In what can only be described as a green light to hurt our nation’s seniors, the Trump Administration has decided to roll-back fines against nursing homes when they put their residents at risk of harm or injury.
In a callous statement, Mark Parkinson, the President of the American Health Care Association (they lobby on behalf of the adult care industry) said that it was critical that “we have some relief” from fines when they harm their facilities’ residents. No, Mark, it’s the residents of these facilities who deserve to have some relief from being mistreated by staff.
I believe that residents and patients in nursing and assisted living homes should have more oversight and protection from harm, not less. They have worked their entire lives to improve our country. We owe it to them to make sure they have the protections they deserve.