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Study Shows Many Nursing Home Problems Go Underreported

Serious flaws in the nursing home industry have been uncovered by a nursing home watchdog group. This group believes that unreported physical and sexual elderly abuse is occurring too often inside many nursing homes. The group spent a great deal of time on the Medicare website that was supposed to show what’s going on inside all nursing homes around the country. Even after a great elderly abuse scandal, the website still states that no deficiencies were noted at the nursing home. At one facility, someone saw an employee pick up a nightgown soaked with urine and that a worker shoved it in the resident’s mouth and told her to shut up. Still, the Department of Health didn’t note any deficiencies. This occurs because if deficiencies are not noted they do not show up on the Medicare website. The study showed that 80 percent of confirmed abuse cases in one state in the last four years didn’t get reported to the federal government. To read more about the nursing home abuse study, please click the link.