Category: Nursing Homes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…)

Society’s acceptance of those who are lesbians, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) has improved over the years, but that improvement hasn’t been seen in every nursing home and assisted living facility. Many in this community fear they can’t be themselves if they need to move into a Maryland long-term care facility as they age.

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Some Maryland nursing homes are more concerned about their bottom line than the treatment of their residents. Many residents are discharged before they’re capable of caring for themselves or before they can be placed in an appropriate facility because they simply can’t pay for their care or Medicare payment stops.
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Genesis HealthCare is the largest provider of nursing home and assisted living services in the country. Its website states it operates more than 500 facilities nationwide. The company calls itself “the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services from short-term to long-term and a wide variety of living options and professional clinical services.” Though the company may consider itself a “leader,” the fact is that many of its nursing home residents needlessly suffer due to neglect by its staff.
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Virtually every nursing home in Maryland and across the country takes Medicare or Medicaid payments. The federal government has issued a rule stating that any facility which accepts this funding can’t force families into arbitration and prevent them from taking legal claims to court. Though a legal challenge by the nursing home industry may derail the rule, if it remains as is, it’s a major victory for nursing home residents and their families. (more…)

HCR Manorcare

September 28th, 2016 by Attorney Roger Weinberg

HCR Manorcare is one of the nation’s largest operators of nursing homes. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. If a loved one is being cared for by Manorcare and has suffered injuries due to neglect or abuse, we may be able to help. (more…)

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