This past Saturday, an elderly woman was found dead at the bottom of a staircase while still strapped into her wheelchair at a nursing home in Illinois. The nurse who found her failed to contact the authorities to report her death. The woman claimed that she did not call the police because she was afraid of loosing her job. Belleville Nursing Home, the location of this occurrence, maintains a one-star rating by Medicare, a nursing home ranking system managed by the federal government. It is also worth mentioning that the woman who owns the Belleville Nursing Home also owns 10 other nursing homes with 1 star ratings.
Atypical nursing home deaths like these often go improperly reported. Take, for example, the case of an elderly man named Mister Giles. Mr. Giles wandered off from his nursing home and was found frozen to death in a nearby creek. The staff of the nursing home in which he was residing neglected to inform the authorities of Mr. Giles' disappearance in a timely manner. Tragic incidences like these occur far too often. Proper reporting methods for nursing home deaths need to be created and enforced in order to minimize tragedy.
The following is a link to the full report: www.bnd.com/2015/03/21/3724900_owner-operates-11-nursing-homes.html?rh=1