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Recently the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opened a new web site to help people evaluate nursing homes. The new web site is called "Nursing Homes Compared."

One of the most interesting features is one that allows consumers to view the nursing home deficiency report prepared by state health department inspectors. This is extremely important in helping loved ones decide which nursing home is best for their family member. Also interesting to note that in Alabama, copies of these nursing home deficiency reports cannot be admitted during a trial involving nursing home abuse or neglect. That is a change that also needs to take place in our laws. I would urge anybody who has an opportunity to review these deficiency reports to contact your legislator and let him know that not allowing this type information to be admitted to show notice of prior problems needs to be changed.

The new web site also provides information about anti-psychotic drug use at every nursing home in America. Anti-psychotic drugs have been used in nursing homes on residents that do not have illnesses for which antipsychotics are recommended. They can be used to sedate a resident. This is a way for nursing homes to warehouse your loved one and not have to give them the attention they deserved and that the nursing home is paid to provide. We urge you to look closely at the nursing home and its use of antipsychotic medications before admitting your loved one at that nursing.

In addition to reading the web site about nursing homes and their comparative rating, it is also important that you visit a nursing home and get a feel for its people, cleanliness and home like environment. Another wonderful source to use before deciding on a nursing home is The National Consumer Voice of Quality Long Term Care. This non-profit consumer organization has a great website that will also assist you in selecting a nursing home. In that web site is a consumer guide ton choosing a nursing home.

Using all these tools and then regularly visiting and monitoring the care of your loved one will help prevent nursing home abuse and neglect.

One Comment

  1. Gravatar for Daniel Haszard
    Daniel Haszard

    Thanks for posting this vital information.The Eli Lilly company made an astounding $67 BILLION on Zyprexa that they PUSHED on the elderly and underage children (*Viva Zyprexa* Lilly sales rep slogan) with wanton disregard for the side effects

    *FIVE at FIVE*

    The Zyprexa antipsychotic drug,whose side effects can include weight gain and diabetes, was sold to Veterans,children in foster care, elderly in nursing homes.

    *Five at Five* was the Zyprexa sales rep slogan, meaning *5mg dispensed at 5pm would keep patients quiet*.

    -- Daniel

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