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The Nursing Home Abuse Podcast
30 minutes | 7 hours ago
171- Certified nursing assistants and nursing home assessments
Certified nursing assistants play an important role in the quality of life of a nursing home resident. They provide important information to nurses who then assess forms of treatment. How are CNA’s trained, and how is their job different from a regular nurse? In this week’s episode, special guest Dr. Elizabeth Halifax discusses those issues.
28 minutes | 14 days ago
170- Antipsychotic medication in nursing homes
Antipsychotic medication is highly regulated in nursing homes. Research shows these types of drugs have various side effects, especially on people with dementia. In this episode, special guest Dr. Nancy M. Birtley, DNP describes why regulation of these drugs is so strict, and why they are commonly prescribed.
24 minutes | a month ago
169 - CMS 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System
Hotels have a rating system, to give potential customers an idea about the hotel’s level of quality. Nursing homes have a similar ratings system in place, to help families in search of a residence for their aging loved ones. In this episode, our special guest Dr. Niam Yaragi explains how this 5-Star rating system for nursing homes work.
28 minutes | a month ago
168 - Support surfaces for treating pressure ulcers
Pressure sores. Pressure ulcers. Bedsores. They are all the same thing. But how they are treated can mean the difference between life and death. In this episode, Ingrid Sidorov, RN, answers questions about how the types of support surfaces that are available to nursing home residents who develop these specific types of ulcers.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
167 - Culture change in nursing homes
Culture change is not something often considered when families look for a nursing home for their loved ones. But in this episode, we explore why this could make a huge difference for someone who is making the transition into a nursing home. In this episode, our special guest Carmen Bowmen helps us understand what a culture change is, and how it can benefit nursing home residents, and their families.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
166- Nurse staffing and quality of care in nursing homes
Almost all studies, including those cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, conclude that increased nurse presence in nursing homes lead to fewer negative outcomes. But why is that? This week on the podcast, we welcome Dr. Haizhen Lin to bridge the link between nursing care and quality of care in nursing homes.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
165. Ten things to know about pressure ulcers
Pressure ulcers are a common killer in nursing homes. Causing infection and disease, these injuries are a painful scourge that needs to be reduced and eliminated. In this week’s episode, we talk about the top ten things that you might not know about pressure ulcers.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
164. Can you sue a nursing home for UTIs?
Whether you can sue a nursing home for a UTI will depend on whether the infection was avoidable and whether the nursing home’s negligence was the direct cause. But there is much more to it than this. In this week’s episode, we explore lawsuits against nursing homes for causing UTI injuries and death.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
163. Ten things you didn’t know about nursing home care plans
Care plans are required for every nursing home resident. Care plans are the blueprint for care and treatment. But what else? In this week’s episode, we shine the light on ten things you might not know about nursing home care plans.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
162. Who regulates Georgia nursing homes?
Georgia nursing homes are regulated by Federal and Georgia laws. Facilities are overseen by the Department of Community Health as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In this week’s episode, we dig deeper into the regulations and agencies in charge of enforcing them.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
161. Can you sue a nursing home for wrongful death?
In Georgia, the term ‘wrongful death’ means the claims brought by family members against the party responsible for causing a death. But, who holds the claim, when can the claim be brought, and can families bring wrongful death claims against nursing homes? In this week’s episode, we explore wrongful death lawsuits against Georgia nursing homes.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
160. Can you sue a nursing home for pressure ulcers?
Nursing homes may be liable for injuries and death resulting from pressure ulcers if the injury was avoidable. This means that the nursing home failed to either assess the resident correctly, develop a proper care plan, or revise the plan along the way. If a nursing home does not check all these boxes, then the resident may bring a lawsuit. In this week’s episode, we take a deep dive into a nursing home pressure ulcer lawsuit.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
159. What is sepsis and septic shock?
Sepsis is consistently in the top ten causes of death every year. Why are nursing home residents susceptible to sepsis and septic shock? When is a resident who has been hospitalized or killed by sepsis allowed to sue a nursing home? In this week’s episode, we talk about this deadly illness, precautions that nursing homes should to take, and when a lawsuit may be filed in Georgia.
23 minutes | 6 months ago
158. Suing a nursing home for bed rail injury
Severe injuries and death can occur when bed rails are used in nursing homes. In fact, Federal regulations prohibit the use of bed rails in most instances. In this episode, we discuss when a nursing home may be liable for improper use of bed rails.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
157. Are pressure ulcers avoidable?
The term “avoidable” is defined in the Federal regulations governing the operations of nursing homes. A pressure ulcer is avoidable when a nursing homes neglect to assess a resident’s skin integrity, complete a care plan with personalized interventions based on that assessment, or update that care plan based on observation. Neither age, chronic illness, or non-compliance plays a factor. In this week’s episode, we talk about a nursing home’s obligation to residents to prevent pressure ulcers, and what it means to be avoidable or unavoidable.
23 minutes | 7 months ago
156. Nursing Home Resident Non-Compliance and Neglect
Nursing home residents have the right to refuse or decline particular treatments. But what is the responsibility of the nursing home for delivering care when a resident is non-compliant? Simply for the fact that a resident has exercised her choice does not allow the nursing home to give up or neglect their duties. In this week’s episode, we explore the relationship between a resident’s right and the obligations of the nursing home for finding alternatives.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
155. Covid-19 and Georgia Nursing Home Liability
In April 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order protecting nursing homes and nursing home staff from claims of negligence during the Covid-19 state of emergency. What does this mean for cases other than Covid-19, like cases for abuse? What were the infection control protocols for nursing homes before and after Covid-19? In this week’s episode, we unpack the right of those who have been injured or killed in Georgia nursing homes during the pandemic.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
154: Hearing Loss in Nursing Home Residents
Hearing loss in nursing home residents may have a critical impact on quality of life. As such, facility staff should be encouraged to embarrass more comprehensive hearing assessments. On this week’s episode, we welcome Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD to talk about hearing assessments, care plans, and the “hearing standard of care” for nursing home residents.
26 minutes | 9 months ago
153: The Center for Elder Law and Justice
The Center for Elder Law & Justice is a non-profit civil legal services agency, providing free legal representation in Western New York. On this week’s episode, we welcome Lindsay Heckler, supervising attorney, to discuss the Center’s mission.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
152: Pressure Ulcer Assessments in Nursing Homes
Every nursing home must conduct a comprehensive assessment of each resident’s specific risk for skin breakdown. With hundreds of variables, systematizing such an assessment for efficient use by nursing home staff is critical. In this week’s episode, we welcome Dr. Nancy Bergstrom, who along with Dr. Barbara Braden, developed the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk to talk about the importance of skin assessments and the myriad of variables at play.
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