Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands Of Seniors To Gruesome Deaths

A joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and the Chicago Tribune revealed that thousands of older Americans in nursing homes are dying from preventable sepsis infections and offered readers a first-of-its-kind “lookup” that lets readers check infection violations and staffing levels at all 15,616 nursing homes in the United States.

Oregon hides thousands of cases of shoddy senior care

An investigation by the Oregonian/OregonLive found that state officials have concealed thousands of cases of poor elder care and abuse from the public. The Oregon Department of Human Services runs a website that is meant to help family members identify safe places to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other debilitating illnesses. But,…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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Negligent nursing homes allow for widespread elderly abuse

Negligent nursing homes have made way for the sexual assault of elderly residents across the nation. Residents, typically the severely disabled, have filed numerous reports of sexual assault over the years, however, most go unsubstantiated due to the cognitive condition of the patients.  It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But…

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Lax documentation leads to sex offenders living in nursing homes unnoticed

An investigation from the Dayton Daily News revealed widespread problems regarding the oversight of sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes. Although state law requires nursing homes to notify patients when a sex offender moves in, they found that some offenders are being admitted without residents being fully aware of their histories. In some cases, those…

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Nursing homes in Arkansas may have solicited petition signatures from residents unfairly

A petition in Arkansas to limit damages and attorney fees for medical malpractice suits may have made it onto the November ballot in a questionable way.  KARK found that nursing home staffers may have solicited signatures from nursing home residents without properly explaining what they were signing. The measure, if passed in November, would reduce…

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North Carolina falls behind on efforts to reform mental health treatment

Halfway through its effort to reform mental health treatment for those stuck in adult care homes, North Carolina is struggling to achieve goals detailed in a civil rights settlement with the federal government, according to a report by WRAL. As of July 1, North Carolina should have 1,166 people out of adult care facilities and…

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Indiana’s adult protective services program leaves vulnerable adults exposed to exploitation, abuse, neglect

An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found that the state agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults has exposed thousands to abuse and neglect as a result of overwhelmed investigators.  The paper used public records requests to compare Indiana’s Adult Protective Services with similar agencies across the country. Among their findings: Indiana has up to 20…

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Poorly rated nursing homes got HUD-guaranteed mortgages anyway

Hundreds of the country’s worst nursing homes have received mortgages backed by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity. HUD requires nursing homes applying for construction and rehabilitation loans to provide quality reports. Still, an analysis of loan and ratings data found that the…

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Extra Extra Monday: Injury-leave program, secret service fumbles, the cost of rape

Blacks disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession in Pinellas, Hillsborough counties | Tampa Bay Times Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people. It’s not because of who smokes pot and who doesn’t. Racial disparities in pot possession arrests is not a new…

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