Nevada fails nursing home care review

9841759_sA recent report based off data collected in 2012 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered that many elderly nursing home residents in Nevada are faced with mistreatment, patient abuse, and neglect. Nevada is one of two states in the country where health inspectors found one or more deficiencies with every nursing home in the state. The report also noted that one out of every three nursing homes in Nevada was cited for a severe deficiency. When a nursing home is labeled with a severe deficiency, it means that a resident previously suffered from harm or is in imminent danger.

Nevada’s ranking 

Nursing homes throughout the country were graded on several different factors relating to nursing home neglect, such as direct care staffing, health facilities and percentage of facilities with deficiencies, and then given a letter grade. Nevada was given an “F” rating and received the lowest scores in five out of the eight categories reviewed, ultimately ranking as the lowest scored state in the Pacific region. 

Examples of inadequate care in Nevada 

Some of the severe care deficiencies in Nevada’s nursing homes noted in this report included:

  • At a rehabilitation hospital, a nurse’s aide left an elderly gentleman alone in the bathroom, even though he was at risk for falling, while she went on a break. After being left by himself, the man suffered injuries to one of his arms and his right ear.
  • Inspectors discovered that a resident at a care center was able to wander away from the center and was later found after he had travelled on a bus. At this same location, another resident fell down three times and had to be taken to the hospital due to one of the accidents.
  • An employee at a care center did not administer a patient’s medication correctly. This resulted in problems with the patient’s breathing. After this incident occurred, the employee failed to tell a doctor and the patient’s family members about what happened.
  • After a resident told workers his stomach did not feel right, he died after not having a bowel movement for over four days. 

Unfortunately, these are just a few of the severe cases of neglect and abuse mentioned in this review. In cases like these which cause an elderly patient severe harm, nursing home residents may be eligible to receive compensation. Those who suffered from abuse or neglect while they were residing at a nursing home should consult with an attorney who can help them obtain a fair settlement for their injuries.