the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, as opposed to dementia or other form of brain disorder causing cognitive impairment, has been very difficult, expensive, and oftentimes inaccurate.  This difficulty, inaccuracy, and cost have created …

AARP Answers: Nursing Homes and the Coronavirus

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

The AARP recently posted a good, general article about how to deal with loved ones in a nursing home during the Covid-19 pandemic. We especially like this excerpt from the article: “What can I do to support my loved one? “Stay connected. It’s crucial for your loved one’s well-being, physically and emotionally. Isolation “can have very real and serious health …

A Fall in a Nursing Home May Be a Life Sentence

By JohnNursing Home Abuse & Neglect

People move their elderly loved ones into a nursing home with the hopes that trained medical staff can take proper care of them and provide for all of their needs. In reality, many of us are aware that a number of problems can arise in nursing home care, whether due to under-staffing, under-training, or abuse.

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