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Episiotomy Complications After Childbirth As more women speak up about their pregnancy challenges, share delivery stories and post-partum struggles, many are starting to let their doctors know that the unnecessary episiotomy they performed during childbirth has created lasting injuries and made sexual intercourse painful if not impossible. The American Pregnancy Association identifies these situations in which an episiotomy may be needed for any of the following reasons: Birth is imminent and the perineum hasn’t had time to stretch slowly The baby’s head is too large for the vaginal opening The baby is in distress The mother needs a forceps or…
Nursing Home’s Failed Disaster Response Resulted in 12 Resident Deaths  Four former employees at the Florida nursing home plagued with power outages from Hurricane Irma will be held responsible for the 12 residents who died from heat-related injuries and illnesses in 2017. The deceased were all residents at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and ranged in age 57 to 99. The employees, of which three were nurses and one a facility administrator, failed to do their basic duty to protect life and never dialed 911 for evacuation help. The company responsible for restoring power to the home released a statement…
Lawmakers Will Soon Vote on the FAIR Act to Stop Forced Arbitration  Americans have the right of a jury trial unless forced to agree otherwise in the form of an arbitrary clause contractually. These agreements have found their way into all of our employment, consumer, franchise and even medical contracts. Once used as a tool for businesses to solve their disputes, forced arbitration has become a greedy and ruthless tactic, dangerous to consumers. Just this week, the full House of Representatives is set to vote on the FAIR Act, H.R. 1423. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson…
Forced and Often Rigged, Arbitration Only Helps Companies Some companies practice forced arbitration by removing its consumers and workers right to file a claim in a public court through formal, signed agreements. As defined by the American Bar Association, arbitration is “a private process where disputing parties agree that one or several individuals can make a decision about the dispute after receiving evidence and hearing arguments.” Similar to what happens in a trial, those involved will present their case along with evidence to the arbitrator. But parties may not have to follow state or federal rules of evidence. Likewise, the…
Air Force Veteran Dies in Nursing Home, Covered in Ant Bites Our team of nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys is again frustrated to hear of another veteran left in immediate danger in a Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing home regulated by the Federal government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Joel Marrable, a Vietnam War veteran, had taken up residence at the Eagles’ Nest Community Living Center and was dependent on the Atlanta, Georgia VA Medical Center for his daily living and ongoing medical needs. The 74-year-old veteran of the Air Force had been battling cancer before he recently died in…
New Report Suggests Nursing Home Providers Should Help Reduce Choking Hazards Present with Popular Dietary Supplements  A new Federal Drug Administration (FDA) report published in the August issue of Annals of Internal Medicine says adults aged 65 years and older are more likely to choke on dietary supplements than are younger adults. The group most impacted by the hazard includes those living in nursing homes or assisted living centers. The research shows multivitamins and calcium tablets, and pills larger than 17 mm in length, can create the highest related adverse choking injuries to elderly residents. Because there is no oversight for…
Nursing Home Chaplain Agrees to Guilty Plea Deal in Sex Abuse Case The Good Samaritan Home of Quincy is a place for residents to live independently but also provides environments for assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, and dementia care. On Thursday, August 29, a former chaplain of the home James E. Riley, appeared in court to waive his right to a jury trial after a case was opened accusing him of sexually abusing two residents of the nursing home. The victims are ages 88 and 78, and the assaults are said to have happened at the Good Samaritan…
Toxic E-Cigarette Products Cause Deadly Respiratory Illness Outbreak and 1 Death in Illinois  As of September 5, 2019, health officials reported to The Washington Post that five people have now died of a lung illness linked to vaping with another 450 possible cases in 33 states and one territory known. E-cigarettes, which officials define as battery-operated devices that heat a liquid and deliver an aerosol product, are most commonly used to inhale nicotine but can also be used to deliver (vape) THC, CBD and certain types of oils. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released…
