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Nursing Homes Delay Seeking Emergency Treatment

June 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An Oswego nursing home is in the news for failing to seek proper care for patients suffering from emergent conditions, resulting in at least two deaths.  Though this facility is attracting the attention, these types of situations occur statewide, and residents are the ones who suffer due to these delays.

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Nursing Homes Ignore Explicit Orders

June 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The nursing home crisis in New York State continues to rage on, with more and more facilities being shut down or fined due to egregious mistakes.  One particularly harrowing story regarding an elderly care facility in Buffalo attracted the attention of CMS (Center for Medicaid Services), which fined the organization nearly fifty thousand dollars for putting a patient’s health and life at risk.

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Candida Auris Putting Nursing Home Residents at Risk

April 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Candida auris has finally made the big time, receiving front page treatment from the New York Times after a Brooklyn man died from the fungal infection and his hospital room was completely blanketed with the dangerous microbes.  Dealing with C. auris is extremely difficult as the fungus is highly resistant to most forms of decolonization.

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Years of Investigation at Nursing Home Resulted in No Action

January 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A horror story out of Arizona is drawing attention to the vulnerability of many individuals with advanced medical needs.  Often, services for those in comas or with other significant health issues are provided in State-funded care homes.  This is the standard in New York State as well as in many other places around the country, including Arizona where the incident occurred.

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Sodus the New Willowbrook?

December 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been the focus of a number of recent exposes chronicling deplorable levels of abuse and neglect in the New York City facility.  Investigations have revealed bed-bound patients left in their own filth for hours along with a litany of other health and safety violations, many of which may be tied to understaffing and a determination to maximize profit at the expense of quality care.

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CMS Intervening to Prevent Dangerous Understaffing

December 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Understaffing is a major problem in nursing homes across the country, and has generated dozens of family complaints across the state of New York in just the last few months.  Understaffing allows the owners of elderly care facilities to generate greater profits, as money that should be used to pay for nurses and aides instead goes directly to the bottom line.

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Nursing Homes Often Understaffed

August 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Federal guidelines for nursing home staffing fail to mandate minimum levels necessary for safety, leading to a rash of falls and other injuries due to failure to answer call lights or monitor at-risk patients.  Across the country, people who need care in nursing homes are falling or suffering significant injury due to substandard care.

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Devastating Effects of Hurricane Irma on Nursing Homes Residents

September 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A harrowing story out of Florida is drawing attention to nursing home neglect.  Six people are dead and one hundred more could suffer heat related illnesses after a Hollywood, Florida nursing home’s power failed.  Though the facility had a generator, it was either broken, was not fueled, or was never turned on.

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Forced Move After Elopement a Nursing Home Concern

September 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A nursing home in Hartford, Connecticut is one of many being fined for mistreatment of patients or violation of rules.  The fine was levied after the facility moved a patient without notifying her spouse.  The patient’s husband had protested the move because the new facility was too far away for him to be able to visit regularly.

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Nursing Home Abuse Widespread

May 04, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Investigative Reporters and Editors competition is a prestigious award for journalists who delve into topics that many people just want to ignore.  This year, reporters for Penn Live won the award for their 2016 investigation into nursing home injuries and deaths in the state of Pennsylvania.  The six part investigation opened thousands of eyes to the dangers present in nursing homes.

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Nursing Home Abuse: Guardian of What?

February 03, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Never ask questions.  That seems to be the belief of many nursing homes across the country.  Nursing homes have always had a vast arsenal of weapons to keep families from registering their complaints, first and foremost the threat of kicking the elderly individual out on the streets.  But now nursing homes have discovered a new weapon they can wield against caring families.

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Nursing Home Abuse: The Caretaker Mentality

November 20, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There’s only one good reason to get involved in providing care at your job: that is you are a caring person.  There are other ways to make money.  If your primary motivation isn’t taking care of those in need, then you probably won’t do a very good job.

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When Those Who Provide Care Don’t Care

July 01, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It can be a heavy emotional burden when we are finally forced to put a family member into a nursing home.  Oftentimes we make this tough choice because we are no longer able to provide the necessary care.  Accepting our own limitations can be exceptionally hard, but it is something we must do in order to ensure the health and safety of our loved ones.

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Elder Care: Addressing the Signs of Abuse

December 04, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If someone you know resides in a professional care facility, or if you find yourself in a position of locating a new home for Mom, it is important to be aware of the basics regarding legality and responsibility of care giving, and the signs and symptoms of abuse toward the one who needs the care.

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