elder care

Elderly residents of unlicensed home pay up to $9,500 per month, state says

BY: - July 12, 2021

An unlicensed home for the elderly on Des Moines’ southwest side has been admitting tenants since 2017, with the residents paying up to $9,500 per month, newly disclosed state records show. The house, now home to five tenants, appears to have been generating up to $46,800 per month for its owner, the records show. The […]

Iowa families can’t sue the state’s largest nursing home chain

BY: - March 12, 2021

Three months after 67-year-old James Asmus was admitted to the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola, he was dead. State records indicate that within hours of being admitted to the home in September 2018, he sustained a broken hip in a fall. Immobilized by the resulting surgery, he soon developed pressure sores and […]

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Bill would give Iowa nursing homes notice of residents’ surveillance cameras

BY: - February 27, 2021

Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would require the families of nursing home residents to notify the facility before installing a surveillance-type camera in their loved one’s room. Use of the cameras has grown nationwide in recent years and have been used by families to document abuse and neglect by facility caregivers. The Iowa […]