January 14, 2013
After accusations of rape, assault, and other forms of nursing home abuse in several Missouri nursing homes, an outcry for the release of previous investigations was honored this past Wednesday. The results were shocking.
At the request of ProPublica, a journalism group that has been exposing nursing home abuse, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the report, which indicated that at least 513 nursing homes in the state of Missouri have been fined. The fines were a result of a variety of infractions by the nursing homes, stemming from neglect, abuse, unsanitary living conditions, improper medical care, and more.
The most serious penalization went to the North Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in northern St. Louis. A total of 51 deficiencies were found at the nursing home, ranging from harsh punishments to the residents, abuse, and emotional stress. The report found that the victims were treated more like prisoners rather than residents, with alleged punishments of being locked in their room and forced to walk around without pants on.
Another nursing home, the Carrie Elligson Geitner Home, has been given several fines since 2010, consisting of medical neglect, abuse, and failing to monitor ill patients. Because of the 40 deficiencies found in the nursing home over the past three years, the nursing home was fined over $23,000.
Although the nursing home administrators have made a statement defending the accusations, the loved ones of the victims still have the right to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for personal damages.