Nursing Homes Scramble to Enable Televisits Amid Coronavirus

By | ASSISTED LIVING, IN THE NEWS, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes

AARP: Nursing Homes Scramble to Enable Televisits Amid Coronavirus, (March 30, 2020)

Federal restrictions barring visitors to nursing homes — except in cases of compassionate care, such as end-of-life care — because of the coronavirus are frustrating relatives and friends of nursing home residents across the country. The author spoke with Justice in Aging attorney, Eric Carlson, who has  heard mixed reviews of how effectively nursing homes have embraced the use of mobile devices.

“I hear that in some facilities, they’re making a good faith effort,” he said. “But in others, due to staffing shortages and priorities or the lack of technology, in those facilities making these connections falls by the wayside.

Some Assisted-Living Residents Don’t Get Promised Care, Suit Charges


New York Times: Some Assisted-Living Residents Don’t Get Promised Care, Suit Charges (February 14, 2020)

It’s common in Assisted Living facilities to regularly assess individual residents to determine whether a resident needs help bathing or dressing, for example, or suffers from dementia. But often the results of those assessments are used to show increasing need, and to justify increased costs, but not to make staffing decisions to reflect the greater needs and costs. Now a group of law firms is suing California assisted living facilities. There are several ongoing suits. Justice in Aging attorney, Eric Carlson, was interviewed for this story. About the lawsuits and what they uncover he said, “It gets at internal systemic issues. When facilities disclose information like how much time staff members spend on tasks, it gets at what’s happening behind closed doors.”

How Not to Grow Old in America


New York Times | Opinion: How Not to Grow Old in America (August 29, 2019)

Assisted living facilities in the United States need serious reform to provide the care older adults need. Compared to nursing homes which are regulated, inspected, and graded for quality, assisted living facilities are neither licensed nor overseen by the federal government. States often set minimal rules. Facilities are designed to provide only minimal help and monitoring which has led to increasing complaints in courts. Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Eric Carlson says that “nobody realizes the system is broken.”

Is your loved one in a nursing home? Here’s why you should be alarmed

By | ASSISTED LIVING, IN THE NEWS, Long Term Care, Nursing Homes

Los Angeles Times: Is your loved one in a nursing home? Here’s why you should be alarmed (June 11, 2019)

A congressional report publicly identified the names of nearly 400 nursing homes cited for substandard care. Prior to the report, the nursing home names had not been disclosed. Nursing home residents suffered conditions ranging from neglect, physical abuse, sexual assault to premature death. Justice in Aging’s Directing Attorney Eric Carlson said,” You’d like to think you could expect high-quality care, but that’s not the case. People should be worried — not sky-is-falling worried, but I-need-to-do-my-homework worried. You can’t take anything for granted.” The full list can be seen here.

WEBINAR: Defending Evictions from Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities


When: Wednesday, December 6th, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Far too frequently, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are threatened with improper evictions. Sometimes the facility alleges that it cannot meet the resident’s needs, even though the facility is legally obligated to provide the required care. Sometimes evictions are based improperly on discrimination against Medicaid-eligible residents. Unfortunately, because many residents and their family members may be unaware of their rights, they often fall victim to these and other illegal practices.

This webinar will cover both the federal Nursing Home Reform Law and an overview of common state-law assisted living standards. Topics will include:

  • When eviction is permitted;
  • Notice requirements;
  • Strategies for hearings and trials;
  • Advocacy tips for common situations;
  • Protections for Medicaid-eligible residents; and
  • Forthcoming state protections as required by federal HCBS regulations.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.


  • Eric Carlson, Justice in Aging

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.


WEBINAR: Progress and Challenges in CA Assisted Living

When: Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Though the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act of 2014 made multiple improvements to California’s assisted living system, assisted living in California remains hampered by out-of-date statutory provisions and an extremely limited Medicaid waiver program.

This webinar provided aging advocates and providers with an update on California’s recent assisted living progress and a background on the state’s ongoing challenges. Among other things, the webinar explored California’s assisted living Medicaid waiver, other funding mechanisms, challenges in integrating health care expertise into assisted living, and improvements to on-line access and monitoring.

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WEBINAR: Assisted Living: State Strategies for Meeting Residents’ Health Care Needs

When: Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Across the country, older adults with significant care needs are entering and aging into assisted living facilities. Over a third of assisted living residents receive assistance with three more activities of daily living, and half of all residents have at least two chronic conditions. Over 40% of assisted living residents live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias (National Center for Health Statistics, 2014).

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Court Says Medicaid Coverage Gap Must End, Seniors No Longer on the Hook for Thousands in Assisted Living Bills


Ohio’s Medicaid program covered only a portion of the program’s assisted living bills, leaving frail seniors Betty Hilleger and Geraldine Saunders with unexpected sky-high expenses. And they were not alone. Thousands of Ohio’s seniors faced the same coverage gap. They applied for coverage, but faced delays and unreasonable bills even after they were supposed to be covered. Justice in Aging joined with the Cincinnati firm Beckman Weil Shepardson to represent Hilleger and Saunders in a class action suit against the state to eliminate this coverage gap.

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WEBINAR: Just Like Home: The Impact of the Federal HCBS Regulations on Older Adults

By | ASSISTED LIVING, Health Care, Home & Community Based Services, Medicaid, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT

The new federal home and community-based services (HCBS) regulations offer an opportunity for states and stakeholders to improve Medicaid long-term services and supports for older adults.  At the state and national level, the transition process to comply with the regulations is initiating thoughtful discussions about what it means to provide quality, community-based care, in a variety of settings. Read More