Ila Swan: patient advocate 


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Ila Swan was the California representative for the former Association for the Protection of the Elderly and was a Board Member of Hospice Patients Alliance for several years. She is now retired. Ila was one of the leading patient advocates in the country and worked tirelessly to protect the rights of patients, especially those who were elderly and resided in nursing homes.

Ohio Bush Donors Richly Rewarded

Government Reports and Articles Exposing Fraud, Gov't Corruption and Failures That Result in Human Suffering, Wrongful Deaths and a Total Waste of US Tax Dollars 

"American nursing homes, where millions of our elders die, represent the pinnacle of social isolation and medical abuse.
Important Statistics about Nursing Homes" ....

Margherita Caminita is the chief witness in a major NHS privatization scam that has costed the lives of hundreds of difficult elderly patients that have been killed through the abuse of sedatives and induced dehydration and starvation. Margherita is now 77 years old and since 1998 is being kept in total isolation.

All her fundamental human rights are being violated in the attempt to prevent her from testifying in a major involuntary euthanasia case . All the details by visiting Many thanks for your kind attention ! Regards, Francesco Errante

Report: Nursing home abuse widespread
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Almost one of every three nursing homes in the United States has been cited for an abuse or violation, according to a government report released Monday. The report, prepared at the request of Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, found that over a two-year period from January 1, 1999 through January 1, 2001, all violations reported in nursing homes "had at least the potential to harm nursing home residents." Of the more than 17,000 nursing homes nationwide, 5,283 nursing homes had been cited for an abuse violation. .... "
" State inspection reports and citations reviewed describe many instances of "appalling physical, sexual, and verbal abuse of residents." Also, in some cases, nursing homes were cited for not protecting vulnerable residents from violent residents. The number of nursing home abuses is increasing. In 2000, twice as many nursing homes were cited than in 1996."
Full Congressional Report (.pdf file)
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Just How Bad Is Nursing Home Care?

Why I Became A Nursing Home Advocate

Largest Nursing Home Chains
(ranked by number of beds as of 1/99)

[an updated link for 2015 is provided here:] Top 50 Nursing Home Chains & Stats (2015)

Ila's List of things families, advocates and volunteers should look for in a nursing home

10 Essential Traits of Real Patient Advocacy Groups

How to file an appeal when the nursing home over-sight system tells you your complaint is 'unsubstantiated or 'no deficiencies found

Sad Business: Managing Financial Issues in Bereavement
Valuable information on managing financial matters when a spouse passes on.

Testimony of Bee Becker before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging: 3/04/02
About the Homicide of her 83 year old mother-in-law Helen Becker Straukamp

"Lynching the Elderly and Disabled?"
(Why We Need An Elder Justice Act) - 2/18/2003