Two women charged with caring for elderly patients faced a Long Island judge Tuesday, accused of beating an 88 year old man in his nursing home bed because he didn't want to shower. According to the victim's daughter, Patty Izzo, the two women "put a pillow on his face while one person was punching him." Izzo later found her father, a World War II veteran, brutally beaten in his nursing home bedroom. "Like an animal," Izzo said. "They treated him like an animal."
Who truly advocates for nursing home residents in New Jersey and across the United States when they face issues of nursing home negligence or abuse?
Hurricane Sandy was obviously unprecedented, with its effects widespread and far-reaching for literally millions of people in New Jersey, New York and other eastern states.
Bed rails used in hospitals and nursing homes might at first blush seem the most innocuous of things and, when mentioned in the context of safety, deemed to be tools of the trade that enhance safety outcomes. The devices enable patients to more easily pull themselves out of bed and prevent incidents of patients falling out of beds. Through the use of safety straps, they also allow for temporary restraint of some patients -- for example, those still groggy following surgery -- who might otherwise attempt to get mobile too quickly.
In a recent media commentary, a disability policy specialist takes a strong and critical aim at the New Jersey legislature for alleged passivity and inaction that is undermining the legal rights and adequate care of developmentally disabled persons in state nursing homes and other residential care units.
In one of our recent blog posts (please see our August 14 entry), we referenced the staffing levels and policies in New Jersey nursing homes, noting the obvious nexus that exists between an inadequate level of trained staff members on hand and a heightened degree of nursing home neglect.
If you have made the difficult decision to place a parent or other loved one into a nursing home, you are probably daunted by the process of actually doing that. With so many nursing home options in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, how can families find and choose the facility that is the best equipped to treat their loved one?
When one nursing home resident passes away for an unexpected but preventable reason, it is called an accident. When four residents suffer that same fate in the short span of three months, it is indicative of a troubling pattern of nursing home neglect.
The family of a New Jersey woman who was hit by a car and killed in 2010 has filed a lawsuit against the nursing care facility from which the woman allegedly escaped on the night she died. In their lawsuit, the family alleges that the nursing home was negligent in allowing the woman to escape, especially given their knowledge of her mental disorders and the fact that she was at an elevated risk of leaving the facility without warning.
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, one of the most shocking stories to come from the storm- and flood-ravaged region was that of the mass lack of preparedness of area nursing homes. At one facility, 35 residents died during the storm, with some believed to have drowned in their beds when the building flooded.