The Nursing Home Complaint Center is pleased to add Poliakoff & Associates as its exclusive nursing home abuse law firm for South Carolina. According to the group,"Gary Poliakoff is an AV rate law firm in South Carolina specializing in nursing home abuse, and consumer protection. The intent of the Nursing Home Complaint Center is to educate the nation about nursing home abuse, neglect and even wrongful death." The Nursing Home Complaint Center says, "by having firms like Poliakoff & Associates, we can educate the country about nursing home abuses, and we can the direct family or loved ones to legal resources in their state, or metro area, who may be able to help protect innocent patients from abuse, & even potential wrongful death." Poliakoff & Associates web site is located at here.

The Nursing Home Complaint Center is announcing its endorsement of Poliakoff & Associates, as a go to legal resource for nursing home negligence, and abuse in South Carolina.  According to the Group, "in addition to educating our nation about important nursing home issues, we think it important to have capable law firms in each US State, or top 100 metro areas to assist nursing home abuse victims, and their families with a legal assessment of their rights. Gary Poliakoff, and his team at Poliakoff & Associates of South Carolina, will help us achieve this goal."

 

Gary Poliakoff is an AV rate law firm in South Carolina specializing in nursing home abuse, and consumer protection.  A little about Poliakoff & Associates of South Carolina: AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® as attorneys-awarded the highest ratings available in both competence and ethics. The law offices of Poliakoff & Associates are committed to working intensely and with integrity to fully represent clients personally injured or harmed by toxic exposure, defective products,nursing home abuse or neglect, or damaged by fraud and unfair or deceptive trade practices. They accept the toughest individual litigation and class action cases. Among the firm’s achievements are: Trial Advocacy, and is the recipient of the following professional awards:

Senior partner Gary W. Poliakoff is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is the recipient of the following professional awards:

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
Public Citizen Award (S.C. Trial Lawyers Assn.)
Victims Voice Award (S.C. Jury Trial Foundation)
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (S.C. Bar Assn.)
American Jurisprudence Award For Excellence in Constitutional Law
 

For more information victims, or family members of nursing home abuse, or neglect can call Poliakoff & Associates at 864-582-5472, or contact via their web site.
 

 

Below is a press release about a new book that is essential for anyone taking care of elderly relatives or will be in the future.  This book is essential reading for almost everyone considering the demographics and aging in America.

Sustenance and Hope for Caregivers of Elderly Parents; Bread of Angels

Former Social Worker and Author Gloria G. Barsamian Serves Up Support and Guidance to Millions of Caregivers

Today, Praeger Publishing announces the nationwide release of Sustenance and Hope for Caregivers of Elderly Parents; The Bread of Angels by Gloria G. Barsamian.

At some point, nearly everyone faces the difficulties of providing care for a family member. More than 50 million Americans do so today, most often for an elderly parent. And with the 65-and-up age group growing faster than any other population segment, that number will continue to rise. But what about the caregivers, and the physical and emotional stress they inevitably endure?
Sustenance and Hope for Caregivers of Elderly Parents tackles the important and timely social issue of parent caregiving. The book provides first-hand accounts and even personal diaries of real families who have faced caregiving issues. It also outlines practical advice for caregivers – offering daily stress reducers and coping mechanisms. Bread of Angels offers a wealth of insights from experienced caregivers, and is a refreshing new vision of the positive potential for caregiving and the rewards that come with evolving relationships between adult children and their parents.

Author Gloria G. Barsamian spent 28 years as a social worker at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts – helping adult children and their parents deal with catastrophic illness. She says "I saw more and more people caught ill prepared and ill equipped, physically and psychologically, to care for an elderly parent. My goal is to provide guidance and reassurance to the millions faced with one of the greatest challenges of their lives."

Like no other work, Bread of Angels, captures the emotions of today’s millions of caregivers, as well as care-receivers, spouses, and grandchildren. Barsamian shows how old ways of thinking about caregiving can be replaced with new, healthier possibilities that enrich the lives of caregivers and care-receivers.

Sustenance and Hope for Caregivers of Elderly Parents (Praeger) is available June 30, 2009 through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Walmart.com and other national book retailers.

For more information, please contact Ann Noder, Pitch Public Relations, LLC (480) 263-1557 or Ann@PitchPublicRelations.com.
 

Every nursing home in the country should buy this book and make it mandatory reading for all their employees.

