AARP Texas calls for nursing home reform

AARP Texas has called on the local legislative body to institute some reforms concerning the state’s nursing home industry, The Pampa News reported on August 13.

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission met on August 13 to discuss matters concerning the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The report found that the relatively low financial penalties can make it hard for state regulators to eliminate nursing homes that provide substandard or mediocre services to patients.

The recommendations, if they are approved by the Commission and enacted into law next legislative session, will allow state regulators to conduct stricter inspections and raise the financial penalties on nursing home facilities that perform poorly. Texas’ long-term quality of care and quality of life was ranked 49th among the other states in the country in a report conducted by AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, earlier this year.

Unfortunately for some nursing home patients, instead of finding the solace and appropriate care they should be given in such facilities, they are subjected to substandard service and sometimes abuse. Should a loved one of yours experience something like this, call our attorneys at Hotze Runkle in Texas by dialing (877) 919-0830, and we may extend legal help to you.