CA Nursing Homes: The Problem of Malnutrition and Dehydration

CA Nursing Homes: The Problem of Malnutrition and Dehydration

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Elderly and infirm residents of nursing homes are at an increased risk for malnutrition and dehydration for a myriad of reasons, most significantly because they frequently cannot monitor their own intake of food and water. A study done in 2000 by the Commonwealth Fund found that at least 1/3 of our nation’s nursing home residents […]

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Is There a Relationship Between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes?

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A study published March 31, 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine attempts to examine the relationship between Quality of Care Indicators in Nursing Homes and the risk of a lawsuit. The report concluded that nursing homes with more deficiencies and with more serious deficiencies had higher odds of being sued. The odds of […]

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California Nursing Homes: Be Wary of Toxic Medicine: The Law (Part 3 of 3)

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In prior posts, I talked about the use of psychoactive medications in nursing homes, the principles of informed consent, and the ban on using these medications as a “chemical restraint”. This post will cover the other regulations governing nursing homes and the circumstances under which they can or cannot use psychoactive medications. No unnecessary drugs. […]

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