Certain health facilities, including nursing homes, are governed by state Certificate of Need (CON) laws. Although, these laws were formerly administered at the federal level, the government eventually dropped them. However, 36 states – including Connecticut – continue to use CON laws.
One of the least talked about forms of elder abuse, financial scams target about 500,000 individuals annually and cost about $3 billion per year. These figures from the Nursing Home Abuse Guide make such crimes one of the largest, most pervasive forms of fraud in the U.S.
Considered a form of elder abuse for the extreme distress it causes, “dumping” occurs when a long-term care facility suddenly leaves a patient at an emergency room or evicts the individual without any warning. After, the facility tells the patient or his or her family they won’t re-admit, as it no longer has available beds. As federal and state regulations outline the proper discharge process for nursing homes, including a 30-day warning and extensive documentation, “dumping” violates several laws.
When you find out your loved one was neglected, injured or abused in a nursing home, your first course of action is likely to remove him or her from the facility. Then, you consider taking the home to court, only to discover during the intake process that your loved one had signed an arbitration agreement….
How widespread is sexual abuse in nursing homes? Unfortunately, this problem extends back decades, yet no federal data paints a comprehensive picture. In response, CNN conducted its own investigation, examining both state and federal data and interviewing experts. Its findings fall in line with past studies involving elder abuse and offers more insight into why…