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7/2/2013
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Mandatory Arbitration May Be Hidden in Nursing Home Admitting Documents

Be careful of nursing homes requiring arbitration to resolve disputes. You may be giving up the right to sue the nursing home for negligence.

Category: Elder Neglect

2/12/2013
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Will Your Family Member Elope?

Your elderly loved one is in a nursing home. Does that facility have effective elopement prevention? And what will it do if a resident elopes from its premises?

Category: Elder Neglect

1/28/2013
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Nursing Homes Putting Profits Over Safety

For-profit nursing homes lead in overcharging Medicare while operating understaffed skilled nursing facilities. Residents suffer and we pay.

Category: Elder Neglect

12/3/2012
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Life Care Centers of America - Medicare Fraud Allegations

Life Care Centers of America (that has one facility in New Market Virginia) is being investigated by the federal government for Medicare Fraud

Category: Elder Neglect

11/28/2012
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A Temporary Hospital Room in Your Own Backyard - Medcottage: An Alternative to Nursing Home?

A temporary hospital room in the backyard - Medcottage - debuts in Fairfax County, VA. Is it a new alternative to nursing homes?

Category: Elder Neglect

11/24/2012
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Missing Senior Alert! How to find your senior who has gone missing in Virginia

Virginia Senior Alert System helps family members find their senior who has wandered off. Find out how the system works.

Category: Elder Neglect

Labels: aging parents
6/3/2012
Sandra Rohrstaff
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How Do I Find the Best . . . ?

Finding the best nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one can be very hard. Here is a source to help you.

Category: Elder Neglect

3/1/2012
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Virginia Nursing Homes May Require Arbitration

Virginia nursing homes likely can enforce arbitration, and residents' Constitutional rights will be severely limited.

Category: Elder Neglect

2/22/2012
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Be Careful What You Sign - Hidden Mandatory Arbitration Requirements May Strip Away Your Rights

Arbitration clauses in nursing home admissions contracts that take away the right to sue the nursing home if it negligently injures the resident are unfair.

Category: Elder Neglect

10/1/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Nursing Home Resident Panics When She Wakes Up "Blind" After Surgery

After eye surgery, nursing home resident with dementia woke up. She panicked. She didn't recall her surgery and no one was there to explain why she couldn't see

Category: Elder Neglect

7/19/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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MEDcottages - Housing Option for the Elderly

Portable, temporary shelter for elderly an relative may be put in a family's yard near the home, where the elderly one can be comfortable while being monitored.

Category: Elder Neglect

6/21/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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First, Do No Harm -- US Health Care System Accidentally Kills Hundreds of Thousands

We need more transparency to make our health care system safer. We need specific information about how preventable errors occur before we can fix the problem.

Category: Elder Neglect

3/14/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Have You Talked to Your Aging Parents About Changing Living Arrangements?

Parents who are too frail to care for themselves need help finding alternative living arrangements that are safe. Adult children can help - talk to your parents

Category: Elder Neglect

3/9/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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What Nursing Homes Always Say When They Injure A Resident

Nursing home responses when a resident falls or develops an infected pressure ulcer are privacy for the resident or the pressure ulcer was unavoidable.

Category: Elder Neglect

3/1/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Assisted Living Facilities Must Report Employees with Substance Abuse or Mental Health Problems

Virginia now requires assisted living facilities, most of which care for our elderly family members, to report employees with alcohol and drug abuse and mental health problems. Previously, only nursing homes and hospitals had such a duty.

Category: Elder Neglect

1/26/2011
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Hospital Errors Plague Medicare Patients

Study shows that Medicare patients experience many harmful effects while in the hospital and that 44% of them are preventable.

Category: Elder Neglect

12/29/2010
Sandra Rohrstaff
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Nominate a Hero

Caregiver of the Month - Nominate a Hero. The "Caregiver's Voice" is the independent voice of brain-injured adults since 1998.

Category: Elder Neglect

12/29/2010
Sandra Rohrstaff
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You CAN Leave the Nursing Home

Know Your Rights -- Residents Can Leave the Nursing Home Without Losing Medicare Coverage

Category: Elder Neglect