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The New York Times recently reported that the inspector general of the federal government issued findings that 90% of nursing homes have an employee who has been convicted of at least one crime. (See the link below.) Worse yet, almost half of nursing homes employed five or more people who had at least one criminal conviction. For 16% of the employees with convictions, the most recent conviction was while they were employed by the nursing facility.

One quote from the article is especially concerning. It quotes a doctor who is a professor of nursing at U.C. San Francisco to say, “Even some of the better nursing homes have problems with theft, rampant theft of residents’ clothing and personal possessions, including jewelry. People convicted of crimes are often left alone with nursing home residents because the supervision of care is, in many homes, very inadequate.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/us/03nursing.html?_r=1#

Joe Chapman
SCHMIDT KRAMER PC
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Harrisburg, PA 17101
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