How Nursing Homes Hide Problems and Endanger Patients

Workers in Indiana’s nursing home industry often find themselves under intense pressure because the state has some of the lowest staffing levels in the entire country. That pressure is expressed in confidential interviews with state health inspectors. It can lead some to lie or falsify records when things go wrong. A study in 2019 revealed around forty-three percent of nursing home falls go unreported nationally.

Several Indiana’s nursing homes were cited for failing to immediately notify residents, family members or physicians of injuries, health declines or other significant changes affecting residents at least 100 times over the past year, an independent investigation has found. A few examples of the allegations of Indiana nursing home are; administrators or employees withholding information, falsifying records or making misleading statements about resident injuries or other problems, according to inspection reports and allegations in lawsuits.

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