Nursing Home Oversight Programs Slashed by Budget Cuts
According to a story found on Redding.com, a monitoring program responsible for overseeing the activities of hundreds of nursing home facilities in northern California is being forced to scale back operations after losing a sizable portion of its budget.
These budget cutting concessions may lead to more cases of nursing home neglect in California. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is one of the programs curtailed by the budget cuts. This program provides for walk-through tours of nursing homes and other elderly care facilities, and has helped investigate hundreds of cases of nursing home neglect and abuse. While the walk-through tours will continue, their number will be scaled back dramatically.
Without the additional oversight provided by the ombudsmen, officials cited in the news story are worried that residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes may choose not to report cases of neglect or abuse for fear of reprisals.
Even more troubling are the concerns that administrators have about nutrition programs. Officials cited in the report mention that food programs are facing extensive pressure due to increased costs of delivery. This could set the stage for malnutrition for many nursing home residents who are often without close supervision from family members.
The budget concerns of today could create more insidious problems later on if we do not protect our nursing home residents. If you have any questions about nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, please contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas.