6ABC reported on the recent audit by the Federal Government which found an alarming number of nursing homes failing to report suspected abuse, including sexual abuse. Action News Investigative Reporter Chad Pradelli has been investigating the nursing home industry in Pennsylvania for the past year. Pradelli looked at every state inspection report in the 5 county region for 2016 and 2017.
He found dozens of cases where nursing homes failed to properly investigate and report neglect, abuse or possible abuse both physical and sexual. The investigation found state inspectors cited nearly half of all nursing homes in the 5 county region for either failing to investigate and/or properly report possible abuse and neglect in 2016 and 2017. 85 facilities in all were cited.
Attorney Sam Brooks of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said, “It’s not in the nursing homes interest to properly report issues and enforce regulations because it affects their bottom line.”
Sam Brooks is a nursing home advocate who’s been investigating nursing home abuse. He says not only are facilities failing to report abuse or possible abuse, they do not adequately investigate.
He blames both nursing home staff and the State Dept. of Health that is responsible for overseeing them. He looked at every inspection report of nursing homes in Philadelphia from 2012-2014.
“We found 9/10 if you filed a complaint against the facility the Department of Health was not substantiating that complaint. So hundreds and hundreds of complaints were dismissed,” said Brooks. “What we were shocked by is over 3 years of complaints in Philadelphia we didn’t find one violation for sexual abuse or purposeful harm,” said Brooks.