By Jack Halpern, Founder and CEO, My Elder Advocate John was admitted to Slippery Rock Nursing Home (Slippery Rock is a name I use to describe the worst of the worst) in the Bronx after he fell in his rent-controlled apartment. Little did John know on that day (11 months ago) that he would never return to that apartment. Little did he know that his son in Sacramento would ultimately conspire with administration officials at Slippery Rock to imprison him at this hellhole facility. Thank God for his nephew who contacted us as soon as he realized what was happening. Here’s the background to the story. After John’s recuperation at the hospital he was placed on rehabilitation status and sent to Slippery Rock. Slippery Rock loved John. He presented the perfect opportunity to fill a long-term care bed with a resident who should have returned to his apartment after a short stay. John was confused and disoriented when he arrived at the nursing home. This often happens to elderly who fall and go through a hospital stay. Slippery Rock used this confusion to have him declared a dementia resident and placed him in a dementia unit. After speaking to John’s son, the facility saw their opportunity to do their dirty deed. John’s son Peter made it clear that he did not wish for his dad to return home. Peter had a plan. Since Slippery Rock had John declared incompetent due to dementia, Peter was able to clear out his dad’s bank account and have...

NJ nursing home row with 72-year-old kills man, 81 http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2014360231_apusnursinghomefight.html NYS AG Investigation Leads To 22 Arrests For Patient Neglect at WNY & Troy Nursing Homes http://www.newyorknursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/2010/04/22-new-york-nursing-home-staff.html What is particularly disturbing about these three cases is that the Federal Government has designated all these three facilities as Special Focus Facilities (SFF). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has defined a Special Focus Facility (SFF), as having: 1. More problems than other nursing homes (about twice the average number of deficiencies), 2. More serious problems than most other nursing homes (including harm or injury experienced by residents), and 3. A pattern of serious problems that has persisted over a long period of time (as measured over the three years before the date the nursing home was first put on the SFF list). Although such nursing homes would periodically institute enough improvements in the presenting problems that they would be in substantial compliance on one survey, significant problems would often re-surface by the time of the next survey. Such facilities with a “yo-yo” or “in and out” compliance history rarely addressed underlying systemic problems that were giving rise to repeated cycles of serious deficiencies. To address this problem CMS created the “Special Focus Facility” (SFF) initiative. Deathly Numbers $ 1,000,000 - Total money the Federal Government spends on the SFF Program for the whole country. $ 62.00 –SFF Money spent per U.S. Nursing Home $ .66 (Cents) - SFF Money spent per Nursing Home Resident in U.S. $ 1.32 - SFF Money spent on 2 residents (that we know about) who have died as a result of...