Texas in bottom ten for senior health care

According to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, the state of Texas placed 41 in senior health, dropping one place from its 2013’s 40th place, Star Local Media reported on May 21.

United Healthcare Texas market medical director Dr. Marshall Dawer said the population of senior citizens in the state is expected to double in the next 25 years, making the improvement of senior care critical for the future. Texas’s strengths when it came to senior health care included a high number of home health care workers, common use of hospice care, and a low number of necessary tooth removals. However, the state needs to address the issue of the large population of impoverished elderly, increase the amount of decent beds in nursing homes, and reduce food availability issues.

If you have concerns or issues regarding the nursing home that your elderly relative is residing in, seek the legal advice of our attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC in Texas by calling our offices at (877) 919-0830 today.


Nursing home nurses want to work elsewhere – survey

Nursing home nurses in the United States who have been in this industry for a long time desire a career in a different aspect of health care more than nurses from other fields, a survey from employment website CareerBuilder and market research firm Harris Poll showed.

According to the survey, highly-skilled nursing professionals who have been working in nursing home facilities for five years or more are the ones most likely to be ready for a professional change of pace. However, ambulatory care nurses are most likely to remain in their positions.

In the survey, 54% of the nurses interviewed cite balance of work and life as the reason they would want to change nursing care industries.

Some nursing homes fail to provide the best possible medical health care, and instances of neglect or abuse do occasionally arise in these facilities. If such an incident occurs in the Texas nursing home your loved one is residing in, get in touch with our attorneys at Hotze Runkle PLLC by dialing (877) 919-0830 to learn how we may assist you.


Nursing home resident kills two with wheelchair arm

Homicide investigators at the Houston Police Department in Texas are investigating the case of two deaths at Lexington Nursing and Rehabilitation (Lexington Place), a northwest Houston nursing home on 1737 North Loop near Ella on Tuesday, April 22 at around 11:30 p.m.

Seventy-seven-year-old Antonio Acosta and 51-year-old Primitivo Lopez were allegedly beaten to death by 56-year-old Guillermo Corea with a wheelchair armrest, police said.

Officials of Pinnacle Health Facilities XV LP, the company that owns Lexington Place, declined to make any initial comments about the case and said they are cooperating with the authorities regarding the matter.

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman Cecilia Cavuto said they will conduct inspections in the nursing home and determine whether it complies with state and federal regulations and provides proper training to its staff to ensure they can protect the residents.

At Hotze Runkle, our thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones as they deal with this tragic situation.


Health care providers narcotic abuse decreases quality of care

A USA TODAY review of state and federal records in recent years showed that over 100,000 physicians and health care practitioners across the country were in the habit of abusing prescription drugs, thereby directly or indirectly endangering the lives of people in their care.

Commonly abused prescription drugs include narcotics such as oxycodone and fentanyl. These drugs pose significant risks to hundreds of thousands of people in the country.

Around 8,000 people in eight states had to undergo hepatitis tests after hospital assistant, David Kwiatkowski was caught injecting himself with patients’ pain medicine and, afterward, refilling their syringes with saline. Because of his recklessness, forty-six people were infected.

Our attorneys at Hotze Runkle, help Texas people that have been harmed in a nursing because of someone else’s negligence. If you have sustained injuries because of a person or institution’s negligence, you shouldn’t be held responsible for any related expenses. Call our office at (877) 919-0830 to discuss your legal options.


Texas receives low ratings in nursing home review

Texas recently received poor grades when it was rated on its ability to take care of its elderly residents, according to a comprehensive review of nursing homes in America.

The review favored Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire with “A” ratings when it comes to properly providing elderly patients with adequate care and protection in their respective nursing home facilities, while the states of Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, and Oklahoma all got “F” marks.

Brian Lee, a nursing home advocate, says that an important aspect of increasing the quality of nursing home care is to “hire the right people.”

Our attorneys at Hotze Runkle, are committed to helping families in Texas get the justice and compensation they need after a loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home. Call us at (877) 919-0830 to find out how we may be able to help you.


Examples of Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes

Though we trust that nursing homes and their caretakers will provide the very best in physical and psychological care for our loved ones who are in the nursing home, the sad reality is that this is not always the case. In fact, far too many nursing home residents are subjected to physical abuse by either the caretakers or others in the home. Though this abuse can take many forms, some of the more common include:

  • Restraining a resident too forcefully
  • Pushing/shoving residents
  • Hitting residents
  • Sexually assaulting a resident
  • Causing broken bones

Whether a caretaker was abusive or their neglect lead to your loved one being abused, it may be possible to pursue legal action and get compensation. Our lawyers at Hotze Runkle, fight people in Texas who are dealing with this situation to get the help and justice they need. Call us at (877) 919-0830 to discuss your situation with a compassionate lawyer and find out how we may be able to help.


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