There have been several articles discussing how nursing homes in Missouri take advantage of their employees by lending them money with exorbitant interest rates.  More than 90 nursing homes in Missouri regularly make payday loans to their employees at high interest rates, a St. Louis Better Business Bureau study released shows. The state allows lenders to charge up to a 1,950 percent annual percentage rate (APR) on two-week payday loans, the highest allowed among the 43 states that have either banned or set APR caps on payday loans.  Unlike other payday loan operations, the lender can deduct borrowed money directly from the paychecks of nursing home workers.  The arrangement seems to be unique to Missouri. Officials at the national trade association for payday lenders, as well as advocacy groups who oppose them, say they are unaware of payday shops in nursing homes elsewhere. The payday lenders in the Missouri homes do not lend to the nursing home residents.

Officials at the nursing homes told the BBB that payday loans were made to employees and that the loan amount plus interest and fees were deducted from the employees’ next paychecks. In 2006, then-Gov. Matt Blunt said nursing homes would no longer be allowed to make payday loans to their employees but the nursing homes are still doing it.

The study also found that Missouri’s lax laws have attracted several out-of-state lenders, including 34 online payday loan companies, and that the average cost of payday loans to borrowers with five or more loans in Missouri is $317 million, second only to California.

"They’re really enslaving employees this way. It’s possible that an employee doesn’t get a paycheck" because they owe too much in loans, said BBB spokesman Chris Thetford.

 

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. announced its operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.  Second Quarter Highlights:

Consolidated revenues rose 5% to $1.1 billion
– Each operating division reported revenue growth compared to last year

Diluted earnings per share reported at $0.45 compared to last year’s $0.49
-Last year’s second quarter results included income of $0.10 per share related to certain items

Peoplefirst rehabilitation services reported continued revenue growth and productivity gains
– Quarterly revenues were up 13% from last year’s second quarter; operating income grew 34%

Financial liquidity strengthened during the quarter
– Operating cash flows nearly doubled to $83 million from last year’s second quarter
– Accounts receivable days outstanding declined to 55.0 from 57.3 at June 30, 2008
– $58 million purchase of six unprofitable nursing centers financed primarily through operating cash flows
– Long-term debt, net of excess cash, declined to $253 million at June 30, 2009 compared to $266 million at June 30, 2008
For the six months ended June 30, 2009, consolidated revenues increased 4% to $2.1 billion compared to the first half of 2008. Income from continuing operations totaled $40.9 million or $1.05 per diluted share for the first six months of 2009 compared to $36.7 million or $0.94 per diluted share in the same period a year ago.

The Company also provided its earnings outlook for the third quarter of 2009, estimating diluted earnings per share between breakeven to $0.05 per diluted share (based upon diluted shares of 39 million). Management’s estimated third quarter earnings range includes the expected impact of a $2 million favorable income tax adjustment.

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of over $4 billion and approximately 54,500 employees in 41 states. At June 30, 2009, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 653 locations, including 82 long-term acute care hospitals, 222 skilled nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 349 non-affiliated facilities.
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Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009.  Highlights:

– Revenue of $563.1 million in Q2 2009, an increase of 15.2% (4.2% exclusive of the impact of foreign exchange) compared to $488.6 million in Q2 2008, due largely to achieving higher per diem rates in Medicare and Managed Care.

– EBITDA of $72.7 million in Q2 2009, an increase of 60.1% (42.8% exclusive of the impact of foreign exchange) compared to $45.4 million in Q2 2008, mainly due to cost controls and the absence of a number of unusual and one-time costs incurred during the same quarter last year.

– EBITDA margins improved to 12.9% in Q2 2009 from 9.3% in Q2 2008 as a result of cost-saving initiatives and continued success from the implementation of our back-to-basics plan.

– AFFO from continuing operations improved 90.1% to $28.9 million ($0.396 per basic unit) in Q2 2009 from $15.2 million ($0.214 per basic unit) in Q2 2008. The stronger U.S. dollar contributed $3.6 million ($0.050 per basic unit) of the AFFO improvement.

– Cash distribution of $0.07 per unit declared for the month of August. Distributions declared for the first half of 2009 of $30.6 million, represented 57.6% of AFFO from continuing operations of $53.1 million for the same period.

– Cash on hand of $94.6 million with no significant debt maturities until 2011 and beyond.

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The Orlando Sentinel had an article about a nursing home nurse who was was arrested on felony child neglect counts after she left her children for hours overnight in a hot van parked at the nursing home.  How did this lady get hired to take care of people when she clearly doesn’t know how to take care of her own kids?

