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Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning....more

Nursing Home Costs Rise Sharply in 2017

The median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5 percent from 2016, according to Genworth's 2017 Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. Genworth...more

Mom Always Knew Best

"Amy, I really need to talk to you about something important." My mom said this to me weeks after we found out that her cancer, which she battled for over five years, had returned. My mom and I were very close and talked...more

Nursing Home Care — Who protects the most vulnerable?

Who protects the elderly citizen? A recent article in Law360 suggested that nursing home claims may rise in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home tragedy. The article seemed to downplay the...more

Florida Nursing Home Deaths Have Ripple Effects for Facilities Statewide

Hurricane Irma’s wrath knocked out power to much of Florida. At one South Florida senior rehabilitation center left in the dark, the generator was not powerful enough to sustain the air conditioning system, and a portable...more

Emergency Rules Requiring Generators in Florida ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As a result of Hurricane Irma, eight nursing home residents died after a power failure in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home. In the wake of that tragedy, on Sept. 18, 2017, Florida regulators published emergency rules...more

A Year Into the Elder Justice Task Force: Is Your Community a Target?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing its launch of ten Elder Justice Task Forces in the Northern District of California, Northern District of Georgia, District of Kansas, Western...more

Was a Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Avoidable?

Too many patients and not enough nurses, CNA’s or other care givers to properly treat them. Patients crying for assistance from too few staff. Tragically, patients die or are critically ill because someone wanted to...more

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Sibling Lawyer!

by Downey Brand LLP on

I’m a sibling lawyer. My career started early, as a middle child, and now continues as a Sacramento-based trust and estate litigation attorney. Most of my clients are grappling with sisters or brothers over the care and...more

Health Alert (Australia) 19 June 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 9 June 2017 - Health Services Union v St John of God Health Care [2017] FWC 2981 - Alleged dispute arising under an enterprise...more

Elder Abuse: Caregivers are susceptible to the stress

Dealing with an aging parent brings about an emotional anguish that is as sad as it is stressful. Depending on the level of care a loved one requires – does he or she need help doing the laundry and preparing a meal or...more

Elder Abuse: Who is doing it?

When the time comes that an aging family member needs full-time care, or more care than he or she is receiving, most eyes turn to a daughter or a son, or depending on the circumstances, a grandchild. Often, employment...more

Apology? In Litigation? Really?

by Varnum LLP on

Countless clients have begun our relationship with this simple statement. Why wouldn’t a person who caused an accident resulting in serious injury say this simple thing? There are a lot of reasons. First, the insurance...more

Elder Abuse: Signs, Symptoms You Can Identify

The mistreatment of the aged is a societal ill that, sadly, is unlikely to be cured soon. The statistics tell the story. By 2025, the global population of seniors (defined as those age 60 and older) will reach 1.2 billion....more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

The sandwich generation: A slice of life

If a person is pulled between the pressing needs of elderly parents and his or her own children, he or she is part of the “sandwich generation.” This position can lead to frustration, anguish and even financial loss. This...more

Insight on Estate Planning - June/July 2017

The sandwich generation: A slice of life - Do you feel like you’re pulled between the pressing needs of your elderly parents and your own children? If so, you’re part of the “sandwich generation,” the term coined to...more

Elder Abuse: Awareness Day Aims To End It

Neglect of the elderly, an all-too-often occurrence in nursing homes and other community settings, will take center stage June 15, 2017, during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day....more

Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes. The case involves two brothers who got into a fight over whether to place...more

Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety

A little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance. Short-term care insurance provides coverage for nursing home or home care for one year or...more

Congress is About to Take Away Your Rights

The U.S. Congress is fighting hard to take away your rights and the power of individual states to protect those rights. The influence of BIG BUSINESS over your elected representatives is being used protect careless and...more

A Contribution to Residents’ Quality of Life

People with Alzheimer’s and dementia often suffer from anxiety and agitation. One of the most effective means of dealing with those symptoms is therapy animals. The problem for ALFs and memory care facilities, however, is...more

Health Alert (Australia) March 6, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth . Administrative Appeals Tribunal 28 February 2017 - Nairn and National Disability Insurance Scheme...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 13, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 3 February 2017 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation v Royal Children's...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

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