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COVID-19 Effects Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study that was published this past July found that there actually could be a direct link between COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s disease. This study examined over 6 million electronic health records of men and women over the age of 65 in great detail. While researchers did not think that the results showed COVID-19 specifically…

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Drugging Nursing Home Residents Is Abusive – and Common

In May of 2019, Barbara Lovenstein died from health complications due to being routinely drugged with Ativan by the staff at Eskaton Fountain Wood, a nursing home in Sacramento, California. Lovenstein was admitted for short-term rehabilitation and was only supposed to receive Ativan for seizures. The nursing home dosed her every day at 6AM. She…

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The Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021

A group of Democratic Senators introduced legislation on August 10, that aims to improve the quality of care nursing home residents receive and provide oversight of nursing homes. The bill proposes changes regarding nursing home staffing, monitoring and enforcement, to the website Care Compare managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and many…

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Which Nursing Home Complaints Are the Most Serious?

All residents of nursing homes have some complaints. Many complaints are the ones everyone has – the soup’s too cold, why don’t you have this publication, or my closets could be bigger. Some complaints are unique to seniors who may be more sensitive to weather, loneliness, and problems due to ill health. Other complaints require…

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Chicago Nursing Homes and COVID-19

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are suffering due to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Seniors are at high risk of contracting the disease from other seniors, from visitors, from vendors, and from the staff. All nursing working home workers are also at high risk. The dangers of death are due to the residents…

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Understaffed Nursing Homes Need to Address the Deadly Sepsis Problem

Sepsis is killing elderly nursing home residents in Illinois because of understaffing, which leads to patient neglect. The Chicago Tribune and Kaiser Health News conducted an investigation which tracked infection-related deficiencies and staffing levels in Illinois nursing homes. Definitive Healthcare, a private health care data firm, examined the data related to nursing home residents who…

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