Shocking Findings Show at Least 20 Patients Dead in an Investigation of State Nursing Homes

During a four-year investigation, at least 20 patients died and more than 100 suffered injuries after nursing homes failed to provide care as required. The investigation findings concluded that the main issues in the nursing homes were rooted in inadequate staffing, poor training, or efforts to cut costs. Reports show that patients would try to call staff for help and they would have no response for hours. Some patients were permitted to wander away from facilities unnoticed or languished in unsanitary and hazardous conditions. Others fell repeatedly, suffering from bruises, bloody faces and broken bones. In some cases, patients suffered in pain for days without treatment.

There have been reports of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse by caregivers to the patients. One case, an aide took 26 minutes to respond to a diabetic and high blood pressure patient’s emergency. By the time the aide got there, the patient was unconscious. Another 19 minutes elapsed before anyone called 911. The patient was pronounced dead when the ambulance made it to the hospital. Other cases include insects biting a patient in bed. That patient died as well due to the facilities failure to eradicate the insects. A recognized expert on long-term care describes minimal and inadequate staffing as “writing a prescription for abuse and neglect.” For more on this story, read here.

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