Elderly Abused at 1 in 3 Nursing Homes: Report

Examples of perhaps some of the worst care in other staff reports since 1999 include: a Chicago nursing home where dozens of residents were found in physical restraints, many in violation of federal health and safety standards, and a San Francisco nursing home where inspectors found hundreds of ants crawling over the body and in and out of the mouth of an 83-year-old resident.

Nursing home representatives argued that the "overwhelming majority" of nursing homes meet government standards and that many violations causing actual harm are actually trivial in nature, the report said.

The report countered that many allegations were examined in detail, documenting harmful violations, including at least one incident that contributed to a death.

Many other incidents were documented that, the report said, "would be of great concern to families, but were not classified as causing actual harm … "

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