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Regulations Used To Hide Nursing Home Abuse

A recent article from the Los Angeles Times sheds light on recent news regarding nursing home abuse and why people should be alarmed if their loved one is in one of these care facilities. According to the article, there have been hundreds of nursing homes with a continuing record of poor care. Due to the ongoing relaxed oversight within the industry, these records of complaints are being kept private by government authorities. Seniors are now at an increased risk of exposure to nursing home abuse or neglect because this information is not shared with the public. When one places their loved one or relative in a nursing home facility, they expect that their well-being will be properly looked after by caretakers. Unfortunately, for some, this is not always the case. A reported list of nearly 400 nursing homes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cited for substandard care, but never publicly released, can be found here.

Within these substandard of care facilities, residents reported experiencing blatant neglect, being without appropriate nutrition, being left in unsanitary conditions, experiencing physical abuse, sexual assault, and some even fell victim to premature death. The Executive Director of National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care expressed how the information not being reported until recently should be concerning, especially for those looking to place their loved ones in a nursing home facility. Other news the article covers is that the Trump administration has changed how fines are imposed on nursing homes. Instead of fining a nursing home for each day it was out of compliance, a single fine is now imposed for any infractions. This modification has resulted in nursing homes failing to quickly remedy their problems and has reduced the severity of regulatory crackdowns. In light of these recent reports, the Medicare’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has made it point to ensure that improving safety and quality of care in nursing homes across the country is now a top priority. However, it is still important to understand and be readily prepared to identify instances of nursing home abuse.

There are several signs of elderly abuse that can assist you in getting to the truth of what may be happening to your family or loved one. As people become older, their ability to protect and stand up to themselves diminishes. Their frailness and health problems allow room and opportunities for people, which may include employees of the nursing home facility, to take advantage of them. Types of elderly abuse in a nursing home can include:

Recognizing signs of abuse such as cuts and bruises, broken bones, bed sores, and changes in personality, can help someone realize when their loved one is being abused or seriously neglected in an elderly home facility. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and has suffered physical or emotional injuries, contact one of our experienced attorneys at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your situation.