Nursing home abuse
Senate Hearing On Nationwide Nursing Home Abuse
There have been several recent high profile cases of nursing abuse that have not only outraged patient advocates, but also spurred a discussion in the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. This is the second time in less than a year that a congressional committee has looked into nursing home abuse, and hopefully this momentum will continue so conditions for nursing home residents will improve.
Just before the Senate hearing on nursing home abuse, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced improvements to its online tools available for to consumers. The agency’s Nursing Home Compare database allows consumers to investigate the health and safety ratings of nursing home facilities and other care facilities. However, patient advocates voiced their concerns during the Senate hearing that CMS was not doing enough to protect vulnerable seniors.
Patricia Blank testified during the hearing and expressed her outrage that the nursing home where her mother had died of neglect was given the highest quality grade from CMS. In response, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley stated, “How a place with the highest possible rating could yield such a tragic incident is just outrageous.” He went on to say that “things need to change, both for the standards at care facilities and for how CMS rates them.”
The testimony during the hearing was incredibly compelling, and Senator Grassley promised more hearings to come. There are currently two government watchdog groups preparing reports on nursing home abuse for Congress. Once these reports have been finalized, another hearing will be convened to discuss the findings.
Helping Victims Of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, change does not happen overnight. While much is being done to better understand nursing home abuse and make changes to protect the elderly, these changes are coming too late for many. Nursing home abuse is running rampant all across the country and victims and their families often don’t know what to do or where to turn.
Put A Stop To Nursing Home Abuse
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP can put a stop to the abuse. Contact us today to see how we can help you get justice and pursue compensation for the damages done.