DHHS: 25% of Nursing Home Abuse Cases not Reported

Over One Quarter of Nursing Home Abuse Cases Not Reported to Police, Says Department of Health and Human Services An ongoing investigation by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services has released an alert to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that more needs to be done to identify cases of abuse. …

Deep Tissue V. Pressure Injury

In nursing home negligence the nursing home often will try to argue that pressure ulcers are actually deep tissue injuries. This argument is essentially a claim that the injury was caused by something other than pressure building up on the area. This however is a very flawed argument, as deep tissue injuries and pressure ulcers are essentially the same thing. …

Pressure Ulcers Preventable

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel defines pressure ulcers as “localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.”[1] Elders in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to these injuries due to their age and propensity to be in bed or a wheelchair for extended periods.[2]These …

Pressure Sores And Their Common Sites

Despite the ease of prevention, pressure sores are a common occurrence for many nursing home residents. This is because they are older, and often confined to their bed.[1] Treatment of these injuries is not difficult. Repositioning bed-bound residents every two hours can often effectively combat their development.[2] Pressure relieving methods such as pillows and foam padding can help too.[3] Examinations …

Stages of Sacral Pressure Ulcers

Sacral Pressure Ulcers are a troubling reality for many elders in nursing homes. Bed-bound elders are at the highest risk, but the risk can be mitigated with steps such as examinations, repositioning every two hours, and other measures to mitigate pressure (extra foam on mattresses). These sores can grow progressively worse as time goes on if not treated. They have …

Stages of Heel Decubitus Ulcers

Elders are sent to nursing homes when their families can no longer provide them with the care they need. Homes promise expert care and the ability to cater to the needs of each resident. They often accept Medicaid funds on a similar premise. Unfortunately they often fail to live up to the promised standard of care; both to the elder, …