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Resident-to-Resident Abuse is a Serious Issue

Filled under In the News, Nursing Home Neglect, on Monday, June 27, 2016.

According to a new study reported by CBS News, 20 percent of nursing-home residents are experiencing verbal and physical abuse from other residents. This resident-to-resident mistreatment involves a range unwelcome behaviors, including trespassing into another resident’s room and ransacking their belongings, running over other residents with their wheelchairs, taking others’ food, name-calling, physical violence and sexual assault. Dr. Mark Lachs, the study’s lead author, says it’s time to start shifting just as much focus on


There’s No Question about it-Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace is Dedicated to Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s

Filled under In the News, on Monday, May 16, 2016.

The May 2016 issue of Trial magazine featured input from Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace (OMW) Attorney, Emily Peacock. Trial magazine is the American Association for Justice’s award-winning magazine for attorneys, law professors, judges and others in the legal community. Every Trial issue includes a “Question of the Month” section, and the chosen one for this month was “How do you or your firm give back to the community?” Ms. Peacock’s answer highlighting the firm’s dedication to raising funds


Poor Care Continues as a Michigan Nursing Home Spends Over a Year on Government Watch List

Filled under Nursing Home Citation, Uncategorized, on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Despite being added to the Special Focus Facility (SFF) initiative over one year ago due to noted deficiencies in safety and quality of care, a Michigan Nursing Home has not shown any improvement. The Special Focus Facility initiative was introduced in 1998 by the  (CMS) to help address quality of care problems in nursing facilities. In order to determine if nursing homes are providing the quality of care that Medicare and Medicaid requires, teams of


Inherent Unfairness of Arbitration Agreements Hurts Vulnerable Citizens the Most

Filled under Uncategorized, on Friday, April 15, 2016.

A disturbing trend is taking away access to the civil justice system for many senior citizens. Assisted living facilities and senior living complexes are forcing residents to sign arbitration agreements before they can live at the facility. These arbitration agreements are inherently unfair and one-sided in nature. They deprive the individual who signs the arbitration agreement of the ability to seek justice and have a fair trial, and they often limit the amount of money


Assisted Living Facilities – A Brief Primer

Filled under In the News, Uncategorized, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

It is currently estimated that there are 31,000 assisted living facilities (ALFs) in the United States with a total of 1 million elderly residents living in them.1   In Michigan, it is estimated that over 21,000 elderly adults live in a licensed form of an ALF and tens of thousands of other elderly adults are estimated to live in unlicensed ALFs.2  As the “gray tsunami” continues to build, it is important for lawyers to know the


Is Corporate Greed Taking Over Nursing Homes? A New Study Says Yes

Filled under Uncategorized, on Monday, October 26, 2015.

The results of a research study presented in an article in the October 2015 issue of The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine have sounded alarm bells for those living in nursing homes and for the friends and family members who love them. Researchers in this recently published study started off with a basic objective: to establish if there is a link between the number of hospitalizations and mortality rates and the type of


A Deadly Device: Be Wary of Bedrails

Filled under In the News, Uncategorized, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, Mo., are reannouncing the voluntary recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. The recall involves adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles, Inc. from 1994 through 2007 that do not have safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame to keep the bed handle from shifting out of place and creating a dangerous gap. Residents


Two Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace Attorneys Selected to 2015 Super Lawyers Lists

Filled under Uncategorized, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace announced today that Jules Olsman and Donna MacKenzie have been named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer


Medication Error in Hospital Causes Patient to Suffer Blood Clots and Die

Filled under Uncategorized, on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Mr. W. sustained a fall that resulted in blunt knee trauma and rupture of the quadriceps muscles of both legs. Consequently, he required surgical intervention to repair the injured quadriceps tendons. Prior to surgery, Mr. W. was placed on preventative medication therapy to reduce his risk for blood clots. The surgery went well, and Mr. W. was transferred to St. John Hospital and Medical Center for inpatient rehabilitation. Upon admission to St. John Hospital and


Nursing Home Places Resident in Wheelchair at the Top of a Ramp and then Walks Away, Causing Resident to Roll Down Ramp and Crash into Wall

Filled under Long-Term Care Facilities, on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Ms. A was a resident of Wixom, MI prior to being admitted to St. Jude Nursing Center in Livonia for long-term care services. Approximately 3 years after her arrival at the facility, Ms. A was given a fall risk assessment that placed her at a high risk for falls. Among other things, Ms. A. exhibited intermittent confusion, decreased balance when standing and walking (she was wheelchair bound), decreased coordination, osteoporosis, and arthritis. St. Jude Nursing

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