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Health FAQ: What the Elderly Should Know about Clostridium Difficile Colitis (C. diff)

Clostridium difficile colitis, commonly referred to as C. diff, is an excruciatingly painful bacterial infection throughout the colon. Some people will carry the C. diff bacteria without ever becoming ill, but when the bacteria grows out of control, it can become painful and even dangerous to the patient.

Frequently Asked Question: What are “never events”?

Among the many considerations when choosing a reputable nursing home facility, the facility’s approach to handling serious safety events should be a factor in assessing the quality of care provided.

Comprehensive Experience and Proven Results

At Hoey Law, we make sure that every case receives the respect and compassion that it deserves. Although every case is different and is judged on its own merits, know that we do our best to make sure that our clients receive everything that they deserve.

After 7 Years, Elizabeth Barrow Had Her Day in Court

On September 24, 2009, Elizabeth Barrow, at age 100, was killed in her nursing home bed, a result of strangulation and suffocation; allegedly by her roommate. Seven years later, her wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home has finally settled.

The Dangers of Confidentiality Agreements

It may sound like sensationalism but I am a firm believer that confidential settlements perform a giant disservice to the public. And after many years of representing my clients and seeing their effect, this belief has been further cemented. What are confidential agreements then and why do I consider them such a danger to the public?

CMS's Specialty Focus Facility Initiative Program: What is it and why it matters to anyone choosing a nursing home.

When it’s time to choose a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, making the choice can be one of the most difficult yet important decisions. And although there are many general guides on what to look for when choosing a nursing home, one resource that is still little known is the Specialty Focus Facility Initiative Program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

The Seriousness of Bed Sores Among the Elderly

The name “bed sore” sounds innocuous, and can summon images of sore muscles from sitting too long or sleeping awkwardly perhaps. But it is much more serious and incredibly dangerous, even leading to death in some instances.

Mechanical Lifts in Elder Care Facilities: What Residents and Families Need to Know

One of the major issues in nursing home facilities is the frequent heavy lifting or repositioning of residents that exceed the lifting capacity of their caregivers. Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities therefore use mechanical lifting equipment to aid in moving residents.