Violations Reported at 94% of Nursing Homes
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Sep 30, 2008 in Press Releases
The Department of Health and Human Services released a study today that revealed more than 90% of nursing homes were cited for violations of federal health and safety standards last year.
These problems highlighted in the study include infected bedsores, medication mix-ups, poor nutrition and abuse and neglect.
Approximately 37,000 complaints about nursing home conditions were made last year with 14,430 of those being validated by state and federal authorities. Of those 14,430 valid complaints, 2,886 involved abuse or neglect of patients.
When comparing the various types of nursing homes, for-profit homes ranked the worst with 94% percent of them being cited for deficiencies compared with 91% of government homes and 88% of nonprofit homes. About two thirds of all nursing homes in the U.S. are owned by for-profit companies.