About the Nursing Home Law Center

The focus of the Nursing Home Law Center is to provide information to families so they can make informed decisions about their loved ones. Frequently, this means reporting on issues involving medical and legal developments in the area of nursing home negligence.

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Computers are an invaluable part of modern society that’s become as standard as cars. Although they are now commonplace, when compared to telephones and televisions, computers can still be considered a somewhat new addition to the ranks of household consumer electronics. While it may be difficult to find a home or a business that does not have some type of computer, some individuals still do not use or feel comfortable using them. Often, it is senior citizens who have yet to embrace this technology. While some elderly individuals are computer-savvy, these devices may seem foreign, complicated, and frightening to others.

Computer Usage Benefits for Seniors

Whether a person is a senior who is contemplating the need to learn about computers or an individual who wants to teach an elder member of the family how to use one, it’s helpful to first understand how computers are useful. Frequent use of computers can help to improve a person’s mental agility, build confidence, and create a sense of independence. Computers can make life more convenient by giving the elderly a way to read the latest news, research health issues, pay bills online, and manage their finances.

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Pet therapy is a low-stimulation form of therapy for elders, especially those who live in nursing homes. There are many benefits to pet therapy, including increased self-esteem and increased mental and physical activity. As with other therapies, there are concerns to be taken into account. The main concern is often the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. This concern can be addressed through the type of pet therapy that is chosen. Visitation therapy, the most common, allows elders to visit with pets and experience the joys of having their company without the added responsibility of caring for them 24/7.

Animal-assisted therapy is less common but more appropriate for someone who needs a more intense type of therapy to help with rehabilitation. Ownership therapy is another version of pet therapy that patients can be part of: This requires a mental and physical evaluation of the patient because it requires the patient’s ability to responsibly provide around-the-clock care for their pet, just as they would were they living independently.

The Benefits

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Law Firm Representing Injured Residents of Wentworth Rehab and Health Care Center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Illinois routinely conduct unscheduled surveys and unannounced investigations to inspect every nursing facility statewide. Their efforts identify serious violations, deficiencies, hazardous conditions and health violations. When surveyors identify serious concerns, the facility has the opportunity to make corrections promptly to maintain the health and well-being of every resident.

In serious cases, the Medicare and Medicaid nursing home regulatory agencies will designate the Home a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and add the Center to the national watch list. This undesirable designation means that the facility must undergo many more inspections and surveys every year to determine that any corrective actions taken to improve the level of care in taking care of the residents is permanent.

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Injured Riverside Heights Healthcare Center Residents Seeking Compensation

Both the State of California and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine surveys and unannounced inspections to identify serious violations, health concerns, and deficiencies. When problems are found, the nursing home must make significant improvements to rectify the issues and undergo a follow-up inspection.

Some nursing homes have serious underlying problems that lead to severe harm or death of a resident. When this occurs, state and federal nursing home regulators can place the facility on the national Medicare watch list and designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF). The center will remain on the watch list and maintain its designation while undergoing many additional inspections, surveys, and investigations into filed formal complaints.

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Injured Victims from Riverside Health and Rehab Center Seek Financial Compensation

Nursing home regulators from the state of South Carolina and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine investigations and surveys in nursing homes statewide. These inspections help identify serious violations, health hazards, and deficiencies that require immediate attention.

If the nursing staff fails to make necessary changes, revise their policies and procedures, and improve the level of care provided to residents, they could lose their contract to provide care and services to state and federally-funded patients. In egregious cases, the Home might be designated a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and added to the national Medicare watch list.

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Injured Purcell Care Center Residents Now Filing Financial Compensation Claims

Nursing home regulators working for the State of Oklahoma and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine inspections, surveys, and investigations on every facility statewide. These unannounced visits to the nursing home help identify minor to serious infractions, violations, and deficiencies that require immediate correction. The efforts by the survey team help stop abuse, mistreatment, and neglect.

Some cases are so egregious that surveyors place the nursing facility on a federal Medicare watch list and designate the home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF). The surveyors will return three or four times throughout the year to review documents, make observations and interview residents and employees. If there are no significant improvements to the list of infractions and deficiencies, the nursing facility can remain on the watch list for as long as 3 to 4 years.

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Attorneys Representing Injured Residents of Providence Mt. Rubidoux

To ensure the public remains fully informed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of California conduct routine unannounced visits, inspections, and surveys of every nursing home statewide. Their efforts help to identify serious concerns, abuse, violations, and deficiencies. When problems are found, the nursing facility is afforded the opportunity to make prompt significant improvements to the level of care they provide or face monetary consequences.

In egregious cases, nursing home regulators may designate the Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF) and place the Center on the federal Medicare watch list. This designation alerts the facility that their unacceptable substandard of nursing care will no longer be tolerated. If improvements are not made within the appropriate timeframe, the facility may be required to sell their operation to another company in good standing or lose their contract to provide care to Medicare and Medicaid-funded patients.

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Injured Oak Hill Health and Rehab Center Residents Seek Compensation for Damages

To ensure the public remains fully informed on the level of care every nursing home provides, both the State of Rhode Island and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine surveys and inspections. These inspections help identify serious problems, health hazards, violations, and deficiencies. In most cases, the nursing facility is given the opportunity to make prompt corrections to the level of care they provide, and adjustments of the policies and procedures used as guidelines for the nursing staff.

Some nursing facilities cannot or will not make these necessary improvements. When this occurs, the Home can face serious consequences including monetary penalties, a demand of selling their business to another company in good standing and be added to the federal watch list. Even if the facility becomes compliant with federal and state nursing home regulations, they often remain on the watch list for years as surveyors and inspectors evaluate the permanency of their corrections.

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Injured Lennwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Residents Seeking Financial Compensation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Texas conduct routine surveys and unannounced investigations at every nursing facility statewide. The effort to the surveyors and inspectors help identify serious concerns involving violations and deficiencies at the Home. When problems are identified, the facility has the opportunity to make immediate corrections to maintain and protect the health and safety of every resident.

In some egregious cases, state and federal nursing center regulators will designate a Home as a Special Focus Facility (SFF) on a national watch list. Receiving this unwelcomed designation means that the facility will have to undergo additional unscheduled surveys and inspections to determine the level of improvements that the nursing home has made. The facility can only be removed from the watch list after many years of proving how significant changes made to the policies/procedures in providing care has significantly increased the quality of life of the resident.

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