I read a letter from 2013 wherein a person was inquiring about possible abuse of her Dad in a nursing home. Plez believe ur Dad! U have more to lose if u don't & talking to the top agents in that nh or hosp means zilch! Keep in mind that they're there to protect that facility not the pts that are in it! I'm only 53 but I'd had a stroke & many other med issues that required rehab care in nursing homes. I was in several facilities in PG Co., Mont Co, & Balt. Md. I'm also medically trained. I tell u all of this so u know that I'm a trained professional. I know exactly what I'm saying. I've caught sepsis & MRSA in these facilities. I have had (so called) nursing aids & nurses abuse me physically. I've had falls & laid in my rm doorway on a main corridor of the place for over 1 hr. or I had seizures & the staff watched & laughed! I've watched elderly pts get abused by other pts. Me & several other pts reported it to aids, nurses even director of the facility who did 0! Ombudsmen are jokes! They can only make "suggestions" to the staff & can't order the facility to make any changes or to do anything. When we told the Nurse Prac that I had sepsis & MRSA THEY DID 0! I had a dual mediport that should be changed every 7 min-10 max days. My port was left 29 days & another time 32days! Do u wonder I got sepsis..! All of the tests that I'd told her I needed 2 days before were suddenly ordered STAT( med PRONTO)! There were bugs & mold in the showers, etc. Calling ur State Office of Health Care Quality at least means an investigation is done. If found factual it stays on the nh or hosp "public info record" for 3 yrs. When u get labelled a problem pt ur care gets worse! Routinely charts are backdated & events are doctored (if they're even noted in the record. U don't need med training necessarily for this. Chk the dates×) Try having visitors do imprompto pop in
visits. Again plez don't think these folks are there out of love. Also check ur state's public criminal database websites. The life saved may be ur loved one's or ur own (if ur the pt!). Just a view from the inside looking out. God bless u & ur family.