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Examining the latest legal topics and news facing families whose loved ones have been injured in a nursing home. Hosted by lawyers Rob Schenk and Will Smith of Schenk Smith LLC.
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Now displaying: June, 2018
Jun 25, 2018

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method that is often mandated by contracts signed to get into a nursing home or obligated by a judge in a nursing home lawsuit.  It is an alternative to litigation, so mediation is a strategic decision. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss mediation and when it occurs, covering logistics, timeline, and the results of a successful mediation.

Jun 18, 2018

The Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman’s office oversees operations of long term care facilities for Georgia nursing home residents and others needing long term care.  This office is a vital resource for having quality-of-care concerns addressed by residents and families. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorney Rob Schenk discusses how nursing home concerns can be brought to the attention of the Ombudsman’s office with guest Melanie McNeil, State Long Term Care Ombudsman.

Jun 11, 2018

An estimated 50 million people worldwide live with dementia. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050. In today’s episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the definition of dementia, the symptoms, and techniques for caring for loved ones with dementia, with guest Kate Swaffer, the Co-Founder and CEO of Dementia Alliance International.  

 

Kate has been the recipient of many awards for her work in dementia and disability rights, including being named the 2017 South Australia Australian of the Year. Kate is the only Australian to be a full member of the World Dementia Council, a board member of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and she is the Chair, CEO, and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, a global advocacy group for people living with dementia.

Jun 4, 2018

There are 2.5 million hospital and nursing home beds in use in the United States. In the 15 year period between 1985 and 2010, there were 803 incidents of patients or residents becoming caught, trapped, entangled, or strangled in beds with rails. Of these reports, 480 people died, 138 had a nonfatal injury, and 185 were not injured because staff intervened. In today’s episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the dangers of bedrails with Robyn Grant, the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.  

 In her capacity as Director of Consumer Voice, she is responsible for the leading development and implementation of the Consumer Voice’s public policy agenda and growing support for the grassroots network of advocacy for nursing home residents. She has a Master’s in social work with a specialization in aging, and was an Indiana State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for eight years and president of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs for two years.

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