Nursing Home Evictions Strand The Disabled In Costly Hospitals

What if you had to go to the hospital, and when it came time to return home, your landlord said you couldn’t move back in? Across the country, thousands of nursing home residents face that situation every year. In most cases, it’s a violation of federal regulations. But those rules are rarely enforced by the […]

Too many nursing homes settle for compliance over true quality

RE “STATE acts on nursing homes” (Page A1, Feb. 11): Hopefully, as the headline says, the state will act. Having consulted and provided clinical services in some of these facilities, I can substantiate the need for a clearly delineated process for reporting complaints up the chain of supervisors and managers that is enforced and rewarded. […]

One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem. Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that 59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable. […]

‘Promise you’ll never put me in a nursing home’

Whenever Sarah Harris and her husband, Ernie, drove past a nursing home, he would say the same thing: That’s where you’re going to put me. That’s where I’m going to be sent. “I would say, ‘No, I don’t think that’s going to happen,’ ” said Harris, of Fairfax, Va. Her husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s […]