Monitor Ordered to Check Up On Long Term Care Home for Children

One state's Governor has ordered that a care monitor be placed at a long term care facility for children after a pattern of neglect has developed. The governor also requested that his senior health policy adviser immediately draft legislation to ensure the safety of long term care residents statewide.

The governor's action was sparked after the Chicago Tribune ran stories last week that detailed the facility's history of violations and fatalities. In all, 13 children and young adults have died at the facility since 2000 in cases that resulted in state citations for neglect or failure to adequately investigate.

The health monitor will now making unannounced visits, according to the governor's office and the Department of Public Health. The visits will take place three times a week at different time of the day.  According to the Department of Health, the monitor will be a nurse with experience in long-term care who will check staffing levels, investigate problems specific to the facility and observe how employees interact with the residents.

The monitor will submit written reports after each visit to the Department of Health. Citations may be issued if the monitor find violations at the facility. The for-profit facility cares primarily for children and young adults with multiple physical and mental disabilities, including severe or profound cognitive impairment. 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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