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July 21, 2012

It’s a difficult enough decision to place a loved on in a nursing home facility. The fact that there are a variety of reports on any given day regarding the poor treatment that nursing home residents receive doesn’t help these matters at all. Unfortunately, this trend in nursing home abuse and neglect seems to be an ongoing and growing problem for many of the nation’s nursing homes.

According to USA Today, a recent report has revealed that more than 500 nursing homes in the United States are consistently receiving substandard scores. The causes range from neglect issues such as bedsores, physical abuse, and unlicensed and unqualified nursing home caregivers.

The report is graded on a system created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and each nursing home is given a score based upon health inspection, staffing members (levels of staffing in each nursing home), and quality measures. Ratings are based on one to five stars, with one star being the lowest possible grade. A number of nursing homes continue to receive one star ratings over and over, according to the report.

Although many of these nursing homes are not passing or barely passed the mandated inspections, many families don’t know where to turn for help. No incident is too minor to be ignored, and legal counsel should be sought via experienced nursing home abuse lawyers if you find that your loved one is not being taken care of properly in a nursing home.

In the meantime, Medicare.gov provides an interactive that allows individuals to search for and compare different nursing homes. The site will also allow to view the grade that each nursing home has received.

Sources: http://www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/include/datasection/questions/proximitysearch.asp?bhcp=1
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-10/nursing-home-federal-ratings/53031094/1

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