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AG would get new powers to look at nursing home abuse (access required)

A bill sailing through the General Assembly would expand the attorney general’s power to investigate nursing home abuse and neglect, even in cases where the patient does not receive government assistance. Currently under Virginia law, state investigators can subpoena only ...

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What to do about Mom? Mediation may be the answer (access required)

Mom was in her 90s when she started having blackout episodes. Her oldest daughter, who lived two hours away, was adamant that her mother could no longer be left alone in her own home. But Mom didn’t want to move ...

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Patient dies from complications from multiple pressure sores – Confidential Settlement (access required)

This case involved a mandatory arbitration clause in a nursing home contract. Plaintiff’s decedent’s son signed the contract as “responsible party”. The son did not have power of attorney nor had he been appointed legal guardian or conservator. Defendant filed ...

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Reverse mortgages: an elder law planning tool (access required)

Reverse mortgages have been a standard item in the toolbox for Fairfax elder law specialist Evan Farr. A reverse mortgage, which pays cash for an older person’s home equity, can allow her to stay where she most wants to be ...

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Include long-term care in retirement plans (access required)

Current estimates from American Association of Retired Persons put the annual cost of a private nursing home room at a national average of $78,000. As older Americans are still struggling to reassemble their retirement plans from the worst economic downturn ...

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Nursing home patient breaks tibia, sprains ankle in fall – $300,000 Verdict (access required)

An 83-year-old bed-bound nursing home patient, who was dependent on nursing home staff for all activities of daily living, was allowed to fall from the side of her bed to the floor while an aide was changing the patient and ...

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Promoting care for Alzheimer’s, dementia patients (access required)

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia threaten an individual’s health, identity, independence, dignity and well-being. It has a detrimental impact not only on the person, but also on their families and communities. As more people have dementia, the legal profession must strive ...

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A doctor’s view: Aging drivers and public safety (access required)

Following several widely reported incidents in which older drivers caused auto accidents, including one that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old, the elderly driver is increasingly seen as a major public safety concern. Legislators, policymakers and safety advocates struggle ...

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