Washington, D.C. Nursing Homes Earn Passing Grade
Washington, D.C. nursing homes recently received a grade of “C” from an advocacy group, and ranked 29th among the 51 U.S. jurisdictions.
The August 2013 report rated the nation’s nursing homes on a number of factors. Washington, D.C.’s care facilities ranked very highly in terms of health inspections (First) and direct care staffing hours (13th). On the flip side, Washington ranked very poorly with regard to the percentage of facilities with at least one deficiency (50th), the percentage of facilities with a severe deficiency (50th) and verified ombudsman complaints (48th).
Alaska had the nation’s best nursing homes, according to the report, while Texas had the worst nursing homes.
Signs of elder abuse in nursing homes
“Elder abuse” is a negligent act by a caregiver that causes a risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Washington, D.C. nursing home neglect attorneys frequently see the same indications of abuse in many cases. Some of the more common forms of nursing home abuse are:
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse can include both pushing and shoving, and improper use of restraints.
- Neglect: A caregiver might isolate a senior either as punishment for a minor infraction or as a way of taking a patient off an overbooked schedule.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse may be both direct and indirect. Indirect abuse might involve forcing a senior to view pornography or witness a sex act.
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