Police were called to the parking lot of the Bayview Center nursing home about 2:15 a.m. Sunday after an employee found two children in a Ford van. Two children, ages 4 and 6, were inside.  Sheets were hung over the window to hide the children, and the windows were rolled up.  Police estimate the children were in the van alone at least four hours and 15 minutes.

If she was willing to treat her own children this way, how was she treating the vulnerable adults under her care?

The Rochdale Observer had an article about a criminal investigation following the death of a disabled resident at a Marland nursing home. Fifty-nine year-old Paul Whitehead died suspiciously at Springfield Park Care Home on 30 April.  Management at the home have stepped up security measures and stopped accepting new admissions.  These steps include the introduction of external senior supervisory management personnel to the establishment, additional layers of security, a dual key arrangement for the administering of medication and all nursing procedures.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "On 30 April police received a report of a sudden death in a Rochdale nursing home.  "A 59-year-old man was taken to Rochdale Infirmary where he was pronounced dead on arrival. "An investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the man’s death is underway."

Three weeks before the death, an inspection report strongly criticised the way residents’ medication was handled. It stated: "Overall we found medicines were poorly handled, which places the health and well-being of people who live in the home at unnecessary risk.

 

UK Daily Mail had a bizarre story about a 90-year-old war veteran banned from visiting his sick wife in her nursing home after he fell over and bumped into a nurse.  Dennis Woodward said he lost his footing and reached out to a passing female member of staff for help as he toppled over.
Incredibly, she accused him of trying to assault her.  Mr Woodward was escorted from the premises while staff called the police.  Now he has been warned not to return to the 52-bedroom nursing home to visit his 88-year-old wife, Hiltje.  The police will be called again if his car is seen nearby.   The couple have never spent a single day apart since their wedding 63 years ago, yet Mr Woodward fears he may never see her again.

Yesterday, instead of his twice-daily visits to her bedside, the great-grandfather had to go to a police station for three hours to provide a formal statement about the incident.   Mr Woodward, who is unable to lift his hands above his head because of arthritis, said: ‘I haven’t spent a day apart from my wife in 63 years and I’m terribly worried about her."  The retired businessman said he was astounded at suggestions he would have deliberately attacked the nurse, who is thought to be in her 30s, adding: ‘I’m a frail 90-year-old man with arthritis. If someone pushed me, I would go down and wouldn’t be able to get back up again.

 

Josephine Sciacca died on October 24, 2007 after a year and a half in a nursing home in Trinidad, Colorado.  Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that negligent care resulted in the fatal injuries. The lawsuit alleges that Sciacca died due to dehydration, malnutrition and complications due to a pressure ulcer, all problems stemming from neglect and mistreatment at the facility.

The nursing home was negligent in failing to heal and prevent the reopening of a pressure ulcer,  not properly feeding or hydrating Sciacca, and tampering with Sciacca’s medical records.  Sciacca’s mistreatment and death were the result of “knowing and/or intentional actions” by the Colorado nursing home officials and staff, according to the family.

Although there is a cap of $150,000 for Colorado wrongful death lawsuits against the state, the family indicates that they hope to force changes in how the state administrates medical facilities, to make them more caring facilities and less like assembly lines and storage houses for the elderly.
 

Below are more examples of the kind of people that for profit nursing homes hire to take care of our parents and grandparents:

Christopher Shelton is accused of raping an elderly woman at a nursing home.  He is being held in jail on five counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with attack.  Shelton was arrested after he was found hiding in the bathroom of a 69-year-old nursing patient who was assaulted .  See article here.

Eronie Deverlus faces charges of abuse of an elderly person after she attacked a 65-year-old nursing-home patient who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. According to Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, Deverlus was a nursing assistant at the Manor Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Wilton Manors. Deverlus allegedly struck the female patient in the face after becoming angry with the woman. Deverlus is charged with a third-degree felony and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.  See article here.

 

A lawsuit against a Nebraska nursing home alleges shoddy care of a nursing-home resident led to months of pain and, ultimately, her death. The lawsuit alleges employees at the nursing home in Minden caused 81-year-old Erna Brown to fall, then failed to treat and report to her doctor a large ulcer that formed because of her immobility. The ulcer then became infected and caused her death. The lawsuit alleges the nursing home committed fraud by not revealing the extent to which the nursing home was improperly staffed.

Staffing of competent and compassionate employees is the key to good care at any nursing home.  It has been proven in study after study that short-staffing and poor training lead to nelgect, negligence, and burn-out.