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Survey: Adult Children Spending Retirement Savings on Elderly Parents

A survey conducted by financial services group PNC sheds light on an unsettling trend in eldercare: one-third of Americans who are caregivers for an aging parent will spend at least 10 percent of their retirement savings to manage their care. Published in the fall 2014 Perspectives on Retirement survey, these…

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Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Residents at Watertown Nursing Home

Thomas Spiess, 64, was charged with two counts of fourth degree sexual assault, as well as two counts of intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted. Several residents at Golden Living Center in Watertown, WI, told police that they had…

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Iowa Receives “F” in Quality of Care Survey

A recent survey conducted by Families for Better Care, a Florida-based advocacy group, gave the state of Iowa an F grade in a recent report on nursing home quality of care. The report cited five deaths and several injuries in nine nursing homes throughout the state as part of the…

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Assisted Living Facility Employees Photograph Elderly Residents Naked

Two Brookview Meadows employees are facing criminal charges after taking nude or semi-nude photos of elderly residents and then sharing those photos with others via cellphones. Michelle Bulger and Ashley Schaumburg, both certified nursing assistants, face felony charges after filming one resident bathing and another dealing with a bowel obstruction. Each…

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Iowa Nursing Home Administrator Faces Sanctions

Susan Julifs, former administrator at the Pomeroy Care Center in Pomeroy, Iowa, faces a charge of professional incompetence from the Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators. The board says that Julifs should have known resident William Cubbage posed a threat to other residents and that she failed to protect those…

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Georgia Man Defrauds Medicare & Medicaid of $32 Million

An Atlanta nursing home owner and his wife have been convicted on charges to defraud the Medicare and Medicaid programs by billing them for “worthless services” in the operation of three deficient nursing homes. George Dayln Houser, 63, of Atlanta, ran two nursing homes (Mount Berry and Moran Lake) in…

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Voluntary Nursing Home Improvement Plan Disappoints

CMA Alert Many nursing facilities that are identified by the federal government as among the facilities providing the poorest quality of care to residents in the country – the Special Focus Facilities (SFFs) – participate in the nursing home industry’s voluntary quality improvement campaign, Advancing Excellence in Americas Nursing Homes….

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Seniors May Get Incorrect Meds From Nursing Homes

HealthDay reported a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggesting that nearly 40 percent of American seniors who receive medical care from a home health agency take at least one prescription drug that is potentially unsafe or ineffective for them, which is a rate nearly three times higher…

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Iowa Agency Finds No Fault In Nursing Home Assault Due to Lack of Witnesses

One of the saddest stories youll read An Albia care facility where a resident was allegedly sexually assaulted will not be penalized by the state for failing to monitor residents, investigate their injuries or address threatening behavior. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which regulates nursing homes, says that…

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For-Profit Nursing Homes More Likely to Overbill Medicare

For-profit nursing home companies led by Kindred Healthcare Inc. and Sun Healthcare Group Inc. are likelier than non-profit counterparts to overbill Medicare for the costliest services, according to a U.S. government report. Medicare should investigate instances in which companies keep patients longer, charge more for care and classify clients for…

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