Texas didn’t just fail the test when it comes to nursing home care, they got last place.
The state of Texas recently came under fire when it was named as the worst in terms of nursing home care in the country. According to a report by Better Care, a Florida-based advocacy group, Texas received an ‘F’ grade and was the only state which received failing grades in 6 out of 8 statistical measures! At the same time, Texas had the lowest percentage of nursing homes with above average rating that had to do with direct care staffing.
This doesn’t bode well for people looking to retire in America’s largest continental state. In fact, it has led to individuals looking for ways to fight back. One of the solutions to this problem has been to surreptitiously audio & video record order to document abuse at a nursing home. This practice is 100% allowed by Texas law and may serve as something which can help overturn the abysmal level of care in the state.
Recently, a video surfaced in the media showing Minnie Graham, a 98-year-old woman being tortured, beaten, pulled and slapped by nursing home attendants. She told her family about this; the nursing home explained away her black eye and bruised arms as a case of simply falling out of her wheelchair. Her family didn’t buy it and decided to set up a clock with a hidden camera in her room. The camera captured the mistreatment which brought to light the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem plaguing the state.
Additionally, Texas has some of the lowest fines when it comes to what nursing homes are expected to pay when they’re culpable due to documented deficiencies! This makes it that much harder for these nursing homes take these cases seriously, as they know that they can get away with it with only a sight slap on the wrist.
In 2011, the Department of Aging and Disability Services even recommended that 372 nursing facilities be closed for perceived deficiencies. However, the department reconsidered the termination of all but one of these facilities.
How we can help.
If you have a relative in a nursing home, it’s your responsibility to take action to ensure that they stay safe and live a quality life without fear of mistreatment. Rasansky Law firm would like to invite you to get in touch with us if you’d like more information relating to nursing home mistreatment. Please call us today. We look forward to serving you.