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Woman Works at LTC for Four Years With Fake Nursing Degree

An Iowa woman from Cedar Rapids was recently investigated after raising suspicion that she may have obtained her nursing diploma fraudulently. Using this fake nursing degree, state officials say she was able to get hired by one of the largest nursing home companies in Iowa. She continued to work at…

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Residents’ Rights Month 2023 and Handling Nursing Home Issues

October 2023 is Residents’ Rights Month, something that is very important to the legal team at PKSD where we are deeply dedicated to advocating for the elderly in nursing homes. What Is Residents’ Rights Month and Why Is it Important? Each year, Consumer Voice honors residents and the elderly everywhere,…

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Highlighting Residents’ Rights Throughout October

October is National Residents’ Rights Month. If you live in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of long-term care facility, you have certain legal rights. These rights define not just the medical care you should receive, but also your rights to make choices, the way you should…

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Iowa Nurse Accused of Stealing Nursing Home Residents’ Drugs

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is facing criminal charges for using her position of trust as an opportunity to steal prescribed medications from patients. The affected patients are residents at a Knoxville, Iowa nursing home. To gain access to the drugs, the accused Iowa nurse allegedly forged the signatures of…

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Five Iowa Nursing Homes Added to Nation’s List of Worst LTC Facilities

Multiple nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have been ranked among the worst nationwide in the past couple of years. The latest five Iowa care facilities to be added to this list include Aspire of Gowrie, Countryside Health Care Center, Iowa City Rehab & Health Care, Embassy Rehab and…

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Resident Complaints About Conditions at Senior Living Facilities Surging to New Highs

Far too many nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the U.S. have a long and problematic history with serious care issues. Unfortunately, it is the residents who suffer. In 2022 alone, the Department of Health Services (DHS) in Wisconsin had 2,284 complaints. However, the complaints are not just…

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Federal Look-Back Triggers Increased Fines Against Davenport Nursing Home

The Ivy at Davenport is a nursing home in Scott County with a long history of troubles. Last May, the DIA investigated the facility for 17 backlogged complaints, many of which dated back to July 2022. Following their investigation, state inspectors substantiated 12 of the 17 complaints. They also determined…

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Eastern Iowa County Leading the State With Most Home Health Violations

The Iowa County Public Health Department was reviewed by state inspectors last year, and the resulting findings put the agency in the spotlight, but not in a good way. After state inspectors concluded their review, the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) assessed the home health agency with 37 total…

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Arbor Court of Mount Pleasant, Aspire of Primghar Added to List of Nation’s Worst Nursing Homes

Arbor Court of Mount Pleasant is one of two Iowa nursing homes recently added to the Special-Focus Facilities list. This list includes the worst-performing long-term care facilities in the nation. The Special Focus Facility designation comes after two residents died between January 2022 and December 2022. The Centers for Medicare…

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Prestige Care Center Cited for 19 Violations; Owner Accused of Defrauding Taxpayers

State regulators have cited a southern Iowa nursing home for 19 regulatory violations. The facility is also partially owned by someone who has been accused of fraud. The facility, Prestige Care Center, was cited for multiple medication errors. For example, it was recently revealed that a nurse put tap water…

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