Nursing Homes in Ohio should be places where the elderly can live safely and without worry. This is usually the case, but sometimes issues of nursing home abuse arise. Recently, an Ensign Group Inc. nursing home was charged with fraud out on the west coast. Nursing home abuse can occur in many different ways, including the use of patients to collect fees for services that were not performed or were performed but not appropriate. Many of those who fall victim to this may be too afraid, or unable, to report the abuse.
For many Ohio residents, the thought of their parents in a nursing home can be dreadful. It is far too common that people hear of elder abuse and other terrible incidences happening to patients while in a nursing home. The elderly are dying and being severely injured at the hands of their caretakers, and the Ohio House of Representatives wants it to come to an end.
Recently, a man who was smoking a cigarette at a nursing home in another midwestern state was engulfed in flames and burned to death. The family of the man claim that before he was burned, the man was very close to ending his stay at the facility. According to the man's sister, he suffered burns from his mid-thigh area up to his eyebrows. Although this case is unique, many individuals are injured in a nursing home in the state of Ohio. Injuries can be minor or extreme and in some cases they may even result in death
The Families for Better Care Group recently released what it believes to be the first review of nursing homes done state-by-state. In that study, several nursing homes were found to be deficient in many ways. For example, staffing is a big concern for many nursing homes, including one understaffed nursing home in Ohio that a recent news report made mention of because of some video.
When families are faced with a decision regarding the best living arrangement for an older or possibly disabled loved one, they try to make the most informed decision possible. Most of the time when a facility placement is chosen for a loved one, the idea of nursing home abuse or neglect may seldom be considered. Unfortunately, based on reports from Ohio, abuse and or neglect may be a bigger problem than previously thought.
An Ohio nursing home is under fire from state and federal regulators. Amid unspecified allegations of nursing home abuse and Medicaid fraud, Zanesville's Autumn Health Care is targeted for closure. There is, however, a divergence of opinion as to whether the state action is actually warranted. Recently, the facility arranged a meeting between administrators, patients and their families to address concerns.
Group homes serve an important function in Ohio. Families put their trust and faith in these facilities to care for loved ones. When that trust is broken through nursing home neglect or elder abuse, the risk of serious injury or worse is evident. One former group home operator is facing criminal consequences for providing a substandard quality of care at a facility she owned in South Toledo.
Skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs, have recently come under fire from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG). That office recently concluded an investigation of SNFs nationwide, including those in Ohio. The findings were startling and point to instances of a substandard quality of care in some of these facilities across the country.
There is a movement nationwide to use the internet to inform the public so they can make better decisions about everything from what to buy to where to vacation. Now, regulators have taken the platform that the internet provides and are using it as a way to disseminate information about safety and compliance to federal regulations as well as complaints about Ohio nursing homes. As consumers are prepared with this additional information, they will be enabled to work to prevent nursing home neglect by selecting better nursing homes from the beginning and being on notice when any problems do arise.
There are close to 1000 nursing homes in the state of Ohio. A recent report focused attention in elder abuse cases throughout the northeastern region of our state. It is a violation of our criminal law for the owner, operator or administrator of a nursing home to commit elder abuse, or to neglect or grossly neglect a patient or resident of such a facility. Unfortunately, it still happens.