Nursing home reform in Arkansas to fight abuse

Although nursing home abuse is something that many people only pay attention to if it hits close to their heart, others realize this is a problem that needs to be stopped as soon as possible. Every year, nursing home residents throughout the country are harmed by staffers for one reason or the next.

Our New York readers may not typically pay attention to what is going on in the state of Arkansas, however, there is a developing story regarding nursing home abuse and neglect that is well worth paying attention to.

Supporters fighting for nursing home reform in Arkansas continue to get the attention of organizations and community leaders staffed with the ability to improve nursing care facilities.

This past Monday, the Tenth Annual Residents’ Rights Rally took place outside the State Capitol. The group did so as a way to celebrate and make notice of the fact that October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month.

According to the president of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, nine out of ten nursing homes in the country have been cited for violations. This is a big number, as it does not focus on one particular state but instead the country as a whole.

There are many people in the United States who are not aware of these statistics, but instead believe that nursing home abuse only happens every now and again. Even when abuse is not at the forefront, elder care facilities are being reprimanded for other reasons.

During National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month, it is nice to see that people realize the impact of nursing home abuse and just how serious this problem has become in the United States. This story may be based out of Arkansas, but affects people from one side of the country to the next.

Source: UALR Public Radio, “Elder Care Rights Groups Rally At Arkansas Capitol” Malcolm Glover, Oct. 07, 2013