I am republishing an article from Kaiser Health News which focuses on the problems with many nursing homes. This is not meant to vilify all nursing facilities. It is just meant to put a light on some of the issues that we face as our population ages and needs more institutional care. At the risk of offending my readers that are generally “less government” oriented, I would like to shine a light on why we need oversight and assistance from the government to prevent these things from happening. My own mother was a federally certified inspector of nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. The stories do not surprise me, however, I fear that we are going to decrease government oversight to our peril.
Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Photo is from the article (Cheryl Powers fixes the hair of her mother, Elaine Fisher, at the Rehabilitation Center of Bakersfield in Bakersfield, Calif., where Fisher moved after problems at a previous home. She fractured a hip after slipping from a wheelchair. (Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times))