Penn. State Veterans Homes Have Big Problems

In one Pennsylvania state Veterans home, health inspectors declared a state of imminent jeopardy because dementia patients wandered unattended in a dining area with potentially dangerous food and equipment. In another facility, a Veteran who pleaded to be sent to an emergency room because of excruciating pain was found dead on the floor of a heart attack. Those incidents and dozens of others are recounted in grim detail in inspection reports for the six Pennsylvania-run Veterans’ nursing homes. The reports, compiled by state health department inspectors, show that despite outrage from veterans groups and patients’ families three years ago, the care provided often is lacking. A spokeswoman for the state agency that runs the homes said all deficiencies were corrected. Read more here.

Source: Trib Total Media

David Wingate is an elder law attorney practicing in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. The elder law practice consists of powers of attorneys, wills, trusts, asset protection and Medicaid.

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