CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 |
At least two people were injured late Sunday when a vehicle rammed into a senior care center in Palms. The vehicle struck the convalescent home in the 3500 block of Overland Avenue about 10:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear if the injured were resident. CBS 2 reported that the car had backed into the home and that responders found one person pinned under the vehicle. The driver also sustained minor injuries, the station reported.
November 19, 2013 |
Ensign Group Inc., a Mission Viejo company that operates nursing homes in several states, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for unnecessary procedures performed on its patients. Two former Ensign Group therapists had accused the company in whistle-blower lawsuits of performing the unnecessary rehabilitation therapy at six skilled-nursing facilities in California. Although the lawsuits were filed in 2006, the government contended that the fraud lasted from 1999 to 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 |
An Oakland nursing home was reeling Monday as staff and residents assessed the magnitude of their loss: Eight of the nurses involved in a deadly limousine fire had ties to the home. Four of them were killed. Officials at the Fruitvale Healthcare Center said two of the dead and two of the injured were still working there, and two others who were killed and two others who were injured were former employees. "We are still in the process of learning the facts and circumstances surrounding this horrific event," the center's spokeswoman, Annaliese Impink, wrote in a statement.
April 3, 2013 |
The financial toll of caring for Americans with dementia adds up to at least $159 billion a year, making it more expensive than treatments for patients with heart disease or cancer, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dementia is characterized by a group of symptoms that prevent people from carrying out the tasks of daily living. Reduced mental function makes it impossible for them to do things like keep track of their medications or their finances.
March 2, 2013 |
The long-term care facility operated by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which in previous years faced criticism from nursing home advocates over quality of care issues and staffing levels, got some good news this week. U.S. News & World Report placed the fund's nursing home, which caters to entertainment industry workers and was once slated for closure, on its 2013 list of "Best Nursing Homes in California. " The facility, known as Motion Picture Home, received a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report for having quality measures and nurse staff levels above state and national averages, the fund announced in a statement.
November 7, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Students returned to classes Wednesday at one of New York City's elite high schools even as their cafeteria and some classrooms remained occupied by more than 200 evacuees from Superstorm Sandy. The seventh and eighth floors of Brooklyn Technical High School continued to house patients from two nursing homes that remain uninhabitable after Sandy blasted the region last Monday. At the height of the crisis the school housed about 600 evacuees from Coney Island, the Rockaways and other hard-hit areas of Brooklyn and Queens.