Report Says Texas Nursing Homes Are the Worst in the Country, And This Video Might Just Convince You

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Minnie Graham, a 98-year-old great-great-grandmother, kept telling her family that people were hitting her at Garland's Winters Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. When her loved ones found her eyes blackened and her arms bruised, they demanded answers. Graham, they were told, had fallen out of her wheelchair. Her granddaughters didn't buy it.

So, they set set up a clock with a hidden camera in her room and waited. What it documented was horrifying, as you'll see in the CBS News video above. Graham was slapped, pushed, pulled, sprayed in the face with water and gagged with a towel that had just been used on her body. At one point, she's crying out, "Somebody help me." She died not long thereafter. Because of her treatment, her granddaughters think she had simply lost the desire to live.

Her case may be extreme, but it's a symptom of a far larger, just as insidious pattern of neglect and lax oversight in Texas. According to a report from the organization Families for Better Care, which analyzed staffing data, performance measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and complaints from the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Texas nursing homes are the worst in the country.

Fewer than 15 percent of its facilities are staffed at above-average professional nursing levels, while nearly 70 percent hire below the minimum number of caregivers needed to properly meet the needs of its residents.

"Texas epitomizes what's dreadfully wrong with nursing home care and oversight in America," Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee said. "State officials and industry representatives should be ashamed of their abysmal nursing home record."

Though nursing home performance in Texas is apparently deplorable, so too is the performance of the regulators tasked with keeping it in line. Texas levies some of the lowest fines anywhere in the country. While other states may fine nursing homes up to $90,000 for documented deficiencies, Texas usually exacts around $7,000, which may be greatly reduced if the facility doesn't fight the charge.

As for Graham's tormentors, they were indicted in July 2012, but according to court documents, their cases have been pushed back repeatedly. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability did not cite the nursing home.


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suzetteforcouncil
suzetteforcouncil

Thanks so much for reporting this. For every regulation, there is a legal loophole.  Thanks, Rick Perry.

Bill Ritter
Bill Ritter

is this the right video? I skimmed the segments but did not find the story, do you have the minute marker?

Obummer
Obummer

Yo allz use peepz iz gonna lovez da uh Affordablez Carez Act.

unclescrappy
unclescrappy

CANT WATCH IT. I live in a city with Time-Warner cable, so they have CENSORED us from this. Hey someone do a update on what is going on with that EXTORTION attempt & such.

Karen Habbestad
Karen Habbestad

Heartbreakingly inhumane. The abuse givers should be treated like pedophilic perpretators with a lot of jail time, and a national registry requirement. Low wages are no excuse for sociopaths like this.

Gabriel Luna
Gabriel Luna

Really ? Look at where your state legislatures priorities are and this is a surprise?!

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I could have told you this before the news article came out. I have friends and relatives who have worked in nursing homes. At some nursing homes, the only staff there are nurse's aides. They will have an RN on call who is also on call at multiple other nursing homes.

Every person I know who has worked in a nursing home would rather die than be left in one.

Derek Garrison
Derek Garrison

If you think that is bad you should see Texas's State Support Living Centers.

Mario Daboub
Mario Daboub

This is what u get when u pay nsg home staff minimum wage. If you want compassion and professional care, then you need professional nursing staff and you need to pay them a professional wage--dd

Clarissa Nicole
Clarissa Nicole

Shocking. Thanks Obama. This post is typed with sarcasm font.

Karl Haas
Karl Haas

Should open a fertilizer plant, no regulations there.

Sunny Walker Scarborough
Sunny Walker Scarborough

But we made sure that one company bought a pasteurizer to pasteurize already pasteurized products! Go Texas! Oh, and we've got lots of pregnant teenagers (first and second pregnancies) too! Hot damn! Our priorities are... so f***ed...

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Low taxes and jobs though, we got that!

Surprisingly enough, shrinking taxes and a heavy pro-job agenda means social services are terrible. Maybe you'll be lucky and get on of those sweet jobs with healthcare and retirement worth a damn. Good luck with that.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

Please don't make me watch an ENTIRE CBS News broadcast just to see this one story.  Where is it?


dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

I keep trying to come up with reasons for staying here, and every time I think I found one, more shit like this comes out.

Edward
Edward

But we have low taxes, so all is good.

lg71050
lg71050

Regulators? What regulators? We don't have regulators here. We have industry stooges.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@unclescrappy 

Buy a $50 amplified antenna at radio Shack and watch it for free in perpetuity.

I get a real kick out of the fact that CBS is encouraging viewers that are upset with TWC for not carrying their broadcast to protest to TWC instead of just telling them to purchase an antenna and receive the broadcast signal - Oh, wait, that's right - they get paid directly from TWC for their product on a per customer basis and that would hit them right in the bottom-line.

CBS is selling you out.


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