Reporter Brad Schrade’s investigative report on abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities was published in the June 6 edition of the Star Tribune. His investigation reveals eye-opening facts and figures, which should set off alarms for those in the care industry and those who oversee the care industry. Here are some samples:
In the past six years, according to records reviewed by the Star Tribune, state regulators have substantiated 273 cases of abuse and exploitation at nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and in-home care agencies.
In 381 other cases of suspected abuse and exploitation — including 96 reports of sexual abuse — the state was unable to prove that misconduct took place, even though regulators found some evidence of wrongdoing in almost two-thirds of those investigations, records show.
Federal officials have repeatedly faulted Minnesota for how it reviews complaints of abuse and neglect. Twice in the past four years, federal records show, state regulators did not properly investigate 40 percent of reported complaints.
Many abuse cases at nursing homes and other care providers never get prosecuted. The nature of the allegations can be difficult to prove in court.
State regulators said they continue to wonder if they should have taken a tougher stand on Good Samaritan’s conduct, but they believe recent policy changes will make it easier to levy sanctions in the future.
We at the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm commend Reporter Schrade and the Star Tribune for addressing this problem of abuse. If you believe that a loved one has suffered abuse at a nursing home or other care facility that promise to care for vulnerable adults, take action now and contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552 2873 to set up a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.