Suicide deaths among older adults, reflecting the national trend among all age groups, are climbing. Older Americans residing in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes are part of this troubling trend, according to a six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour. This raises the issue of whether facilities are engaged in nursing home neglect and abuse by failing to recognize warning signs and preventing suicide.
Nursing homes are legally required to provide a reasonable level of care and treat residents with dignity. The federal government and Ohio can impose numerous penalties for nursing home neglect and abuse. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently gave notice to a Xenia nursing home that it will not make Medicare and Medicaid payments to the facility because of several citations over patient care.
Nursing home residents are entitled to dignified and professional care. When this does not occur, nursing home neglect abuse can have devastating consequences. Criminal charges were recently filed against six Columbus nursing home employees and a contracted nurse practitioner after the neglected two patients who were under their care. One patient died.
Measures to assure the safety of nursing home residents may have had the weekend off. In order to lower the hospitalization of residents, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will increase weekend inspections of nursing homes by state survey agencies reviewing the quality of care and resident safety. The CMS undertook this action after Congressional concerns were expressed over nursing home neglect and abuse.
Nursing home care can help elderly individuals live healthy and dignified lives. Failing to meet this important responsibility, however, can have terrible consequences. One case that serves to prove this point involves complaints by the family of a 90-year-old resident that have caused state authorities to investigate a central Ohio facility for alleged nursing home neglect and abuse.
Elderly residents of Ohio nursing homes are entitled to a reasonable standard of care. Deviations from this care is nursing home neglect and abuse which can cause serious injuries and even death. Criminal proceedings were held earlier this month against two of three defendants allegedly responsible for the death of a nursing home resident who froze to death in the facility's courtyard on Jan. 7.
Ohio and other states license nursing homes to assure that residents are afforded a reasonable standard of care. However, a recent report revealed that unlicensed nursing homes across the country are committing unacceptable and even illegal acts and compounding the frequency of nursing home neglect and abuse.