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MPAS Releases Comprehensive Public Report on Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes Throughout Michigan

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS), the agency that publicly reported on maggots found in nursing homes, has compiled a report that describes numerous examples of abuse and neglect in nursing homes throughout the state. It also provides recommendations on changes that must be made to assure a safe and healthy environment for all nursing home residents. Examples abuse and neglect range from maggot infestations and dangerous errors in medicine dosing to choking, restraining, burning, and death.

Although examples of abuse and neglect can be found in nursing homes in any county in Michigan, those counties highlighted in the report are: Calhoun, Crawford, Genesee, Huron, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Mecosta, Midland, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Joseph, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

One of the many recommendations that MPAS proposes is to strengthen the system by requiring facilities to do background checks on all currently employed nursing home employees and to prohibit the hiring of anyone who has had a validated state licensing complaint involving abuse or neglect.

The agency also says that present law should be changed to require that all caregivers report abuse, neglect, or mistreatment directly to the state. Presently, only frontline caregivers are required to report this type of mistreatment to the nursing home administrator and/or director of nursing. Also, all workers who are mandated reporters and fail to report cases of abuse and neglect as required by law, should have their professional licenses revoked and criminal charges filed against them.

In addition, any owner, operator, or administrator of a nursing home who fails to protect residents from abuse and neglect should be criminally charged and their license to operate immediately revoked. Owners of such facilities should not be allowed to re-organize or operate ever again within the State of Michigan.

“While the report highlights various examples of abuse and neglect identified through state nursing home inspection surveys, MPAS believes there are many other examples that go unreported or undetected,” says Elmer L. Cerano, executive director of MPAS.  

“MPAS hopes that readers of this report will be as outraged as we are and will encourage those responsible for implementing change within the system will exercise their power to do so. MPAS will continue to advocate for changes to this reporting system.”

Other recommendations for improvement are contained in the MPAS report, Nursing Homes: Abuse and Neglect Throughout Michigan.

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December 18, 2012