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Trump Rolls Back Regulations Paving The Way for Elder Abuse

Did you know an Assisted Care Facility could neglect your family member, to the point of death – and be exempt from fines and repercussions after Trump rolled back regulations?

The list of people being hurt and cast aside under this ridiculous Orwellian nightmare of an administration continues to grow as Trump has rolled back the use of fines against nursing homes cited for neglect & abuse. Texas was already a slow dog in this race, below is our “report card.”

According to a report from Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), which licenses long-term care providers, according to all of the data and collected records “investigators spotted 454 violations of the highest severity level those involving “immediate jeopardy” of nursing home residents and 312 violations at the second highest severity level, those involving “actual harm” of residents.”

That sentence means they either “accidentally” killed or almost killed 500 people in a year. If you “almost kill 500 people a year” we have some safety, training, and education issues within the system. The bipartisan Texas Sunset Advisory Commission recommended in a final report in 2015 that Texas legislature STRENGTHEN regulation to keep our vulnerable safe, not cut back regulations.

Texas Fact Sheet

In a recent article by The New York Times, “Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — four of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes.” According to the AARP sheet, Texas ain’t doing so hot in the quality of care area.”

Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores. The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death. The guidelines will also probably result in lower fines for many facilities.”

“In October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discouraged its regional offices from levying fines, even in the most serious health violations, if the error was a “one-time mistake.” The centers said that intentional disregard for residents’ health and safety or systemic errors should still merit fines.”  -The PDF of this exact file is directly below…

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Lincoln Manor, an assisted care facility in Decatur, Ill is used as the example of abuse to show the difference in fines.  The staff of the facility was cited for “failing to monitor and treat the wound of a patient whose implanted pain-medication pump gradually slipped over eight days through a ruptured suture and protruded from her abdomen” this resulted in the death of the patent.

One can ONLY IMAGINE that being them or their mother sitting there – for eight days – with something that is supposed to provide life-saving medication is slipping out of their ruptured suture in their ABDOMEN.

Under the Obama rules, Lincoln Manor was fined $282,954. Under Trump, the home where a person died because of neglect and untrained staff would be fined less than $21,000.

If you are aware of a specific act of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, you are required by law to report it. If the victim is in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or is in his or her home and using a home health agency, call the Department of Aging and Disability Services at (800) 458-9858.

 

One Comment

  1. Delia Delia December 30, 2017

    Wow! We definitely need to make elderly care a priority!

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