Audits Reveal Key Issues With Nursing Homes

Recent audits of nursing homes in one area have uncovered two issues found in many nursing home, creating problems and worrying the nursing home community. These nursing homes are not reporting incidents of abuse and neglect when they should. After getting a complaint, nursing home staff is supposed to file it within a thirty day or sometimes sixty days’ time. Often these time frames are not being made due to facility’s lack of accuracy on medical records.

Also, after looking at various facilities a study found that background checks on their employees are not being done on time and sometimes not at all. Nursing homes are guilty of employees working for them with a past of criminal behavior. In one nursing home an employee was let go after notification that the caregiver had a background of an offense that would make anyone ineligible to work in a nursing home setting again. According to an auditor, “One of these employees had a conviction for a disqualifying offense that occurred prior to the employee’s date of hire,” state auditors said. “The licensee had employed this individual for over two years.” For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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