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Nursing Home Reform Advocate Points Out Reporting Problems

A nursing home reform advocate points out that there are many clear cases of nursing home abuse that continue to be seen and that there need to be changes in the law and changes in the way in which nursing home patients are protected from abuse. He also mentions that many of these abuses fail to get reported to the authorities and that even the agency responsible for monitoring for abuse and neglect has claimed that this abuse is not happening in places where it is clear that it is. He suggests several reforms that could be made in the law to help protect against this abuse and neglect such as background checks being performed on all of the employees and requiring nursing homes to obtain liability insurance. The husband of a victim of nursing home abuse is quoted saying that patients in nursing homes have no more rights than inmates in prisons. The issue of nursing home abuse and neglect is also prevalent in Chicago, Illinois. For the full story click here.