November 8th, 2010
The Lubbock State Supported Living Center–a Texas nursing home for the mentally challenged with a history of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect–has made recent improvements to prevent such abuse, said state officials. The improvements are being made under the threat of a Department of Justice lawsuit.
Since May, 11 people have been fired and the percentage of filled nursing positions has gone from 57 percent to 78 percent of positions filled, said Libby Allen, the facility’s director. Additionally, all dental and psychiatry positions are now filled.
The state’s report commends the nursing home for a zero-tolerance policy on abuse, as well as correcting staff issues, and adjusting living arrangements for residents with behavioral issues.
“Some remarkable progress has been made here,” said Chris Traylor, commissioner of the state agency that oversees the center. “What is more remarkable is how far we have to go.”
Out of the 13 state-run facilities that house and treat people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, federal investigators found that at least 53 deaths in these facilities from September 2007 to September 2008 were caused by conditions considered preventable or lapses in proper care.