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Nursing Home Resident Attacked By Alligator

The Miami Herald’s investigation on the state’s nursing homes has unearthed some troubling stories, like what happened in 2004 at The Beckett Lake Lodge assisted living facility. They had a 75 year old patient who suffered dementia and more than once wandered off the premises. He had been found at a bank, and then condo…

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Nursing Home Operator Ran a “Prison Camp”

Sunshine Acres Loving Care and assisted living facility in Florida’s Panhandle was run like a “prison camp” with condition “not even fit for a dog.” The owner-operator, Bruce Hall would deny resident food and medicine, threaten with beatings, and force tranquilizers. Florida regulators tried to step in in 2004 only to be chased off the…

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Fifteen Citations for a Northern CA Nursing Home

The state of California has issued 15 citations to Olive Ridge Post Acute Care Skilled Nursing Facility in Oroville, CA.  They are accused of illegally moving out 14 residents early last year.  The residents in question were patients of Olive Ridge’s locked unit for patients with Alzheimer's, dementia, psychosis and other ailments.  They reportedly planed…

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Grotesque Neglect in Florida Nursing Homes

Reporters from the Miami Herald recently published an investigative report on nursing homes and assisted living facilities and found “grotesque neglect and outright abuse and awful deaths suffered by elderly and mentally disturbed residents.” They found in some cases residents had been denied medications, restrained illegally with ropes, and untreated wounds. In one instance, an…

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Nursing Homes Have Infection Control Issues

This May, the American Journal of Infection Control published a study that finds 15% of American nursing homes are cited each year for infection control violations—or “deficiency citations” as they are known. Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health analyzed deficiency citation reports originally collected for the purpose of Medicare/Medicaid certification between 2000 and 2007, and…

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Grand Jury Report Finds Flaws with In-Home Senior Care Program

California’s In Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) is, in theory, a good idea but a San Diego County Grand Jury Report finds it inefficient and flawed. The IHSS Program is a state program that helps pay for services such as meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, bathing, grooming, and accompaniment to medical appointments for disabled and…

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Reminder – Truckers watch your cargo

As a reminder, cargo thefts are becoming a big problem nationwide.  Florida is known as a high-risk state.  Many thefts are occurring when the driver stops for something to eat.  Statistics show that more than $500 million in cargo was stolen in the United States – almost 1,000 truckloads in one year.  Goods most taken…

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Florida rest stops going green

Here is some good news for motorists.  Florida truck drivers and other motorists will have something to look forward to on the turnpikes in the near future.  The state will be replacing four of its eight service stations and remodeling others.  The new rest stops will meet the energy and environment design standards endorsed by…

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Stephen M. Garcia of The Garcia Law Firm was once again named as a Southern California Super Lawyer 2010 by Los Angeles magazine, Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys from more than 70 areas of practice using a rigorous, multi-phased selection process that includes peer nominations, evaluations of attorneys based on 12 separate indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, peer evaluation by lawyers within one's practice area, and a final discipline check to verify that the attorney meets…

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