In June 2019, a New Jersey nursing home case in which 11 children died due to a disease outbreak the previous year reached a resolution. In the fall of 2018, adenovirus infected 36 residents and one staff member. This disease displays flu-like symptoms but is significantly harder to treat.
We understand it’s not always an easy decision to place our loved one in a nursing home. Yet when a family member’s care becomes too much or too expensive, this move can be the best choice for many American families.
Nursing home residents across the country are susceptible to abuse and negligence. Oftentimes, these incidents can be the unfortunate result of understaffing and overworked employees. Yet, putting our elderly in danger under any circumstance is unacceptable. Approximately 40 nursing homes in Connecticut were cited and fined for lapses in care in 2018 alone. What occurred in some of these instances?
As the 2018 hurricane season nears its end, the need for adequate disaster preparedness at nursing homes continues to become more evident. News coverage highlights the plight of residents needing to evacuate and later returning to destroyed homes and possessions. This time last year, AARP pointed out how storms and inconsistent disaster preparedness surrounding these events lead to unnecessary deaths.
Over the past couple years, federal government organizations covering nursing home care have pledged to closely monitor and reduce antipsychotic usage. According to a 2018 Human Rights Watch report, related figures started to drop between 2011 and 2016, but off-label usage continues to persist.