Nursing home abuse is a major concern, regardless of the facility or location. In today’s age, one would think that nursing homes would know how to treat patients with respect. However, this is not always the case. While most facilities are doing exactly what they should, there are still those in many parts of the country not treating patients the right way.
In the state of California, nursing home abuse has become a growing problem. According to a recent study by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the state has not done its part in protecting patients in nursing facilities throughout the state. In other words, the problem goes well beyond the actual nursing facilities. In addition to abuse, the state has not stepped in to look into accusations of abuse by nursing home employees.
An article by ABC7 News takes a closer look at this problem, citing several cases, including that of a 95-year-old woman who checked herself into an assisted living facility because she was looking for a safe place to live. Instead of being safe, the woman died from injuries sustained at the facility. This happened seven years ago, and her family continues to wait for news from investigators at the California Department of Public Health.
During its investigation, the Center for Investigative Reporting dug into data from the Department of Public Health. What they found was astonishing. They realized that at the time of the woman’s death, there had been a steady increase in the number of outstanding complaints that were not being investigated.
Anybody who needs to reside in a nursing home or assisted living facility should be able to do so without worries of abuse. In the state of California, nursing home abuse has grown into a major concern and this investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting has helped bring it to light.
Source: ABC7 News, “Nursing Home Abuse Goes Uninvestigated” Ken Miguel, Sep. 10, 2013