Nursing homes that outsource services to companies that are part of their corporate network have residents with a greater risk of suffering from substandard care. According to a recent New York Times article, based on an analysis of inspection and quality records performed by Kaiser Health News, nursing homes engaging in this practice were found to have fewer nurses and aides per resident, higher rates of injuries, unsafe practices and close to twice as many complaints as independent care facilitiesDo You Have a Case?
The study found that almost 75% of nursing homes in the United States outsource a variety of services to companies they control or have a financial interest in. While these kinds of business arrangements can offer significant financial and administrative advantages to the nursing homes, researchers found that in some cases, the owners arrange favorable contracts in which their nursing home pays higher rates for services allowing them to skim the profits. Owners then siphon off higher profits without recording them on the nursing home’s ledgers.
Unfortunately, these benefits often prove detrimental to the residents. Additionally, when a resident or family member files a lawsuit for neglect or substandard care, it has proven harder for residents and families to collect from these ancillary companies, even when negligence has occurred, according to the research by Kaiser Health News.
Other findings of the Kaiser Health News analysis included:
Similar results were found to be true regarding for-profit nursing homes doing business with related companies. Their fines and substantiated complaints were higher than those at independent for-profit homes, while staffing rates were 4% lower.
“It is reprehensible for nursing homes and related companies to hide behind corporate walls at the expense of these vulnerable residents,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms including bedsores, malnutrition, poorly lit hallways, lack of bed rails or other safety measures, insufficient supervision of residents and many more. Abuse and neglect can be evidenced by signs such as unexplained bruises, dehydration, weight loss, depression, fearfulness, anxiety, unsanitary conditions and deficient personal hygiene, among others.
If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected or receiving substandard care, contact us immediately for a free consultation. The experienced and compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm are ready to help protect your loved one and obtain the compensation you and your family deserve.
“We will fight to protect elderly residents from being abused or taken advantage of by corporate conglomerates who put profits ahead of proper care for this vulnerable population,” said Bernstein. “Call us today to see how we can help your family.”Do You Have a Case?
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