November 13, 2011
A major Texas newspaper is reporting that many violations at nursing homes across the state are going uncited and unpunished.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that nursing home inspectors say they are discouraged by their supervisors from citing nursing home abuse and neglect. The newspaper also blames legislative changes and budget cuts for the proliferation of abuse throughout the state.
The newspaper’s analysis also showed that the state has nearly stopped issuing tough penalties like revoking licenses and government contracts from nursing homes found in violation of rules and regulations.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has denied the newspaper’s findings and says that inspectors are to do whatever it takes to protect nursing home residents.
NursingHomeAbuseCenter.org can report that many of our Texas visitors have contacted us looking for assistance with their nursing home abuse issues, including finding a good nursing home abuse lawyer, and it does appear that Texas needs to make adjustments to better prevent nursing home abuse and neglect in their state, as well as properly punish nursing homes and individuals when abuse is found.