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Wisconsin DHS Reclassifies 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

During the last two weeks, Wisconsin health officials have reclassified almost 1,000 COVID-19 deaths. These fatalities, previously recorded as occurring in an unknown housing setting, have now been correctly adjusted as deaths that occurred in long-term care facilities. What this reclassification of data means is that the state now reports…

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PKSD Newsletter: Systemic Failure Leads to Record COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes

When the pandemic hit last year, many were concerned about the welfare of frail and elderly residents being cared for in U.S. nursing homes. However, few had any idea just how quickly and deadly the virus would devastate the already crumbling long-term care system. This month’s PKSD Newsletter discusses the…

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Is Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Providing Acceptable Care?

Nursing homes have historically struggled to meet or maintain acceptable standards for residents under their care. Understaffing, abusive caregivers, financial fraud, medication errors and more are all too common problems at many long-term care facilities. Does this mean you should not place your loved one in long-term care? If your…

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Two-Week COVID-19 Vaccine Delay for Most Wisconsin Nursing Homes

Wisconsin state officials are hoping that the majority of nursing home residents will be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of January 2021. However, while many of the state’s hospitals will begin receiving these vaccinations on Monday, there could be at least a two-week delay for most Wisconsin nursing homes….

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Nursing Home Care Plans and Why They Matter to a Legal Claim

Nursing home care plans play a major role in helping to ensure the overall well-being of a resident. What can you do when a facility fails in this duty and that neglect causes a loved one to suffer an injury, medical illness or even death? Learn more about nursing home…

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What Duty of Care Do Nursing Homes Owe Residents Amid the Ongoing Pandemic?

Many states across the country have granted immunity from civil lawsuits to nursing homes and their staff. However, that does not mean those entrusting their loved ones to one of these facilities should have to accept substandard care. PKSD talks about the duty of care that nursing homes owe residents…

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Trapped Inside One Assisted Living Facility: We Don’t Know Who is Dead or Alive

 The pandemic has notably caused tens of thousands of deaths in nursing homes across the country. In one assisted living facility in Bronxwood, New York, the death toll started shortly after COVID-19 outbreaks began to be reported in the U.S., around March 2020. Residents noted that often after someone died,…

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Department of Health Services Releases Guidance for Safer Visits to Assisted Living Facilities

Unfortunately, many of the steps we have taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 have caused unintended physical and emotional consequences. For example, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have severely limited visits because the elderly are at higher risk of dying if they contract the virus. While this has…

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300 More Residents Died in Wisconsin Nursing Homes Than in Previous Month

Between October 12 and November 8, statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that 294 residents in Wisconsin nursing homes had died as a result of COVID-19. In the latest report to the federal government, nearly 300 of the state’s nursing home residents have died from…

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Report Card: Wisconsin and New Mexico Special Focus Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports most nursing homes today may have between six or more deficiencies. Keeping this in mind, how many deficiencies may result in a nursing home being classified as a Special Focus Facility (SFF)? What happens after they are placed on this list?…

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