According to a recent report from a nursing home resident advocacy group, abuse, neglect and mistreatment of elderly nursing home residents is widespread in the state of Nevada.
Brian Lee, the executive director of Families for Better Care, stated, “Nevada represents what’s terribly wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America…State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record.” The report revealed that issues like bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition and even injury from falls are common among nursing home residents.
The report also found that Nevada is one of two states where every nursing home was cited with at least one or more deficiencies by state health inspectors. Sadly, one in three nursing homes was also cited for a severe deficiency. This means that a resident suffered actual harm or was determined to be in imminent danger.
The findings from this report are based on 2012 reports from state health inspectors, given to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to Marla McDade Williams, the deputy administrator for the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the agency holds facilities accountable when serious deficiencies are found.
Lee concluded that “Unfortunately, Nevada did not levy one monetary penalty against a nursing home with severe deficiencies in 2012 although it did deny payment for new resident admissions to one nursing home. If you don’t have a regulatory system enforcing the laws, then it doesn’t incentivize the nursing homes to operate better for residents in cases of abuse and neglect.” Lee also stressed that neglect is a leading cause of injuries in the state. He concludes that if direct care staffing levels are ramped up to three hours daily, there would be a rapid turnaround in the quality of nursing home care.
How You Can Help Stop Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect that an elderly loved one is experience neglect or abuse in a nursing home, you must act quickly. The team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas are here to help you ensure your loved one is safe and that the neglectful or abusive party is held responsible. Sadly, many cases of nursing home abuse go unreported. If you suspect abuse, speak with an attorney at Bernstein & Poisson. We are here to help you and your elderly loved one during this difficult time. Contact us today to get started.