Theft or poor management from trust funds of nursing home patients is aided by a lack of regulations, according to a new USA TODAY report.
Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a special review of how nursing homes handle residents' money placed in trust funds. The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), cited a recent USA Today report as the reason for the request.
Nursing home workers face few impediments in stealing money from residents' trust funds, according to a USA Today investigation that uncovered thousands of cases of financial exploitation.
Clostridium difficile transmission and mortality rates are far higher in nursing homes and other healthcare settings than the most recent government statistics suggest, an investigation has found.