AARP - New State Law Seeks to Boost Nursing Home Accountability
The complaints state Rep. Jane Garibay (D-Windsor) received from her constituents with loved ones in nursing homes were alarming.
Among them: photos and video of a woman parked in a chair all day, crying about her painful bedsores; a daughter’s account of her father ringing the bell from his bed for three hours, trying to get help going to the bathroom, only to be ignored and humiliated.
Although some nursing homes offer quality care, others make millions of dollars while neglecting patients, says Garibay, cochair of the General Assembly’s Aging Committee. Consumers looking for a nursing home have no idea about a facility’s finances and corporate structure, she says.