RIP John Prine

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RIP John Prine

John Prine, the revered singer whose career is characterized by chronicling the human condition through song, has passed away from COVID-19 complications. We commemorate him through this beautiful song about aging. Rest in peace. https://youtu.be/OVhA01J0Zsg

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California Dpt. of Health Failing to Protect the Elderly from Harm

https://www.calhealthreport.org/2020/02/10/california-agencies-failing-to-regulate-mental-health-care-funding-and-promptly-investigate-abuse-in-nursing-homes-auditor-finds/?fbclid=IwAR1qH565mA9hVaTP2oW5D-qkQa1Xoh2WkCMOQpbHN9AHzVDE1X_gBccXIB0

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U.S. Attorney to Crack Down on Sub-Par Nursing Home Care

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-launches-national-nursing-home-initiative

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President Aims to Rollback Nursing Home Regulations

I wish we could say that we were surprised by this administration’s goal to weaken protections for residents of nursing homes. Unfortunately, we’re all too familiar with nursing home corporation’s efforts to line the pockets of those with political influence to do their dirty work. In this case, which includes requiring less staff qualifications, loosening [...]

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Nursing Home Abuse Stats

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This current and detailed report (searchable through the US Gov’t Accountability Office) on abuse in nursing homes pinpoints important statistics in determining which residents are at higher risk for abuse (i.e. residents with fewer visitors, higher cognitive impairment and lower mobility) as well as factors in nursing home management that contribute to higher levels of [...]

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Resrouces for Reporting Abuse

Although we have been less than pleased with the lack of follow-through from the governmental agencies assigned to grapple with elder abuse, we encourage those advocating for an elderly loved one be educated on their resources if abuse or lack of care is suspected. Getting a citation or official dialogue with these agencies in writing [...]

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The Memory House – article from the New Yorker

I encourage people to read this lengthy and thought-provoking article about dementia and how we treat those afflicted. From personal and professional experience, I believe that the article’s premise of “white lies” to reduce anguish is ethically justified, if not almost mandatory. I wish I had read this article/possessed this information before my dad’s Alzheimer’s. [...]

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California’s Top Nursing Home Regulator Owns Interest in Nursing Home Chain

On August 12, 2018, Politico reported that Karen Smith – the Director of the California Department of Public Health – has ownership interest in Brookdale Senior Living, which operates many long-term care facilities in California, including ten nursing homes that are regulated by Smith’s Department. According to Politico, Smith denied her financial stake in Brookdale [...]

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Formation Founder: Time for Skilled Nursing to Leave the ‘Kids’ Table’

Our office would like to wish everyone a happy Vernal Equinox! On a much less happy note, our office has been receiving e-mail updates from Skilled Nursing News and what’s most interesting is the obvious running theme with all of these updates: money! This, once again, hardens our resolve and belief that the nursing home [...]

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Trump Administration to Roll Back Fines for Nursing Home Abuse

In relation to our last post, this article evidences the Trump administration/government demonstrating it’s complete indifference towards the vulnerable elderly. The government, sadly, obviously favors profit over people. https://www.truthdig.com/articles/trump-administration-roll-back-fines-nursing-home-abuse/

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