DOJ Creates Elder Justice Task Force to Target Substandard Nursing Homes
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Apr 06, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse
As of 2014, nursing home facilities were home to approximately 1.4 million people in the United States. This population, largely made up of seniors, depends on these facilities to provide quality medical and personal care. Unfortunately, there are facilities that take advantage of patient funds and that fail to provide the standard of care needed to meet legal requirements.
To fight against nursing homes that provide substandard care, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has created 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces.
These task forces will include Adult Protective Services, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, the Department of Health and Human Services, law enforcement and prosecutors in efforts to better coordinate and improve the pursuit of nursing home facilities providing inadequate resident care
By bringing these agencies together in united operations, the DOJ aims to streamline the process of targeting facilities that are putting their residents at risk. Combined investigations and regular meetings will allow information to be shared effectively between agencies to strengthen the efforts made to protect seniors and others living in nursing homes.
Are Nursing Homes Being Cast in a Negative Light?
The American Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes and other care facilities, claims the DOJ’s development of the Elder Justice Task Force paints a negative picture of the care provided in residential care facilities.
While the organization supports efforts to improve care, they feel the DOJ’s initiative gives the impression that nursing home care is widely inadequate, though deficiencies are actually declining.
Elderly citizens who reside in nursing homes deserve to be treated with respect and to be given access to quality care. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home environment, our nursing home abuse attorneys will fight for justice for your family.