My Elder Advocate has announced that they have signed their second Franchise Agreement and will open a My Elder Advocate Franchise in Nassau County. The newest franchisee, Bella Kirschner, has years of experience in the senior care market. “We are blessed to have Bella join us in our quest to continue to advocate for elders and their rights.” Said Claudine Halpern, Chief Operating Officer of My Elder Advocate. “Bella’s experience will allow her to hit the ground running.”...

People complain about nursing homes a lot: the food’s no good or there’s not enough staff, and so on. It’s a long list. But the top complaint, according to the federal government, is eviction from a nursing home. Technically, it’s known as involuntary discharge, and in 2015 it brought in more than 9,000 complaints. Now, a couple of states are looking for ways to hold nursing homes accountable for unnecessary evictions. One of those states is Maryland. Brian Frosh, the state’s attorney general, says that, in Maryland, more than half of all involuntary discharges have come from just one small chain of nursing homes run by Neiswanger Management Services, or NMS Healthcare. “Your odds of getting evicted from an NMS nursing home are about a hundred times what they are of any other nursing home in the state,” says Frosh. Maryland is now suing NMS for Medicaid fraud. The suit alleges that the company charged the state for services it didn’t deliver, specifically for discharge planning. Nursing homes are supposed to make sure a resident has a safe place to go. But Frosh says that NMS sent residents with complex medical needs to homeless shelters or to unlicensed board-and-care facilities. For example, according to the complaint, a woman with severe dementia was dropped off in front her son’s home. Someone from NMS “just opened the car door and let her out and drove away,” says Frosh. “Her son found her wandering around several hours later when he came home from work.” The company’s motivation was...

My Elder Advocate has announced that they have signed their second Franchise Agreement and will open a My Elder Advocate Franchise in Nassau County. The newest franchisee, Bella Kirschner, has years of experience in the senior care market. “We are blessed to have Bella join us in our quest to continue to advocate for elders and their rights.” Said Claudine Halpern, Chief Operating Officer of My Elder Advocate. “Bella’s experience will allow her to hit the ground running.”...

Patients in U.S. hospitals who need to be transferred to a nursing home are often left to choose a facility without the benefit of important information, suggests a new study. In many cases, patients only receive lists of nearby facilities, without comprehensive and publicly available information about their quality, researchers found....

Toby Davidow was always tight with her mother, Elaine, a part-time nursery school teacher who was “a very kind, nurturing mother and was very optimistic,” according to her daughter. Elaine and Dennis, Toby’s father, were single-minded in their devotion to their only child. All of which makes the story of their relationship during the last years of Elaine Davidow’s life so surprising. Toby Davidow, a program coordinator in the student affairs office at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., lays the blame on her parents’ live-in caregiver, 58-year-old Ann Fry. With Toby’s father’s cooperation, Fry barred Toby and the rest of her family, including Elaine’s only surviving sister, from seeing or speaking to her for the last three years of her life, from late 2014 until her death in October, at age 72. Toby Davidow said she didn’t even know that for the last three months of her life, her mother, who had multiple sclerosis and dementia, was in hospice care, first in her Cherry Hill, New Jersey, home and then in a nearby facility. Nobody bothered to tell her or other relatives that her mother had died until a week later. By then, Elaine Davidow had been cremated, against the wishes she had expressed before her cognition began failing, according to her daughter. The events over the past years have devastated Davidow. “Especially in the later years, Mom and Dad would travel down to my home in Virginia every 6 to 8 weeks from New Jersey, so that Mom and I could go to the...