Society glorifies people who never give up. Their heroic struggles end in professional, financial or personal success. We’re told that quitters never win and we should go down fighting. Though that attitude is key to getting ahead during our lives, for many of us in Maryland we need to switch gears as we approach the end of our lives. The focus should be on the quality of life, not just on lengthening it, and that’s where hospice comes in.
Hospice care provides medical services, emotional and spiritual support for those in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure, with the goal of keeping a person comfortable and improving the quality of life. A critical, but often overlooked, part of hospice care is the support it also provides to family members who need to manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. These programs offer services in a home, a hospice center, nursing homes, long-term care facilities or hospitals.
We all need to make decisions about our medical treatment. For many people facing serious health threats that won’t be resolved with a happy ending, hospice care is a way to pivot from battling a condition or disease to living the best life possible for as long as possible. The goal isn’t a mathematical gain in weeks or months of a person’s life, but how well lived that remaining time can be.
Depending on the person and his or her health conditions, hospice care for people who are terminally ill may actually give a better chance at a longer (and better) life compared to active treatment where patients are treated with potentially highly toxic drugs with serious side effects, while the person spends his or her limited time in a hospital setting where infections are common.
One of the most stressful parts of coping with a terminal illness is the fact that what may have been a very ordered, organized life turns to chaos. The person loses control of virtually everything in their lives, and in a hospital setting it’s very easy to lose control of your medical treatment, too. Hospice puts the patient in control. He or she sets the priorities and states what medical care is and is not wanted.
There are few, if any, of us who want to spend our last days in a hospital. We want to be home, in a place where we feel comfortable, safe and secure, ideally with friends and family members. As a result many people get hospice care at home, often with the help of home health aides or people hired to perform chores and housekeeping while family members focus on caring for their loved one.
While the hospice movement has greatly improved the quality of life of those who are terminally ill and helped family members cope with the impending loss of a loved one, there are also those who take advantage of this situation and seek personal gain. There are cases of neglect and abuse (especially financial abuse) of the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable, those who are dying, by employees of hospices and agencies who provide staff.
If you believe a family member was the victim of neglect or abuse while receiving hospice care in Maryland, contact our office. We can talk about the situation, the applicable laws, what types of damages may be sought and your legal options for obtaining compensation and justice. At the Law Offices of Roger S. Weinberg you’ll find compassionate support and experienced advocates to help your family through the tough times. Call 1-866-529-5839 today to schedule a free consultation.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. It can be a dangerous situation for anyone, but it’s especially grave to those who are older, disabled or have other medical conditions. It’s not unusual for Maryland nursing home residents to suffer from sepsis, often because the underlying infection isn’t treated properly, setting the stage for sepsis.
April 4th, 2017 by Attorney Roger Weinberg
It’s not often that a government entity sues a nursing home operator for how they treat their residents, which is why private lawsuits like the ones we file for our clients are usually the only way for residents and their families to try to obtain justice. But one operator’s ongoing treatment of residents was so blatantly wrong that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sued it in December.
Future Care is a Pasadena-based, family-owned operator of 14 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Maryland. Its first one, in Pineview, opened in 1986, and the company now employs about 3,800 people. Future Care provides dialysis, short-stay rehabilitation, ventilator care and skilled nursing facilities.
A major problem for Maryland nursing homes, and for their residents, is when inhabitants wander and the physical and mental injuries that can result. If a resident is able to leave the premises or enter an area of the building that isn’t safe, it’s a sign the nursing home may be negligent; e.g., the resident isn’t being properly supervised or doors to the outside or to areas limited to employees aren’t locked or alarmed. These facilities have an obligation to keep residents safe.
March 30th is designated as National Doctor’s Day, and it’s meant to bring attention to the role physicians play in our lives. They’re especially important to those living in Maryland’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities who need more attention because of their health conditions and age.
February 16th, 2017 by Attorney Roger Weinberg
February 17 is National Caregivers Day, a day to remember and honor all those who care for people who are too disabled by age, disease or physical condition to care for themselves. In addition to professionals (who are paid not nearly enough in most cases), there are the friends, family members and relatives across Maryland who make life livable for those truly in need.
February 16th, 2017 by Attorney Roger Weinberg
I feel honored when someone decides that I’m the right attorney for them, and I understand that this is a very serious responsibility.
Sava Senior Care is one of the country’s largest operators of nursing homes. This Atlanta-based corporation operates through “affiliated entities,” so you may not know they’re involved in a facility because you may not find their name on the sign. Sava’s size doesn’t necessary translate to appropriate care for residents. It operates ten facilities in Maryland, according to its website: (more…)
January 25th, 2017 by Attorney Roger Weinberg
To avoid nursing home abuse and neglect you should take steps to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible and avoid becoming a nursing home resident. Many residents were discharged from hospitals after treatment for diseases or injuries and sent to Maryland nursing homes because they couldn’t safely be discharged back home. A large number of the elderly are in nursing homes due to injuries from falls.