Congress Concerned about High Number of Wandering Deaths in Assisting Living Facilities

The Senate Special Committee on Aging convened its first hearing on assisted living in two decades. Triggered by alarming reports of assisted living wandering/elopement-related deaths, the hearing saw rare bipartisan unity as leaders addressed issues such as facility safety, inconsistent regulations and reporting, and neglect. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) urged families to share their assisted […]

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Another Call for a Ban on Forced Arbitration

Yet another voice has joined the chorus of consumer advocates, lawyers, and journalists calling for a ban on forced arbitration in nursing home contracts. The editorial board of the New York Times has published a piece titled “Nursing Home Residents Still Vulnerable to Abuse.” In the article, the well-respected paper calls for an all-out ban […]

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Is the Nurse Taking Care of Mom a Criminal?

  When you entrust your loved ones to caregivers, how can you know whether they’re in safe hands? There’s no way to be sure unless the nursing home followed both state and federal law and conducted caregiver criminal history checks when hiring new nurses and aides. The Importance of Background Checks Our elderly — especially […]

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Home Health Care Keeping Healthy

When our family members need everyday assistance due to aging or disabilities, why wouldn’t we want them to be cared for in their own homes? Home has all the comforts and familiarity gathered over a lifetime, not to mention closeness to family and friends. That makes it hard for anyone to choose to live in […]

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Legislative and Case Law Updates

Cell Phone Usage While Driving In City of Cleveland v. English, 8th Dist. No. 92951, 2009-Ohio-5011 (Sept. 24, 2009), the court upheld a conviction against a defendant under Cleveland City Ordinance 431.34(c) for failure to give full attention to driving. The conviction was upheld based on testimony supplied by the ticketing officer that he observed […]

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Defeating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Are insurance companies satisfied with the litigation climate post-tort reform? Of course not! Mandatory arbitration clauses contained in many consumer contracts are the latest wave of tort reform storming the beaches. The insurance industry calculates its insureds will fare better with arbitrators than jurors; however, by including these clauses, it denies legal clients their Seventh […]

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