Today’s New York Times featured an article on a new, and quickly spreading, effort to deinstitutionalize nursing homes by changing their physical structure. Instead of occupying a vast hospital-like building, these new nursing homes are made up of clusters of arts-and-crafts style houses called “Green Houses.” Each Green House is home to approximately ten residents. [...]
Last week, the MacArthur foundation announced this year’s winners of their $500,000 grants (commonly known as their “genius grants”). One of the recipients, Marie-Therese Connolly, is a lawyer who has devoted her life to combating elder abuse and neglect. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law right here in Boston, Connolly was working in [...]
Last week, I blogged about how Pointoflaw, a tort reform website run by the Manhattan Institute think tank, misleadingly (to my mind) described a $28 million jury verdict against a nursing home. My post received the attention of Eric Turkewitz and his New York Personal Injury Law Blog, who included it in a link roundup. [...]
I’ve blogged previously about how misleading some of the blog posts on tort reform websites are – how their synopses of cases get it all wrong. This is doubly true when you see a link roundup of cases on one of these websites – one sentence summaries of cases followed by links. The latest instance [...]
The Globe and Herald report today on another alleged incident of nursing home abuse, this one involving the Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley Hills. The main allegations are that a male certified nursing assistant used his position to commit indecent assault and batteries upon vulnerable female patients.
Today’s Boston Herald features a great set of investigative articles by reporter Jessica Fargen that detail the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect in Massachusetts. In recent inspections, nearly forty percent of Massachusetts nursing homes were judged substandard under federal regulations. With 45,000 Massachusetts seniors living in nursing homes and that number growing, the [...]
USA Today ran a great article yesterday on nursing home quality. Their investigation found, somewhat surprisingly, that nonprofit nursing homes provide better care than for-profit homes. So, nursing home care seems to be one of those few areas in life where you don’t necessarily get what you pay for. Upon reflection, the results aren’t so [...]