8 Things You Can Ask During a Routine Nursing Home Visit  Everyone hopes that your family has made the right choice in transitioning a loved one to the best Illinois nursing home that will meet their specific care needs and keep them safe. But validating that best home quality doesn’t just happen before you decide to place them there. Ongoing evaluations of a facility’s ability to give the constant care and supervision will be necessary, so your loved one will not be found neglected, abused, or forgotten. Before making any nursing home visits to see a loved one, we…
Dementia Residents Are Easy Targets for Nursing Home Abusers and Bullies For nursing home residents with dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, daily care is largely dependent on others. Nursing home workers of many types assist these patients in managing daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating, exercising, managing their medications, and even overseeing finances. Dementia patients require extra attention and guided support as they are naturally prone to higher personal injury rates, infection, and falls but also more likely to become a victim of abuse and neglect, have their privacy violated and also be bullied by both nursing…
Delays by Illinois’s Medicaid Program Creates Ongoing Demise of Non-Profit Nursing Home Operator and Its Former Residents  It has been nearly 12 months since Pleasant Hill Village in Girard was forced to close citing a lack of Medicaid funds and backlog of the payment reimbursement process as the cause. Last year, the state of Illinois admitted to the multi-million Medicaid eligibility delay that makes it difficult for long term care coverage applications to be processed and payments made to Illinois skilled nursing facility operators. Pleasant Hill Village is now declaring bankruptcy on the disruptions and inability to pay debts and…
What To Do If You See A Nursing Home Resident’s Rights Being Violated On Social Media  Nursing home employees are crucial in helping identify violators of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act, including the reporting of other workers who choose to document these violations on personal Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat accounts or through private text messages. A recent example of this ‘social showcase of abuse’ came through Levin & Perconti’s representation of a 91-year-old woman who was taunted, and her privacy violated by two care aides formerly employed by Abington of Glenview Nursing Home in Glenview. The workers, Brayan…
Nursing Home Top Executive Salaries Rise, Patient Care Need Left Unmet Nursing home ownership and management can be lucrative for some, but the resulting greed has been known to overpower fiscally responsible care decisions. While busy lining personal pockets, investing dollars back into the care system to support staff and resident well-being will too easily fall off the priority list allowing the resulting struggles to quickly emerge. Overworked nurses Underpaid and underqualified certified nurse’s assistants (CNAs) Maintenance and housekeeping staff become limited Lack of: rehabilitation services medical supplies resident nutrition access to specialists Resident abuse and neglect Also, profitable nursing…
Illinois Nursing Homes Named in Second Quarter Violators Report By IDPH The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released its second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators for 2019. This report dates April 2019 thru June 2019 and highlights 113 Illinois facilities cited for violations of the Nursing Home Care Act, a statute that provides nursing home residents and their families with the assurance that proper and safe care will be received. Facilities with violations in quarter two of 2019 include: Accolade Healthcare of Pontiac Alden Courts of Waterford Alden Estates of Northmoor Alden Estates of Orland Park Alden…
Aperion Care Fined After Dementia Resident Was Sexually Assaulted  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has fined an Aperion Care nursing home in Jacksonville $25,000 for an alleged resident-to-resident sexual assault. According to the state agency’s report of Illinois nursing home violators, an investigation found the facility to have failed at adequately assessing and identifying sexual vulnerability and resident-to-resident abuse. Here is what was found through IDPH’s report: The incident occurred March 9, 2019, at Aperion Care, located at 1021 N. Church St. in Jacksonville, Illinois. The assault involved two residents, a 72-year-old woman with dementia, and a…
Senators Blame Government Regulating Office for Growing Number of Nursing Home Deficiencies On Tuesday, July 23, bi-partisan members of the Senate Finance Committee, led by ranking committee member Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), once again raised alarming concerns over the rising amount of physical, verbal, mental and sexual abuse incidences occurring inside U.S. nursing homes. In addition, and not for the first time this year, confusion regarding the current lack of oversight role the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is playing, and funding needs to support sufficient resident-to-staff ratios were recognized and discussed at great length. Several lawmakers referenced…