Did you know that….Most Nursing Homes Are For-Profit Businesses?
In 2011, a study analyzed the ten largest for-profit nursing home chains between 2003 and 2008 compared to all other
ownership groups. The results were shocking. The top ten for-profit chains had:
The lowest staffing levels, the highest number of deficiencies identified by public regulatory agencies, and the highest number
of deficiencies causing harm or jeopardy to residents. Because they are businesses and rely mainly on the income provided by Medicare and Medicaid, they’ll be reluctant to report abuse and/or neglect (see chapter 5, “Nursing Home Abuse”), though all fifty states make that their legal responsibility. This is why it is important for anyone who is aware of nursing home abuse to report it. While it is not possible to undo the harm already done to the residents, it is possible to hit the nursing homes in the pocketbook, where it will hurt them the most because they are businesses and get their attention so nobody else’s loved ones are harmed.
Charlene Harrington, Brian Olney, Helen Carillo, Taewoon Kang, “Nurse Staffing and
Deficiencies in the Largest For-Profit Nursing Home Chains and Chains Owned by Private
Equity Companies,” Health Services Research (2011).