Nursing Homes May Transfer Ownership to Hide Questionable Care
In the aftermath of a resident accident, report of abuse or neglect, or serious complaints against staff, a nursing home’s lease or title may simply be transferred to another company as a way to position a band-aid over real issues. When nursing home facilities are often bought, resold and rebranded, families of residents should raise questions about whether administrators or staff are to blame.
“A May 2016 article in the Boston Globe highlighted the findings of a Harvard University study on the impact an acquisition has on nursing home quality. The study found that there was a direct link between the number of times a facility had changed hands and the number of state violations it had. The authors ultimately concluded that the changing of hands wasn’t the cause, but the fact that the facility itself was plagued by troubles and that changing ownership did little to improve it.” – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
In some nursing home sales, ownership of the facility is being transferred to real estate investment trusts vs. people who actually know how to run a long-term care home. When this happens questionable ownership and mismanagement can lead to abuse, neglect and serious lulls in supply of:
- resources and care tools
- social activities
- rehabilitation services
- infrastructure updates
- workers’ wages and benefits
Families must understand who is in control of the facility and who will be protecting residents from any voids in regular system care.
Who Is Protecting Residents?
Families facing these situations will have to do their research to find out if a group acquiring a facility has a proven track record of improving care. While nursing homes can be evaluated by visiting the Nursing Home Compare website, the problem is that the group or company that owns the home isn’t always ranked or tracked under the same name, so it can be nearly impossible to determine if they have a positive history when it comes to operating care facilities. Regardless of the lack of information available, it is still recommended that the family of current residents understand the reasoning behind a new nursing home business name and leadership. Upon new ownership announcements, revisiting the same questions asked when first moving a loved one into a nursing home or skilled nursing facility will help.
Talk to a Lawyer About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Levin & Perconti is one of the nation’s most recognized and respected leaders in the areas of elder abuse and nursing home negligence litigation and settled cases throughout the city of Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and the entire state of Illinois. Our nursing home attorneys know that many facilities routinely violate the law and treat residents poorly under a history of changing names or ownership to cloud and confuse incident reports.
If you suspect neglect or abuse of a loved one in a nursing home, please contact us now for a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys. Call us toll free at 1-877-374-1417, in Chicago at (312) 332-2872, or complete our online case evaluation form.