"Assisted living" is supposed to be a better alternative than a regular nursing home for senior citizens who cannot live alone. However, an analysis by the Plain Dealer determined that regulations in Ohio that govern assisted living facility seem to be poorly designed, outdated and not up to the task of keeping residents safe.
Two new studies show that nursing home abuse is being underreported in Ohio and the rest of the U.S. Both have been published by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The trend here should be of concern to everyone because when abuse is not reported, it cannot be investigated and tracked.
Drug theft in nursing homes is a big problem -- although nobody knows exactly how big. After all, nursing homes aren't exactly eager to advertise the fact that nurses and aides are able to divert drugs away from their patients so easily.
An incoming government administration may not only create new regulations; it may enforce existing regulations in a different way. Both methods of change can have a substantial impact for the entities regulated as well as the people the law is intended to protect. Some nursing homes in Ohio may be noticing a change in government policy by the Trump administration.
A male resident of an Ohio nursing home in Oakwood Village died after accidentally setting himself on fire while smoking.
Seven employees of a Columbus nursing home, including a nurse practitioner, have been charged with an assortment of crimes related to the death of one resident and the neglect of another.
How much "quality of care" can a nursing home be providing residents if it isn't paying its utility bills and isn't doing the basics to keep its residents safe from assault by other residents?
Many people in Ohio may have serious concerns about placing their parents or other elderly loved ones in a nursing home due to the potential for abuse. This is of particular concern as elder abuse often goes unreported, even after people see evidence that older people are being mistreated or neglected. In September 2018, state law changed to require many more groups of people to report elder abuse if they witness suspicious incidents. Among those required to report abuse include lawyers, physicians, counselors and employees of nursing homes and hospitals. However, ambulance drivers, accountants, real estate brokers, bank employees and financial planners are now also required to report abuse.
An Ohio family is seeking answers about the treatment an elderly relative received in a Colerain nursing home after she nearly died of complications associated with a pressure ulcer.
A 32-year-old licensed practical nurse in Ohio was found guilty at trial for her role in the death -- and subsequent cover-up -- of a 76-year-old nursing home resident. The elderly resident was found frozen to death outside of the nursing home after wandering off, her absence going undetected for hours despite protocols that were supposed to protect her.