According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.4 million Americans currently reside in nursing homes. In the coming years, as individuals of the baby boomer generation continue to age, this number is expected to increase exponentially.
Remember that headline? It was printed in the New York Times about a year and a half ago. It came as something of a surprise to many: suing nursing homes doesn't result in better care? How can that be, they wondered.
We are talking about a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Attorney General's office. The suit accuses a multi-state nursing home chain of deliberately understaffing its care facilities in order to maximize its profits. That skewed staff-to-patient ratio is responsible for patients not receiving the appropriate care, according to the complaint.
The 10th largest nursing home chain in the U.S. is under fire in a federal lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Attorney General's office. The complaint takes the unusual approach -- one that the attorney general hopes will be easier to prove -- that the organization itself, rather than the workers, is responsible for lapses in patient care.
When you think of elder abuse, what comes to mind? For many people, the answer probably has to do with nursing home negligence or abuse. Unfortunately, many people assume that nursing home staff members often take advantage of or harm the residents who are under their care. A recent article in Healthline, however, reminds us that nursing homes are not the greatest threat to the elderly.
The headline says it all. Earlier this week, Health Commissioner Niray R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., declared that influenza is prevalent in the state. To date, 45 counties and all boroughs of New York City have confirmed cases of the flu. While the statement may not have meant much for the average citizen, for health care workers, the declaration had an immediate impact: If they have not received a flu shot this year, they must wear a surgical or procedure mask anywhere that patients may be present.
As loved ones such as parents or grandparents age, family members often grapple over long-term care options. In many cases, family members lack the financial and emotional resources to deal with an aging and ailing loved one. Individuals who have dementia or other chronic health problems often require round-the-clock care and supervision. As a result, many families turn to nursing home or assisted living facilities to care for aging loved ones