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Hidden-Camera Footage Shows a Veteran's Callous Death

James Dempsey fell unconscious; later, laughter is heard

(Newser) - In a video deposition, Wanda Nuckles answered questions about the 2014 death of a patient under her watch in the affirmative: Yes, she began doing chest compressions on 89-year-old James Dempsey after being told he had stopped breathing at the Georgia nursing home where she was a nursing supervisor. Yes,... More »

Before Residents Died, Nursing Home Asked Governor for Help

Those messages were deleted off Gov. Rick Scott's cellphone

(Newser) - At least 11 people have died since Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning at their Florida nursing home . Florida Gov. Rick Scott ended funding for The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and suspended its license in the wake of the deaths. Now CBS Miami reports four voicemail messages left... More »

Dead Woman Had Temp of 109.9 in Nursing Home Tragedy

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has had license suspended

(Newser) - As far as euphemisms go, "resting in bed" is an extreme one. That's how a staffer at the Florida nursing home where eight people died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning described an 84-year-old in a entry made in the patient's log—after the patient had... More »

Report: Abuse at Nursing Homes Often Unknown to Police

28% of incidents go unreported: government audit

(Newser) - More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office issued an "... More »

SD Needlessly Dumps Thousands Into Nursing Homes: DOJ

Feds may sue the state

(Newser) - The Justice Department may be gearing up to sue the state of South Dakota after a report released Monday found thousands of people with disabilities that could potentially be managed at home are being relegated to nursing homes or other long-term-care facilities instead, the New York Times reports. This most... More »

Big Problem: Explicit Photos of Nursing Home Residents

Social media may be contributing to a rise in cases

(Newser) - An elderly nursing home resident sits on a toilet with her pants below her knees. A 97-year-old woman is struck lightly in the face with a nylon strap by a nursing home assistant as the woman cries out, "Don't!" Elderly residents of a care facility are coached... More »

Family Sues Over Male Stripper at Nursing Home

Son of resident finds photo

(Newser) - A lawsuit claims an elderly woman was subjected to an unwanted performance by a male stripper when she was living at a New York nursing home. The lawsuit was filed by relatives of the 85-year-old former patient at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, on Long... More »

We've Got a Choice: Schools or Nursing Homes?

Robert Samuelson doesn't think our economy is strong enough to pay pensions

(Newser) - If anyone tries to tell you that Detroit's bankruptcy is an isolated incident, "don't be fooled," writes Robert Samuelson at the Washington Post . The truth is that for governments across the country, "the scramble for scarce resources is intensifying. Schools compete with nursing homes."... More »

US Sues Florida Over Kids Kept in Nursing Homes

DOJ suit says 200 kids with disabilities in nursing homes shouldn't be there

(Newser) - The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Florida yesterday, accusing the state of unnecessarily institutionalizing about 200 children with disabilities in six nursing homes around the state; the suit argues the kids don't need to be there and could benefit from care at home or elsewhere in the community.... More »

Deadly Nursing Home Fire Caused By Meth Lab

Ohio blaze began in resident's room

(Newser) - Ohio fire officials responding to a routine nursing home fire found a most unusual cause behind the blaze: A secret meth lab in the room of a nursing home resident. The blaze in Ashtabula, Ohio, killed one person and injured five others, investigators say. "When we first started to... More »

Joplin Tornado Killed 11 at Single Nursing Home

NWS says it was a rare and powerful 'multivortex' tornado

(Newser) - At least 11 people were killed at one Joplin nursing home by the tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri city, the home's operator said today. Bill Mitchell, who operates Greenbriar nursing home on the city's south side, said 10 residents and a staff member were among the victims... More »

Nursing Homes, Big Pharma Overmedicating Seniors

Residents with dementia get antipsychotics, boosting death risk: US report

(Newser) - Nursing homes are treating dementia sufferers with powerful antipsychotics despite FDA advice to the contrary, according to a Health and Human Services report spotted by Pro Publica . The FDA began requiring antipsychotics to carry warning labels in 2005 stating the increased death risk they pose for dementia patients. But 88%... More »

Shocking Facility Elder Abuse Caught on Tape

Hidden camera catchers workers hitting, taunting dementia patient

(Newser) - Three workers at a nursing home in Pennsylvania have been arrested after being caught on tape hitting and mocking an elderly woman who suffers from dementia. Relatives of the 78-year-old woman installed a hidden camera after officials at the home rejected their suspicions that she was being abused, ABC News... More »

94-Year-Old Beaten to Death in Nursing Home

By his 81-year-old roommate

(Newser) - Authorities say an 81-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly beating to death his 94-year-old roommate at an Orange County nursing home. According to police, William McDougall allegedly took a bar used to hang clothes from a closet, and used it to repeatedly strike his roommate,... More »

Germany OKs Assisted Suicide in Some Cases

Euthanasia with patients' consent permitted, court rules

(Newser) - A German court made a landmark ruling in favor of euthanasia today, overturning the conviction of a lawyer who’d advised a family to cut a comatose relation’s feeding tube. The patient, 71-year-old Erika Kuellmer, had made it clear she didn’t want to be kept alive if she... More »

Can a Robot Seal Really Take Care of Grandma?

Paro raises ethical concerns

(Newser) - Is Paro—the adorable robotic seal designed to comfort the elderly—the best thing to happen to solitary seniors since the Clapper, or a tasteless substitute for human attention? Manufactured in Japan and recently cleared in the US as a Class 2 medical device, the $6,000 robot is intended... More »

Autopsy Shows 100-Year-Old Was Murdered

Nursing home resident Elizabeth Barrow found strangled

(Newser) - A Massachusetts medical examiner has ruled the death of a 100-year-old nursing home patient a homicide by strangulation. Elizabeth Barrow was found dead in her room Sept. 24, with a plastic bag over her head and no obvious signs of struggle, a law enforcement source tells the Standard-Times of New... More »

Journos Sign Shields' Mom Out of Nursing Home

Enquirer accused of looking for scoop

(Newser) - An outraged Brooke Shields says a pair of tabloid reporters hungry for a story checked her mother, a dementia sufferer, out of a nursing home earlier this week, People reports. Shields says police informed her that two National Enquirer reporters posing as her mother's friends signed her out of the... More »

Save Some Outrage for Gun Violence

Wall St. malfeasance is a crisis—but so is shooting epidemic

(Newser) - We look back at witch hunts and slavery with shame and consternation, but after reading about our recent spate of gun violence, future historians will regard us as similarly misguided, Cynthia Tucker writes for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “These mass shootings are a form of madness, but what’s even... More »

NC Gunman's Wife Worked at Rampage Scene

(Newser) - The wife of the man charged with killing 8 yesterday worked at the North Carolina nursing home he chose for his murderous rampage, the New York Times reports. Local police said gunman Robert Stewart was likely separated from Wanda Luck, but declined to say if she was in the building... More »

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