Did you know that you could potentially be responsible for your parent's unpaid nursing home and assisted living bills? This may be a scary thought, but in many states with filial support laws, many families are faced with this problem.
It is not uncommon for elderly nursing home residents to be in poor health or in need of medical assistance. In some of these situations, an emergency room visit may be essential for that patient. However, an emergency room visit may also lead to infection in the nursing home later on.
In Mifflin County, a personal care home is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit. According to the news report, the Meadowview Manor home failed to keep the facility up to safe living standards, as well engaging in some financially questionable practices. The home, which housed more than 30 residents, is under fire for failing to provide adequate heat for its residents in the cold, maintain a working sewer and electrical system, keep smoke detectors running, and generally provide safe and sanitary conditions. To learn more, please click the link at the bottom of this post.
A Pennsylvania nursing home is under increased scrutiny after receiving complaints cockroaches, filthy conditions, and verbal abuse. According to a news report published by ABC27, a Columbia, PA nursing home called Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is providing substandard living conditions for its residents. Former employees complained to supervisors about masses of cockroaches in the kitchens, among other problems. After one employee was fired for speaking out, she posted a video on Facebook to show the conditions and warn the community about the problems. Former employees stated that they felt like the nursing home residents were not safe and were not being treated as human beings. At that same time, the nursing home was found out of compliance eight times in the period of one year, including allegations of maggots and dirty wheelchairs.
Believe it or not, social media harassment is becoming a significant problem for elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to a local report from ProPublica (in partnership with NPR) there has been a significant amount of Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram photos and videos posted by nursing home employees in recent years. These photos and videos highlight residents in compromising positions, such as being naked and/or abused, covered in excrement, or deceased. As a result, federal health officials have stated that they plan to crack down on these employees. One such measure they recommend is having a clear policy for all workers that prohibit staff from taking potentially demeaning pictures of their residents. Additionally, they are urging state officials to quickly investigate claims, report offenders, and recommend disciplinary action.
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The nursing home industry is one that is experiencing growth right now, since many aging Americans from the "baby boom" generation are beginning to retire and some decide to enter into nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With the boom in patients, nursing home are either hiring more attendants or giving attendants longer work hours. Unfortunately, nursing homes also have a high turnover rate for employees.