Report of Poor Living Conditions at Wisconsin Veterans Homes Spurs Calls for Investigation
State lawmakers are calling for an investigation and audit into the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King in Waupaca County after a report from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services detailed poor and unsanitary living conditions for residents.
The five-page document reported countless injuries to patients and unsanitary conditions that led to multiple outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses.
The department interviewed family members of residents of the home and incorporated employee interviews, reviews of records and investigators’ observations.
One resident was reported by family members to have bruising under one eye. Additional injuries included leg and rib fractures, and two different incidents revealed patients’ being cleaned with washcloths that had been put on a dirty sink’s drain.
An outbreak of eight gastrointestinal diseases occurred from March 2015 and January 2016. Thirty residents at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King were infected, along with 22 staff members.
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Call to Action by Lawmakers
The shocking report, has spurred calls from Governor Scott Walker and legislators from both parties for an investigation into the home.
While the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary asserts that the home provides quality care to its residents, the agency’s spokeswoman said they will lend support to a government investigation and legislative audit.
Others are not convinced the home is providing quality care. A recent investigation by The Cap Times detailed the extreme levels of neglect and harm that many patients face. The article noted that staffing shortages prevent residents from getting the level of care they deserve.