A nursing home in Georgetown, Ohio announced this week that it is closing after regulators discovered two serious violations at the facility. Like many cases involving nursing home neglect, this closure might be the result of the home's attempts to put profit margins ahead of necessary maintenance. With the home closed, 60 residents will have to move to another care facility.
This nursing home violated two regulations by failing to fix a leak in the roof and neglecting to replace bad carpeting. While the violations involved in this case might appear relatively minor to an outside observer, either problem could have developed into a serious safety issue for a resident. For example, water damage could allow mold to develop - posing a threat to vulnerable residents with respiratory difficulties. Fall injuries are also common in nursing homes. The carpet problem in this home could have posed a tripping hazard for the residents.
In response to the closure, the facility's owner claims that the need to move to another home will be potentially dangerous for the 60 residents. While this is certainly true, this owner's neglectful failure to maintain the property in a safe condition is likely just as hazardous. Families and social agencies can help manage the safe transition to a new home - but vulnerable elders could easily suffer injuries if they remained in this facility.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Many cases, however, come from the same root problem: an owner's decision to make as much money as possible by trying to avoid the costs of providing a safe home.
Source: Fox 19, "60 seniors displaced after nursing home violations," Feb. 4, 2013