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Jeff Pitman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Santa Fe Nursing Home on Behalf of Victim's Estate

On Monday, the son of a former resident of Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home and the former director. The lawsuit claims the facility was negligent in caring for the victim's father… Read More

What Causes Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Nursing home abuse is a shocking form of mistreatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Victims and their families often wonder how such things happen. There are actually many factors that make nursing home abuse more likely. These… Read More

Assisted Living Facilities Struggle to Provide Care for Dementia Patients

The fastest-growing group of assisted living residents is those with different types of dementia, like Alzheimer's. This is partly because these facilities have marketed themselves to these kinds of patients. However, an analysis of inspection records… Read More

Severe Neglect at Nursing-Home Chain Run by Private-Equity Firm, the Carlyle Group

The Washington Post analyzed inspection records from the second-largest nursing-home chain in the nation, HCR ManorCare, and found that tens of thousands of residents were exposed to serious health risks. The chain went bankrupt in March, even though… Read More

Report Finds Blatant Disregard for Safety at Veterans Nursing Home in Massachusetts

In the spring, staff members at a Brockton, Massachusetts veterans nursing home knew federal investigators were coming to look for signs patients were being neglected. However, that did not stop some staff members from going to sleep during their shifts. Sleeping… Read More

Report in the Journal Gerontology Says Neglect Twice as Likely in For-Profit Nursing Homes

The journal Gerontology just released a report about health issues at for-profit nursing facilities. Researchers discovered the likelihood of residents suffering health issues because of poor care was nearly twice as high compared to residents of not-for-profit… Read More

Senior Living Resident Awarded $3.6 Million in Lawsuit Over Biting and Assault by Another Resident

A jury awarded $3 million in punitive damages to a 76-year-old senior living resident with dementia who was bitten and assaulted by another resident of Peregrine Senior Living in Aurora, Colorado. The Arapahoe County jury also awarded $600,000 in punitive… Read More

Jeff Pitman and Katherine E. Metzger's Article on Nursing Home Abuse Featured in NAELA Journal Online

October is Residents' Rights Month, a great time to learn more about the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect and the law designed to protect residents from abuse and neglect. PKSD partner Jeffrey A. Pitman and attorney Katherine E. Metzger wrote… Read More

Residents' Rights Month Emphasizes Importance of Residents Knowing Their Rights

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care has designated the month of October as Residents' Rights Month. The goal is to honor all residents of long-term care facilities and promote awareness of dignity, respect and the rights of every resident. Long-term… Read More

New Study Shows Drug Given Every 18 Months Lowers Risk of Fractures in Older Women

A new study found that the bone-strengthening drug Reclast greatly lowered the risk of fractures in older women when administered through an IV every 18 months. This is encouraging news for older women because they are at greater risk of broken bones,… Read More

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