One State Responds to Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Officials in one state are proactively responding to reports that serious allegations of abuse and neglect in nursing homes have often gone ignored due to administrative holes. The officials are taking action to make sure that type A citations will be prosecuted more often.

The Cabinet's inspector general, who's office issues the Type A citations, has established regular meetings to keep better track of them. It is also increasing training of nursing home regulators and developing a standardized form for reporting abuse and neglect. The state is also enhancing communication between the different reporting and prosecuting agencies.

In addition, the cabinet has put all nursing home Type A citations on its Web site, making it simple for the public to find information about nursing home violations. The state hopes these changes will increase the flow of information about charges of serious abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assure that follow-up, including prosecution when appropriate, takes place with each appropriate agency. 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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