Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms,” Israel said today. “And what makes this problem so complicated is how often neglect and abuse go unreported in nursing homes across the country
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
Arizona’s nursing homes have some of fewest serious deficiencies compared to other states around the country, according to a recent independent study. Specifically, the study conducted by ProPublica (Jan. 25, 2013) ranked Arizona nursing homes 25th nationwide for the highest incidences of serious deficiencies. But the situation remains far more complex than the statistics suggest, according to Phoenix nursing home negligence attorney Kyle A. Israel.
“Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms,” Israel said today. “And what makes this problem so complicated is how often neglect and abuse go unreported in nursing homes across the country. The statistics only begin to show the extent of the problem of elder abuse. That’s why families need to be so careful when selecting the right nursing home to care for a loved one.”
ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative reporting agency, conducted the report analyzing serious deficiencies in nursing homes state by state around the country. ProPublica’s analysis of nursing homes was based on data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ProPublica’s report analyzed fines paid by nursing homes for deficiencies for the past three years. The deficiencies were based on inspections conducted at nursing homes. The report then ranked the severity of the deficiencies from ‘A’ to ‘L’. Deficiencies ranked ‘A’ were described as “no actual harm with potential for minimal harm. Deficiency is widespread.” Deficiencies ranked ‘L’ referred to something that poses “immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety.” According to the study, 145 Arizona nursing homes paid $374,000 in penalties and seven nursing homes were cited for serious deficiencies during the past three years, the report states.
What the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services defines as a deficiency covers a wide range. Some of the deficiencies cited for Arizona nursing homes include not having a system in place to address nursing home residents’ grievances, no background checks to verify employees have no history of abuse or neglect, discouraging wheelchair-using residents from freely moving around nursing home, failing to remove hazardous objects that pose a serious risk to patients, not conducting annual reviews of nurses’ aides, outdated clinical and medical records for residents and facility not designed to accommodate the comfort and wellbeing of residents.
Reports about such nursing home deficiencies came as no surprise to Arizona nursing home neglect lawyer Kyle A. Israel.
“We have sadly seen this situation occur time and again,” the Phoenix personal injury lawyer said. “Families choose a nursing home they believe will care for their loved ones, only to find out that they are not being treated with dignity or respect. Even worse, some patients are underfed, neglected or even physically or sexually abused by staff members.”
“Many families feel helpless and powerless in such situations,” Israel added. “Luckily, state and federal agencies exist that can help families take action against such extreme forms of abuse and negligence. That’s also what we do best at Israel Law Group: stand up for the rights of families and abuse victims.”
About Israel Law Group
The Israel Law Group has helped people throughout Arizona that need assistance from an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer. Attorney Kyle A. Israel specializes helping victims of auto accidents, construction accidents, construction defects, lithium toxicity, dog bites and nursing home negligence. Attorney Israel works on a contingency fee basis. By working this way, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
The main office for the Israel Law Group is located at 3300 N. Central Ave, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012. For more information or to schedule a free case evaluation, call (888) 900-3667 or visit our website at http://www.ilg-firm.com