Elder abuse is inflicted upon many of the more than 2 million Americans in long-term care settings, and more oversight is needed, according to a government report published Wednesday.
Allow me to share a little long-term care humor to brighten your day. Did you hear the one about the long-term care resident who kept unplugging her roommate's ventilator?
Nineteen percent of long-term care nursing aides who were found guilty of on-the-job abuse, neglect, or property theft in 2010 had prior criminal convictions, a federal report revealed this week.
Last fall, Alabama filed a lawsuit against an unlicensed assisted living facility located in a group of mobile homes, where nine elderly and disabled residents lived. In late April, a massive tornado outbreak killed four of those residents.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is calling on state health officials to review the way in which the state handles reports of abuse and neglect in nursing homes, according to local news reports.
Nursing homes have a difficult enough time contending with the survey and certification system. Now that the Five-Star Quality Rating System has begun, they have to work even harder to protect themselves against the faulty survey process.