The Dangers of Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients in Ohio’s Nursing Homes

The US population is growing older. The number of people in the age group of 65 and above increased by nearly one-third in just 10 years from 2005 to 2015. As the population ages, the number of people suffering from age-related conditions also go up. Dementia, in particular, is a condition that afflicts many elderly Americans today. More than five million Americans are patients of … [Read more...]

Ohio Nursing Homes Face Critical Understaffing Issues

Understaffing occurs when a nursing home does not have an adequate amount of staff to provide safe and compassionate care. In 2015, more than 70 percent of the nursing homes in Ohio were understaffed. This is worse than the national average of 62 percent of nursing homes being understaffed, according to recent federal nursing home figures. For the residents of these long-term care … [Read more...]

Satisfaction Surveys Give Consumers, Nursing Home Residents and Providers a Look at How They Fare

Did you know Ohio nursing homes and residential care centers regularly conduct “family and resident satisfaction surveys” and personal interviews of residents, then post ratings of facilities on a public website accessible to everyone? The Ohio Department of Agency (ODOA) sponsors the Family Satisfaction Survey program contracting with Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University in Oxford, … [Read more...]

Dehydration of the Elderly in Ohio Nursing Homes: Challenges and Solutions

Dehydration is one of the most common problems faced by the elderly in Ohio’s nursing homes. It is a condition wherein the amount of fluids lost through the cells is greater than the number of fluids consumed by a person. The human body can function at full capacity only if it is properly hydrated. Excessive loss of fluids, due to whatever reason, can badly affect the body’s ability to function … [Read more...]

Challenges of Elopement in Ohio Nursing Homes & Strategies to Mitigate These Types of Risks

In May 2018, three nursing home staffers in Ohio were indicted by a grand jury with regard to an elderly resident’s death, who had eloped from the nursing home. The tragic incident led to the termination of four workers of the nursing home. The nursing home resident was a 76-year old woman with dementia and a recorded history of wandering away from the facility. On the fateful day, a few hours … [Read more...]

Effective Fall Prevention Strategies to Reduce Nursing Home Injuries in Ohio

Fall prevention at nursing homes in Ohio and the rest of the country continues to be a vital focal point for improvement in patient safety. While only five percent of adults over the age of 65 reside in nursing homes, this segment of the population accounts for nearly 20 percent of fall-related fatalities within this age group. 1,2 Anywhere between 50 and 75 percent of the residents of nursing … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Issues in Ohio

Nursing home neglect and abuse has emerged as a serious issue across the country. In recent times, the federal government has begun to recognize the problem and has tried to take steps to address the situation through more effective regulation of assisted living centers and nursing homes. Some of the states, including Ohio, have taken additional steps in this direction. It is vital to have some … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Example Cases: Bedsores

Misplaced Trust in “Quality” Nursing Home Care Family members face difficult, often heart-wrenching decisions on behalf of their loved ones when deciding to entrust them in the care of a nursing home or other residential care facility. These decisions are inextricably linked, whether you’re seeking help for physical illness or a mental, dementia-related cause, to the desire for quality care. That … [Read more...]


The question of staffing is a primary concern for anyone who has to put a loved one in an Ohio nursing home. Quite frankly, the staffing level permitted by Ohio law isn’t sufficient to provide for the needs of Ohio’s nursing home residents. Ohio does not require a staff member to resident ratio rather Ohio requires a set number of health care workers hours to residents. What this means is that a … [Read more...]

Northeast Ohio Newspaper Investigates Quality of Nursing Home Care

A northeast Ohio newspaper the Cleveland Plain Dealer ( has began an investigation into nursing home care titled, A Critical Choice: NURSING HOMES IN OHIO. The investigative series with videos about nursing home care will be ongoing for the next few months, according to A short form was posted on the PD (Plain Dealer) news website and elsewhere asking readers about … [Read more...]

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