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Nursing Home Investigated after Cell Phone Misuse

A state’s department of health is investigating a nursing home after a complaint was made about an incident stemming from employee misuse of cell phone in patient areas. Two employees have been dismissed because of the incident. Under the nursing home’s policy an employee is not allowed to have a personal cell phone in a resident area. The nursing home currently has a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services rating of two stars, out of five. Surveys in 2008 found violations in reporting changes in residents’ physical or mental health to family members and doctors; helping residents with eating, drinking, grooming and hygiene when necessary; staffing’ and making sure that nursing home area is free of potential accident-causing dangers. Cell phones should not be allowed in patient areas because they lead to nursing home neglect. This can happen everywhere, including here in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about the nursing home employee incident, please click the link.