September 4, 2011
Disability Rights Iowa, a group that advocates for disabled people of Iowa, says that Governor Terry Branstad’s decision to reduce state nursing home inspectors is allowing for abuse and neglect of nursing home residents and has even contributed to the deaths of residents.
The group’s executive director, Sylvia Piper, wrote in an open letter to Branstad that the lack sufficient nursing home inspectors is causing people to suffer and die on a regular basis. She also invited Branstad to tour Iowa nursing homes with her and see first hand the nursing home abuse and neglect that takes place.
A spokesman for Branstad said the Governor says the current inspection department is doing great work and he is proud of them.
Controversy over this issue came after 10 nursing home inspectors and two abuse prosecutors’ jobs were eliminated as part of budget cuts. But when lawmakers saw the need for the inspector positions money was raised to restore the positions; however, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals then said the money was not needed and spent it elsewhere.
You can help fight nursing home abuse by contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer if you or a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home.