It’s All About the Money: Attorney Ernie Tosh on Leveraging Nursing Home Data in the Courtroom

Texas-based attorney Ernie Tosh joins the show to discuss the relationship between nursing home finances, staffing, and resident care. Tosh also shared tips on using public nursing home data and chatted about his career path to becoming a data-driven attorney advocating for nursing home residents. Note: Interview recorded April 22, 2020. Background reading and [...]


Why LTC Residents are Facing Heightened Voting Barriers this Election

The 2020 U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, but many long-term care residents, cut off from the outside world, may not get a vote. Professor Nina Kohn joins the show to discuss voting barriers in long-term care settings and explain why it's imperative that residents' voting rights are protected in this election. Kohn — [...]


‘The Eyes, Ears, and Voice’: Why Nursing Home Visitation Saves Lives

Many long term care residents have gone more than 100 days without seeing their families because of COVID-19 visitation restrictions. On this episode of the Nursing Home 411 Podcast, we hear from families about their challenges connecting with loved ones during the pandemic and how visitation restrictions have prevented them from providing essential services. [...]


Attorney Will Smith on Nursing Home Law 101 and COVID-19 Litigation Immunity

Atlanta-based attorney Will Smith of Schenk Smith joins the show to chat about nursing home law and explain what a typical case looks like. Smith also discusses the implications of immunity laws shielding nursing homes from coronavirus related litigation, his journey from the military to nursing home law, and his podcast co-hosted with law [...]


Dr. Charlene Harrington on the Perils of Nursing Home Privatization

Dr. Charlene Harrington, a renowned researcher of long-term care, talks about the perils of nursing home privatization and how the privatized system has shaped the COVID-19 response in the United States. Dr. Harrington also discusses the similarities between the long-term care systems in the U.S. and United Kingdom, and how they both differ from Norway’s [...]


The Hidden Costs of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Richard Mollot, LTCCC’s executive director, joins the show to talk about the hidden costs of COVID-19 and why resident abuse and neglect have been going unchecked. Mollot also discusses new federal requirements for facilities to report COVID-19 cases, fatalities, and other critical information. Background reading and references: Visit LTCCC’s Coronavirus Resource Center: https://nursinghome411.org/coronavirus/ Richard’s [...]


Why Nursing Home Ombudsmen are ‘the Best Kept Secret’

Gloria Murray, ombudsman program director with LTCCC, talks about the role of ombudsmen as mediators and advocates for long term care residents. Murray also discusses the challenges facing ombudsman programs and chats about her career journey from nursing, to sales, to her current position as Hudson Valley’s ombudsman program director. Background reading and references: [...]


How Defensive Documentation Puts Residents At Risk

Jeanette Sandor, RN and legal nurse consultant, joins the Nursing Home 411 podcast to talk about nursing home negligence cases, the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law, defensive documentation, and why families of residents should keep a journal. Background reading and references: Summary of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law: https://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-2001/the_1987_nursing_home_reform_act.html Sandor’s blog about stories [...]


‘Look, Listen, and Smell’: Attorney Deborah Truhowsky’s Tips For Detecting Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Deborah Truhowsky, an attorney and leading advocate for nursing home residents, joins the Nursing Home 411 podcast to discuss misconceptions about nursing home resident rights and warning signs of abuse and neglect. Background reading and references: LTCCC fact sheet on resident abuse, neglect, and exploitation: https://nursinghome411.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LTCCC-Fact-Sheet-Nursing-Home-Reqmts-Abuse-Neglect.pdf LTCCC’s latest report on nursing home staffing: https://nursinghome411.org/nursing-home-staffing-2019-q3/ [...]


How COVID-19 is Exposing the Infection Control Problem

LTCCC’s Executive Director Richard Mollot and Policy Attorney Dara Valanejad join the show to discuss COVID-19 and how infection control issues have plagued nursing home facilities long before the current pandemic. We also chat about the problems posed by newly implemented visitation restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Background reading and [...]