Kansas is called the Sunflower State, famous for growing more wheat than any other state in the Country. This humble state in middle America has a dirty little secret; it has some of the worst nursing home, memory care, and assisted living facilities according to some reports. Although Kansas doesn’t have the highest number of fire code violations or reports of abuse, the facilities in this state consistently report widespread violations from mediocre and insufficient care.
Video Surveillance Uncovers Emotional, Physical Abuse & Neglect of a Kansas Nursing Home Resident
Startling reports of nursing home neglect and abuse have surfaced in the news across the state of Kansas over the past couple of years. In one television report that aired in April of 2015, KAKE ABC in Kansas did a three-part exposè uncovering the horrendous experiences of one family with a specific Kansas City skilled nursing home facility called Victoria Falls. Among many abuses, a video camera captured nursing staff actually lifting a resident out of her wheel chair and slamming her on the floor, turning out the lights and leaving her there in darkness for more than an hour while she cried out for help. Finally, another nurse came in and helped her back to bed. A hefty fine was imposed on the facility, but not until the state viewed the family’s video. The physical and emotional abuse the woman endures in the footage is difficult to watch. For her, it is much worse.
Although the focus of the series seemed to be on the one family and its experiences, the article called attention to the widespread problems in Kansas nursing homes. According to at least one organization that rates homes, they are among the worst in the country.
80% of all complaints investigated by Kansas nursing home regulators were verified as having merit
If your loved one is in a nursing home and has complained of neglect, has unexplained bruising, dehydration, or worsening pressure sores (aka bed sores), you need to act now to protect them. Call our lawyers for nursing home abuse at Baron & Budd to schedule a free case review and we will guide you through all of the necessary steps.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
The CMS uses a five star rating system to rank nursing homes using a handful of metrics including:
- How they perform in home inspections.
- The quality of the nursing staff.
- How much time the nursing staff spends with each patient.
- Quality exhibited when 11 criteria concerning how they meet the clinical and physical needs of their patients.
In 2015, Kansas was given a star rating of 3.2 out of 5 and ranked 34 nationally of all 52 states by the CMS.
Families for Better Care: Grades and Ranks
Families for Better Care (FBC) is an advocacy group for nursing homes operating as a non-profit agency. FBC grades all states annually by the number of errors that occur at nursing homes within those states. Then FBC compares the state’s general performance overview against other states, issuing a letter grade between “A” and “F”. The letter grade issued to each state reflects the state’s overall performance when compared to other states.
For 2014, the most recent year for which FBC has given grades, Kansas home received an overall grade of “D” and ranked 31st, a fall from 2013 when it received a “C” grade and ranked 24. According to FBC, “Kansas is a testament to nursing home mediocrity as the state failed to muster a top ten ranking in any quality measure.”
Specific Problems in California Nursing Homes Found by CMS
CMS inspects each home every year and reports on its deficiencies. A chart is compiled including deficiencies found in the last three inspections. An updated report published in March 2016 compiling statistics for the previous three years noted the problems with Kansas nursing homes:
- Out of 345 homes, 10,422 deficiencies were given. A deficiency represents a violation of state or federal law.
- Of all deficiencies, 112 were serious, which means a resident was in immediate jeopardy of injury or death due to nursing home abuse or neglect.
- Fines were imposed in 121 cases, which means the deficiency was not corrected within the required time frame.
- Payment was suspended in 73 cases, which occurs when the cited deficiency is not corrected.
Who is in Charge of Regulating and Licensing Kansas Nursing Homes
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is responsible for certification, licensing and monitoring nursing homes. There is an Ombudsman program that receives complaints from residents and family members and works to investigate and resolve them. According to FBC, in 2014, nearly 80% of all complaints investigated by the Ombudsman were verified as having merit.
Who Can Help File a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury, neglect, or abuse in a nursing home, we can help you hold the home responsible for their actions. You need a nursing home abuse attorney with decades of experience, a strategic approach, and a track record of success. We have been advocating for victims of neglect, elder abuse, and nursing home injuries for over 3 decades and we are ready to help you fight for what’s right. Call 866-612-0246 today to schedule a free consultation.
Kansas Nursing Homes on the SFF Watch List for Bad Care
Tanglewood Nursing & Rehabilitation
5015 Sw 28th St
Topeka, KS 66614
Winfield Senior Living Community
1320 Wheat Rd
Winfield, KS 67156