It is a major decision to choose whether to place an aging parent into a nursing home. The understanding is that they will receive a high level of care while residing in a comfortable facility.
A Philadelphia area nursing home, St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare, was cited for extreme neglect and had its license revoked last September. The Pennsylvania Department of Health found the facility was not providing proper wound treatment and nursing care. St. Francis won an appeal against the license revocation and now is operating with a provisional license.
The Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Lyons, New Jersey, was recently ranked internally with a one out of five stars rating. One of the reasons for the low rating was the number of residents that were being treated with antipsychotic drugs.
The big fear when an elderly person falls is broken bones, especially hip fractures. While that danger is very real, head trauma from falls is often overlooked.
Many nursing homes are critically understaffed or are forced to hire workers with sketchy backgrounds. This staffing deficit in turn leads to serious harm to thousands of patients from negligence, neglect and abuse.