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Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Workers with Criminal Past

March 3, 2011

A new study done by the Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 90 percent of nursing homes have at least one worker who has been convicted of one or more crimes.

The study, which also found that 5 percent of all nursing home employees have a criminal conviction, drew its figures based on a sample of more than 35,000 nursing home workers.

“Our analysis of F.B.I. criminal history records revealed that 92 percent of nursing facilities employed at least one individual with at least one criminal conviction,”said Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Nearly half of nursing facilities employed five or more individuals with at least one conviction. For example, a nursing facility with a total of 164 employees had 34 employees with at least one conviction each.”

Studies such as this shed new light on why nursing home abuse is so prevalent in our country. Often times nursing homes do not do their due diligence when hiring employees and our loved ones can pay the price in the form of abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a nursing home due to negligence on the part of the nursing home we urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer today.