Will your mom or dad get proper treatment in a nursing home or end up just another head in a bed?
The strangulation death of a resident and the escape of another has resulted in Aperion Care Moline being assessed $75,000 in fines by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Too Many Lawsuits or Bad Nursing Home Care? What’s Behind Bankruptcy, Injuries, Deaths at Texas-Based Chain
A stream of documented complaints from three separate states flows back to one nursing home operator: Preferred Care of Plano, which filed for bankruptcy in November.
A nursing home resident with dementia and a history of wandering off was outside in temperatures hovering around zero for about eight hours before staff members noticed she was missing and found her dead from hypothermia, a state investigation found.
A scabies outbreak at a south Arkansas nursing home spread throughout the facility and into the community after those in charge failed to act, according to a government report.
A report by the Florida House’s Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness includes recommendations on how to improve emergency management plans from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But the recommendations are thin on oversight that would make sure those plans are better verified.
As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, Gov. Rick Scott gave out his cellphone number during a conference call with administrators of the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He told them to contact him if they ran into problems, and he would try to get help. So they did, 120 times according to phone records released this week. Nearly all the calls went directly to voice mail.
The state Department of Health is investigating staffing levels and living conditions for seniors at Sapphire Nursing and Rehab at Goshen, amid calls by local politicians to do so.
Now the Trump administration, using the upside-down argument that regulation itself deters quality care, has heeded the industry’s request to vastly scale back the use of fines against nursing homes that put patients at risk or harm them.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ policy to cripple nursing home penalties is a reckless abandonment of Reagan-era regulations that will now make it less expensive to harm vulnerable adults.