October 23, 2011
A recent opinion article on MPNnow.com discusses the importance of nursing home reform, at a time when abuse and neglect at nursing homes across the country remains a large problem.
The article was written by Joel Freedman of the Long Term Care Community Coalition and takes a look at the struggle to end nursing home abuse which began 40 years ago in the 1970’s. Although some progress has been made, nursing home abuse is still very much a problem.
The author mentions the abundance of abuse and neglect issues that still plague nursing homes; problem such as physical abuse, understaffing, bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, and unnecessary use of psychiatric medication.
Freedman insists that our country’s leaders, even our president, need to make nursing home reform a priority, lest someone from our family or even us personally suffer the consequences of poor nursing home care.
Surveillance cameras are also mentioned in the article as a method of insuring nursing home residents are receiving proper care and are not being abused. Hidden cameras have been used in recent lawsuits in which a nursing home abuse lawyer uses video evidence to prove negligence on the part of the nursing home.