Missing sprinkler systems a threat in nursing homes

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the federal agency whose tasks include regulating nursing home facilities, has stated that 385 nursing homes in 39 states have failed to install sprinkler systems, an Associated Press article reported on October 4.

All together, these lacking nursing homes house around 52,000 of the elderly population. To address facilities that were not up to par, an August 2013 deadline was set for facilities to get up to date. However, clearly, many did not comply. Tallahassee, Florida-based Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee deplored the news and stated that these facilities have the money to construct this critical safety feature – they just don’t.

It wasn’t until 2003 that the CMS required the construction of sprinkler systems in new nursing homes, in direct reaction to fires that happened at Greenwood Health Center in Hartford, Connecticut and at the NHC Healthcare Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 20 people died in the fires, and many of these deaths could have been prevented with adequate sprinkler systems.

If you or a loved one residing in a nursing home in Texas has been in any way abused, neglected, or exposed to potential harm, contact our attorneys at Hotze Runkle today by calling (877) 919-0830, and learn about your options for pursuing restitution.