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When you think of nursing home residents, you most likely think of wheel chair bound and bed ridden elderly that need constant care. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are meant to be safe places for the elderly and disabled to live under the protection of health care professionals. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, under-staffing, and bad hires, nursing homes can be a terrifying place for often helpless elderly residents. In one Texas nursing home, the residents have more to fear. A population of criminals and sex offenders outnumber the elderly residents.

Criminals Outnumber Elderly Residents in Texas Nursing Home

new jersey philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse lawyers Facility Admits High Number CriminalsAccording to Fox 4 News in Fort Worth, Texas, the Lake Worth Nursing Home houses about 50 registered sex offenders, convicted felons, and prison parolees, some labeled violent offenders by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). “The reason for the high concentration in that facility is the facility’s willingness to take offenders on supervision,” said Jason Clark, spokesperson for the TDCJ. The state does not limit the number of criminals allowed to live in these facilities and they can stay on the government’s expense as long as the home confirms that it is medically necessary.

Residents of the community neighboring the facility are concerned for their safety, having so many convicted offenders living in one place and wandering around the neighborhood freely. Clark does not believe that this is a safety concern, “We have not had any major incidents there at that nursing home,” he told Fox 4. However, police reports from the Lake Worth Police Department show complaints of death threats, violent outbursts and child pornography at the nursing home.

Legally the nursing home is not breaking any laws by allowing the offenders to live in the facility. In fact they have received a 5-star rating. But with fully mobile offenders who have records including robbery, forgery, drugs, rape and other violent crimes, how are the elderly residents supposed to feel safe. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we strongly recommend visiting all facilities before you decide to place a loved one into a nursing home. Pay attention to the facility conditions, staff, neighboring area around the home and the other residents.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Nursing home abuse can begin as early as the hiring process. Not all states require background checks for those applying for jobs in nursing homes, and for that reason, people with criminal convictions do not have a hard time gaining employment at a nursing home or similar care facility. People with a history of assault, criminal negligence, or theft would be high risks as employees in a nursing home.

Overwhelming Frequency of Nursing Home Employees with Criminal Convictions

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers hiring employees criminal convictionAccording to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of nursing homes in this country hire employees with criminal convictions, a huge problem in the fight against nursing home neglect. The report looked at the employees of 260 nursing homes employed on June 9, 2009 and found that 92 percent of the facilities had hired at least one employee with a criminal conviction. In fact, nearly half of the nursing homes had 5 or more employees with criminal convictions ranging from burglary to sex offenses. Forty-three states require background checks but only 10 states require both a state and FBI background check. This is necessary to find convictions in multiple states and under different names. New Jersey and Pennsylvania only require the statewide check.

This type of disregard in the hiring process leads to the hiring of inadequate and often dangerous employees in nursing homes across the country. These are often the people that are in charge of the daily needs of one of our most vulnerable populations. Do we expect a sex offender or other convicted criminal left in charge of the care of multiple patients to handle bed sores, accidents and other safety issues properly? Nursing homes are paid a lot of money to care for your loved ones, but they often hire employees that have shown a clear disregard for the rules of society. Bed sores and pressure ulcers, accidents, and other abuses such as restraints, lack of proper nutrition, and over or under-medicating are all issues in many nursing homes. Without a proper background check into possible nursing home hires, we are allowing dangerous people to care for our loved ones.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

It is important that you are a frequent and attentive visitor in order to protect your loved one from neglect and abuse, especially when the nursing home is hiring convicted criminals and charging them with your loved one’s care. Lawmakers need to pass bills to make the background checks mandatory nationwide so that the vulnerable patients are protected.
If you believe your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other long term care facility, please contact the Mininno Law Office for free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.