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Nursing home staff members plead guilty to misconduct

At least two nursing home caretakers in Oklahoma recently pleaded guilty to several offenses that involved fraud and the abuse of a nursing home resident, News On 6 reported on June 21.

Reports said Marcia Nicole Alaniz, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a nursing home resident who suffered from a developmental disability. Alaniz also admitted to verbal abuse and harassment allegations. On the other hand, Christina Deann Whalen, 42, plead guilty to faking prescriptions of hydrocodone drugs. Whalen allegedly seized more than 5,000 doses of the controlled substance since 2011. The guilty pleas of the two nursing home staff members were announced on June 19.

In this difficult situation that you believed your elderly loved one is being abused inside a nursing home facility, enlisting a skilled lawyer is critical to getting the treatment funds your loved one needs. Get in touch with the Oklahoma lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 to begin taking legal action against abusive parties.

Abuse also inflicted by nursing home residents

A recent study revealed that many elderly residents in nursing homes are being abused by fellow residents, New America Media reported on November 20.

The study revealed that one in every five residents is abused not at the hands of staff members, but at the hands of fellow residents. Researchers studied thousands of cases in 10 nursing home facilities. Lead author Professor Karl Pillemer stated that much of the staff was not aware of the abuse taking place. Many in the study suffered injuries like bruises, lacerations, and fractures, Pillemer also said.

Unfortunately, elderly residents also may suffer injuries in nursing home facilities due to staff negligence. If this has happened to you or your loved one, a skilled lawyer may be able to work for you to pursue compensation from the responsible party. Find out how the Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorneys of the Abel Law Firm can help you today by calling 405-239-7046.

Advocacy group pushes for protection of nursing home residents

An advocacy group has brought its fight to protect those inside Oklahoma nursing homes to the governor’s office, KFOR reports.

A Perfect Cause, an organization that aims to end needless suffering in nursing homes, went to Governor Mary Fallin’s office to tell of some of the abuse senior citizens inside Oklahoma nursing home experience. Families of victims showcased gruesome pictures of their abused loved ones.

The group is trying to get Gov. Fallin to take extra measures in preventing elders from being abused in nursing homes. The group blames state agencies but says that the governor’s office is the most responsible.

A Perfect Cause is also planning on taking their issue to the federal government, specifically seeking increased accountability and oversight in nursing homes so that the abuse that seems so prevalent can be put to an end.

Victims of nursing home abuse often defenselessly suffer emotional and physical trauma. Our experienced team of attorneys at the Abel Law Firm can come to the defense of victims of this senseless crime. Find out how we may be able to help by calling 405-239-7046.

Oklahoma nursing home surveillance law goes into effect

After a new bill signed by Governor Mary Fallin took effect on November 1, nursing home managers and administrators are reacting to the fact that nursing home residents can now be monitored by their families with the use of surveillance cameras.

Tina Williams-Easton is an administrator in one local nursing home who said that she has not noticed that anyone seems interested in installing cameras in their facilities and that the bill will not change the way they work. She also expressed that she felt as if the cameras might be a violation of the residents’ privacy.

In a nursing home study conducted recently by Families for Better Care, Oklahoma received an ‘F’ rating in nursing home care. Williams-Easton, who has many years experience in the long-term care industry, expressed disbelief of the findings.

Sadly, many people in nursing homes in America are mistreated and abused by nursing home staff members. When this happens to someone you love in Oklahoma, the legal team at the Abel Law Firm believes the perpetrator should be held civilly responsible. Find out how you may be able to pursue justice and compensation by calling 800-739-ABEL.

1 in 25 nursing homes has consistent 1-star rating

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid created a Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes in the U.S. in 2008. An analysis of 15,000 nursing homes and their ratings from the past 3 years since the system was implemented shows trends in the standards of care at nursing homes.

During the 3-year period, the nursing homes received 7 ratings each. In general, the level of care and ratings of nursing homes in the U.S. increased. However, a large percentage of homes that received 1-star ratings at first did not improve at all in three years.

Approximately 1 in every 25 nursing homes–564 total–received 1-star ratings each time they were inspected. The majority of these nursing homes were for-profit homes. In Oklahoma, 11 homes consistently received 1-star from 2008-2011.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, 1-star ratings are only given to homes with qualities of care found to be significantly lower than the state’s average. Common reasons a home received a 1-star rating were mistreatment, abuse, uncleanliness, and unlicensed employees.

To speak with an attorney about abuse at a nursing home, contact the Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorneys of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today.

OSDH accuses nursing home of sanitation/nutrition issues

Authorities from the Oklahoma State Department of Health have brought to light alleged safety and health issues at a Mustang, Oklahoma nursing home.   Reports state that the Mustang Manor Assisted Living Center has been cited for numerous unspecified nutrition and sanitation violations over the last two years.  These issues have amounted to an excess of $35,000 in penalties and more are expected soon.  Based on a February inspection, the OSDH allegedly discovered 27 health and safety code violations.

One woman reportedly noticed bruises on her 92-year-old mother, a Mustang Manor tenant, who claims that residents at the assisted living center are being starved.  The woman stated that her mother had lost so much weight since her stay at Mustang Manor that her bones were protruding.

Officials from the Mustang Police Department have also received complaints of criminal activity at the Mustang Manor Assisted Living Center.  Two nursing home employees were fired after the investigation of an embezzlement claim associated with the establishment.

If you or a loved one are suffering as a result of nursing home abuse, you can contact an Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorney of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046.

Oklahoma nursing home cited for sanitation issues

The Oklahoma Department of Health have investigated an Oklahoma nursing home and found alleged health and sanitation issues.

The OSDH has found issues with cleanliness on site and nourishment of elderly. The OSDH has found 27 violations of  nutrition/ sanitation issues.

One woman reportedly noticed that her mother had multiple bruises and that she had lost a dramatic amount of weight. The OSDH has given the nursing home 30 days to fix all remaining problems at the facility.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Oklahoma nursing home abuse lawyers of  The Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-ABEL.

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