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Advocacy Group Speaks Out on Industry Profits and Nursing Home Abuse

April 9, 2012

The citizen advocacy organization Families for Better Care is speaking out on nursing home abuse and deficient care at publicly traded nursing homes saying these facilities are trading in quality care for profit.

Families for Better Care says falls, bed sores, neglect, and abuse are all too common at nursing homes while recent nursing home earnings reports for publicly traded nursing homes remain very high.

Medicare cuts to nursing homes have not stopped these facilities from raking in big money. Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care, says nursing homes are have cut down on labor costs to counter reduced medicare reimbursements, creating an environment ripe for abuse and neglect.

A report from last year shows that nursing hours have decreased in Medicare-licensed nursing homes and care deficiencies are at a high level, according to Families for Better Care.

Families for Better Care want lawmakers to demand greater disclosure from nursing homes and want nursing homes to focus more money on quality care for residents.

We always recommend our visitors seek the consultation of a nursing home abuse attorney if you or a loved one was abused or neglected at a nursing facility.