New Bill Would Permit Coroners to Investigate Nursing Home Deaths, if Passed

One state is considering a law that would enable a coroner to investigate nursing home deaths under certain circumstances. According to the bill, every death that occurs in a senior living facility would be reported to a coroner. Depending upon certain criteria, such as the decedent’s medical history, the coroner could then determine if an investigation is necessary. The bill’s supporters are hoping to use this approach to eliminate elder abuse in these care facilities.    

“Far too many times, we see the disturbing headlines of an older adult who died at a nursing home or other senior care residence, due to neglect or abuse,” one senator in support of the bill stated in an interview. For more, read the story.