Hidden VA Nursing Home Care Data Published
According to USA Today and The Boston Globe, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been tracking and withholding data on the quality of care at VA nursing homes for years. Because of this alleged fail, resident veterans and their families may not see the bigger picture regarding the quality of care services provided or performed. Families may also be withheld vital health care information to assist in making support decisions. On June 25, 2018, the national news outlets published the ‘hidden’ information from 133 VA nursing homes using reports obtained from internal DVA documents. The review concluded that for the 46,000 veteran residents across the U.S., more than two-thirds of their VA nursing homes were “more likely to have issues related to serious bedsores and residents who will suffer serious pain, than their counterparts in private nursing homes across the country.”
Unlike the VA, private nursing homes are required to submit timely reports on the care they provide to measure quality, inspection issues and staffing. That data is then publicly posted on a federal website for families to use when researching a facility for their loved one.
VA officials were not in agreement with the news outlets’ findings and say that its nursing home system, overall, “compares closely” with private nursing homes. Our attorneys always suggest family members do a fair amount of research before picking a facility for their loved one. This new information may be a helpful resource. Our blog readers can view the USA TODAY and The Globe published data here.
Illinois Nursing Homes for Veterans Operate Under Poor Care Ratings
According to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), four nursing homes for veterans are licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of jurisdiction in the state of Illinois.
- The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home – Anna
- The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home – LaSalle
- The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home – Manteno
- The Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home – Quincy
All of these homes carry 1- to 3-star ratings for care quality – nothing to brag about as low ratings may indicate neglect or abuse. In addition, the veterans home in Quincy has been affected numerous times by viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as influenza and Legionnaires’ disease which were found to have contaminated its air and water systems and left 13 residents dead from a horrific Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys for Veterans
The Illinois nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti can help if a veteran has suffered as a result of a poorly performing VA nursing home. We are one of the most widely-known and respected nursing home abuse and neglect law firms in Illinois, achieving multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements for individuals and families who have been impacted by nursing home abuse, wrongful death, malpractice, or neglect.
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