Fraud in Nursing Homes
Families often search for a nursing home that can provide specialized care for their loved one. Many nursing home facilities advertise that they specialize in treating patients with certain disabilities. Sometimes these facilities will claim to use Special Care Units (SCUs) to better meet the needs of residents suffering from Dementia. In fact, these SCUs are often the reason families choose a specific nursing home. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not actually provide the services they advertise.
Nursing homes developed SCUs to cater to the specific needs of residents with dementia. It is true that some SCUs have raised the standard of care for residents, but there have also been problems. For instance, an Alzheimer’s Association study showed that nursing homes failed to disclose extra costs associated with Dementia focused 39% of the time. Similarly, 29% of families did not know if they were paying more for their loved one to live in an SCU. The study also showed that SCUs often concealed material facts from families. Even worse, many SCUs do not provide the care they claim. Often, nursing homes that advertise special care for dementia patients provide the same care as non-dementia patients. All these practices violate state consumer protection statutes.
For example, Missouri law prohibits “deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact” in connection with advertising for nursing homes. Likewise, Kansas and Illinois law provides similar protections. When nursing homes engage in these predatory practices, families are entitled to recover under the consumer protection statutes.
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