We are launching a new “Tell YOUR Story” tool that will enable residents, families, ombudsmen, and those who work with them tell their story about nursing home or assisted living care.
The form is available on our website at https://nursinghome411.org/tell-your-story/.
One can fill out the form on the website, download it to fill out on a computer or phone, or print out a hard copy to mail in. All personal identifying information is kept confidential unless the individual provides specific permission otherwise.
Stories about resident care can have an enormous impact on advocacy for better care and dignity. We would appreciate any help you can provide in getting the word out and passing this along!
Other news from LTCCC…
All of these resources are free to use and share. If you would like to sign up for future updates and alerts, please email info@LTCCC.org.
- Dementia Care & Antipsychotic Drugging.
- We have just published the latest antipsychotic drugging rates for all U.S. nursing homes and citations for inappropriate drugging. Sadly, recent data indicate that drugging rates are no longer going down! https://nursinghome411.org/learning-center/dementia-care-antipsychotic-drugging/ [Please note that some facilities with a low resident population are not included in these data.]
- Safe Staffing.
- We recently published the staffing levels for all U.S. nursing homes in easy-to-use files. Staffing is critical to quality, yet too many nursing homes have insufficient staffing. For the first time, these files include city and county information, to make searching for your nursing home, or those in your community, even easier. https://nursinghome411.org/nursing-home-data-information/staffing/
- Resident & Family Councils.
- We have issued a new Issue Alert on family and resident council rights, https://nursinghome411.org/ltccc-issue-alert-resident-family-councils/ and have launched our new Family & Ombudsman Resource Center, https://nursinghome411.org/families-ombudsmen/.
- Webinars on Quality of Care & Resident-Centered Advocacy.
- Please join us for our next free “lunch-and-learn” program on November 20 at 1pm Eastern. Topic: Making Your Voice Heard in the Nursing Home… and Beyond. https://nursinghome411.org/upcoming-webinars-nursing-home-care-resident-centered-advocacy/
- New Report on Assisted Living: Promising Policies and Practices. https://nursinghome411.org/ltccc-report-assisted-living-promising-policies-and-practices/
Sincerely yours, Richard
Richard J. Mollot, Executive Director
The Long Term Care Community Coalition
One Penn Plaza, Suite 6252
New York, NY 10119
Clear proof of Lily Tomlin's saying that
"No matter how cynical you get, you can't keep up."
Attorneys for Wall Street and bottom on the barrel debt collectors alike are trying to get out of having to follow federal law that protects consumers by limiting the kinds of tactics that collectors can use.
Right now, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act covers debt collecting attorneys the same as all other debt collectors. Lawyers for the collectors are trying to give themselves an immunity shield so that they can go back to using these abusive tactics without fear of being held to account by consumers.
If anything, by virtue of being attorneys, attorneys who collect debts should be held to a HIGHER standard, not allowed to break the law with impunity.
Let your congressional representatives know that you
OPPOSE ANY EFFORT TO EXEMPT ATTORNEYS FROM THE FDCPA.
Here's the text of an alert on the subject from the National Consumer Law Center. The complete text with end notes is at the end (click on it below to download file).
A bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 5082, Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018 (Mooney-Gonzalez) (amending the previously filed H.R. 4550), would exempt attorneys and law firms engaged in litigation from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) authority over them.
The short answer to "How do criminals steal from the elderly?" is "by phone, mostly."
And new phone-based payment services that let you send money to others without even leaving your house make it crucial that you remember this key survival rule:
MONEY NEVER CALLS YOU ON THE PHONE.
And if you think you've found the exception to this rule, call an attorney or a trusted friend with good sense to discuss the offer before you do ANYTHING that the caller suggests. If you have truly found the exception to the rule, it'll wait for you to conduct a thorough investigation.
If you feel ANY pressure to seize the opportunity at all, that's the clearest sign of all that it's a SCAM.
Remember, the phone and internet means just one thing for sure:
Every criminal in the entire world is just one click or phonecall away from you.
In years past, you pretty much only did business with people nearby; now you can be ripped off by someone from a country you can't even pronounce just as easily as by someone who calls you from a boiler-room scam operation in your own hometown.
How Criminal Steal $37 billion a year from the elderly
This is one of the most frequent and difficult problems I run into - calls from people who are shocked to see their paycheck reduced by a wage garnishment or who are suddenly bouncing checks and getting hit with overdraft fees for debits and failed payment fees because their bank accounts were garnished ...
This problem is why you should NEVER ignore a demand letter or a lawsuit -- the problem you cause yourself when you do is always exponentially larger and more expensive to solve than the one you started with.
Ohio consumer attorney ensures that, even if the Trump Administration hides huge consumer complaints database, you can still access it
Mick Mulvaney is the Darth Vader of the Trump Administration when it comes to hating real people and worshiping at the feet of his Emperors, the corporate masters who own him. Mulvaney hates the very idea of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that a bought and sold Congress cannot neuter because it is funded independently like the Federal Reserve and EVERY OTHER financial agency.
Mulvaney wants to make CFPB like the FCC and FTC and all the other agencies that have been totally neutered and rendered impotent by a Congress in hock to campaign contributors who crack the whip and watch their minions jump.
A consumer attorney in Ohio isn't having any of this, and has put the entire CFPB consumer complaints database online outside the CFPB's control, and promises to keep it updated -- so even as Mulvaney tries to hide the complaints, this new database will ensure that real people will be able to access it.
DannLaw launches "Scoundrels, Scams and Cheats" database to ensure public access to CFPB consumer complaint reports
Just because they are claiming you owe them doesn't mean you do (or, "Why you should call a lawyer if you have debt problems")
The Norfolk, VA paper has an interesting story that again demonstrates that just because someone shoves papers at you and claims you owe them money, it doesn't necessarily mean that you do. You might owe SOMEBODY something, but it's vital that you pay only the true creditor if you pay the debt -- because the true creditor's claims against you aren't wiped out by your payment to a scammer like this.
Note the ways to tell this is phony -- the "Noreply" email is misspelled, and the "simply call us at" phone number is bogus.
The most important tip, though, is to ALWAYS look at the sender id: firstname.lastname@example.org is NOT Netflix.
Legit businesses do NOT send this kind of thing.
If you were to click on those links, you'd be taken to a very convincing phony website that would collect your attempts to log in, which would capture your actual netflix login and username.
It helps that I don't have a Netflix account, but it's important to recognize all spearfishing attacks.
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice