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While it is becoming more common these days to hear reports of nursing home negligence and abuse, many facilities never receive the justice they truly deserve for systemic understaffing and policies that prioritize profits before human life. It is important to understand that cases falling under the realm of medical malpractice are very difficult to win due to the many protections put in place for healthcare providers to defend against frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, it is these very protections that may prevent victims with legitimate claims from receiving the compensation they deserve.

Family of Deceased Patient Loses Legal Battle against Negligent Nursing Home

An 84 year old man’s family brought a lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare and Greenbriar Terrace, located in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire after he died due to complications later linked to the worsening of multiple bedsores. His family argued that there was no excuse for the delayed discovery of the sores and that caregivers failed to provide adequate treatment and preventative care.

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Nursing Home Abuse ChargesThere’s an inherent feeling of helplessness for families with loved ones in the care of a nursing home.  After all, despite families best intentions and diligent visits, there is only so much that families can do to ‘completely’ safeguard their loved one. At some point, families must come to terms with the fact that the facility they have selected to care for their family member will be the one providing the lion’s share of medical care for their family member.

Conceding care-related responsibilities

At some point during the admission to the facility most families will run into a situation where there is an error in the care provided to their loved one. Perhaps the patients food was served cold or the staff was delayed in responding to a call? Of course everything depends on the context and it’s frequency, but for families there is a fine line between balancing the role of an advocate vs. accepting the fact that perfect nursing home care is really nothing more than an unrealistic expectation.

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Scabies Outbreak At Maine Nursing HomeStaff at Brewer Rehab and Living Center, a Maine nursing home, have been afflicted with an outbreak of scabies.  The outbreak was reported to the Maine Center for Disease Prevention where officials rendered advice on treat patients and staff with the mite.

Scabies is a very small mite that causes allergic reaction-type problems when it burrows beneath the skin.  Common reactions to the scabies mite include: severe scratching, rashes, skin discoloration, and other skin irritations.

Scabies is spread through person-to-person contact as well as through contact with clothing and linens that were not sanitized.  In order to prevent the spread of the mites, experts suggest using specialized soaps and shampoos as well as cleaning clothes and lines with hot, soapy water.

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