Texas Accused Of Ignoring Mentally-Disabled In Nursing HomesAdvocates for the intellectually-disabled — a condition affecting reasoning and learning — say Texas is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws by denying services that could allow more than 4,000 people to live in the community.
New Push To Keep Seniors In Home, Community-Based ProgramsThe federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs.
Using Sight And Sound To Trigger Dementia Patients' MemoriesNursing homes and assisted living facilities are increasingly using sight, sound and other sensory cues to stimulate memory and provide a touch of the familiar for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Texas Lawmakers Propose Stricter Nursing Home LawsThe proposal urges the Legislature to require the state to rescind the license of any nursing home with at least three of the gravest violations over a two-year period.
Texas May Put Elderly, Sickest Inmates In Nursing HomesTexas officials are exploring the possibility of paroling the state's most infirm inmates to secure nursing homes to save on the high cost of meeting their medical needs.
State House Committee Hears How To Care For ElderlyA Texas House committee is scheduled to hear about how the state can improve care for the elderly and keep them in their communities.
Parents Use Hidden Camera To Capture Abuse Of Autistic SonAn Allen couple suspected a caretaker was abusing their autistic son. But they had trouble convincing operators of the group home where he was living, as well as state authorities.
Texas Hotels Offer Free Christmas Eve RoomsHotels across Texas are participating in a program that provides free rooms on Christmas Eve for those who have friends or family in a hospital, nursing home or treatment center over the holidays.
Families Urge Action As U.S. Drafts Alzheimer's PlanDementia is poised to skyrocket as the baby boomers age -- and it's a budget-busting disease for Medicare, Medicaid and families. Now the Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer's Plan.
Dems Say New State Budget Would Close Nursing HomesDemocrats denounced the latest version of the state budget, saying it would close 50 percent of the state's nursing homes.
Nursing Homes Say Budget Cuts Will Equal Mass ClosuresState nursing homes are watching Medicaid cuts being considered by the Legislature. Currently there are hundreds of nursing homes in Texas that largely depend on Medicaid for funding.
Texas Accused Of Warehousing Disabled People In Nursing HomesAdvocates for 4,500 developmentally disabled Texans in nursing homes are suing the state for allegedly denying those residents access to better living.