In fact, President Donald Trump is looking to pass a new policy that would reduce the penalties that nursing homes would have to pay when convicted of nursing home abuse.
Why would the government pass such a bill? The American Health Care Association, which is in favor of the law, claims that nursing home inspectors are far more focused on finding mistakes at the nursing homes rather than assisting them. The nursing home industry, also in favor of the law, is looking for relief. Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes have been cited for a serious violation at least once. Medicare has fined about 65 percent of them.
With the new law in place, regulators would be discouraged from giving out citations. Plus, the fines would be decreased.
Some worry that this new law would do more harm than good. With nursing homes not receiving citations for violations, this is allowing nursing home abuse and neglect to go unpunished. Nursing home residents are left to die in the care of staff. In one case, a patient died due to improper care of a wound. The nursing home was fined nearly $283,000. Under the new law, the fine would be less than one-tenth of that amount—under $21,000.
In the United States, 10 percent of seniors over the age of 60 have faced some form of elder abuse. Only about 7 percent of those cases are reported to law enforcement. Things will just get worse with the new law. Seniors in nursing homes need to be protected even more, but with the new policy, nursing home residents will be treated like second-class citizens. Staff will continue to inflict harm on these innocent victims, causing the injury and death tolls to rise.
Seniors in the United States need to be protected, and this policy takes things in a totally different direction. Nursing homes will face more lenient punishment for wrongdoing, allowing the cycle of abuse to continue.
Now more than ever, it’s important that you protect your loved ones who are being abused and neglected in nursing homes. The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Elliott & Smith Law Firm can help you obtain justice. To get started, contact us online or call our Fayetteville office at 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).