Nursing Home

Elder Care Facilities: Complaints, Concerns abound in Oregon

September 29, 2017 | By Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP

Authored by Holly Martinez Recently, in an investigate series, the Oregonian reported that nine out of 10 senior care facilities had more complaints from residents and family members than the state‚Äôs database let on. Elder abuse and neglect is a growing problem in Oregon. If you or a loved one have been subject to unfair […]

Elder Abuse: A Growing Problem in Oregon

August 17, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Authored by Ashley McDonald, J.D. In Oregon, those sixty-five years of age or older are considered elders. As the number of elderly residents rises, so do reports of elder abuse. In 2014 alone there were 30,000 reports of elder abuse in Oregon. Elders are an especially vulnerable segment of society due to being perceived by […]

Oregon legislature is considering more resources to protect the elderly.

April 9, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

by Kristen West McCall This term, the Oregon legislature is considering applying more public support to help fight elder abuse in the criminal arena. The proposal would allow a shift in funding for the Oregon Department of Justice to create a full time position to help state criminal prosecutors bring charges against perpetrators of elder […]

Class-Action Lawsuit Against Largest Nursing Home Provider in California

October 22, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Brius Healthcare Services, California’s largest provider of nursing homes and its owner, Shlomo Rechnitz are being sued in a class-action lawsuit for violation of resident’s rights, fraud and unfair business practices. The lawsuit alleges dozens of claims of chronic understaffing and “actual or suspected abuse or neglect.” It seeks to make the nursing home provider […]

Most nursing homes can’t meet new recommended standards.

September 10, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Many nursing homes do not have the proper amount of staffing or training to adequately assist their elderly patients. With rising reports of elders suffering from bedsores, infections, and falls in nursing homes; there is national concern that the current standard for assisted living is too low. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day! According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, about 5 million elderly persons are abused, neglected, and exploited annually. At least $2.6 billion are lost by the elderly each year because of financial abuse and exploitation. Elder abuse can happen to […]

Nursing Homes are required to have sprinklers.

October 2, 2013 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

In 2003, a fire at the Greenwood Health Center in Connecticut killed 16 people. That same year, 15 residents were killed by a fire at the NHC Healthcare Center in Tennessee. What these two incidents had in common was that they were both in nursing homes. A fire in a nursing home is terrifying for […]

Nursing Home Aide Charged with Manslaughter after Dropping an Elderly Patient

August 7, 2013 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

As of July 17, 2013 family members of deceased Sinia Malone, a nursing home resident, are speaking out. In early 2012, a nurse’s aide at Tarrytown Hall Care Center dropped a resident, Ms. Malone, when the nurse’s aide attempted to lift her from her wheelchair, despite a mandatory procedure requiring two nurses and a mechanical […]

Knowing the Rights and Wrongs of Nursing Homes: Making an educated decision about your loved ones well-being

June 7, 2013 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Making the decision to send a loved one into a nursing home or care facility is never easy. We may struggle with deciding what is best for them; how much care will they receive? Who will make sure they take their medication? What will happen when I am not there? These are a few of […]

New Report Finds that seniors 60 and Older are Most Likely to Die from Bedrails

December 7, 2012 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

A report published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there had been 155 deaths from January 2003 to September 2011 involving bedrails. 126 of these deaths were with adults 60 years or older. The information was gathered from death certificates and hospital emergency room visits. Of the 155 deaths, 61% of them occurred […]