In light of the many recent newspaper articles about the widespread resident-on-resident assaults in nursing homes in Illinois, I was interested to see that there was a similar kind of story being reported about a nursing home in Pennsylvania. There a wheelchair-bound convicted sex offender residing in a nursing home was found putting his hands under the clothing of a mentally disabled resident. The quote in the article which I found telling came from Wes Bledsoe, the president of A Perfect Cause, a nursing home advocacy group:
“Most of the cases we’ve seen, it’s about the money,” said Bledsoe. “To have another person in another bed for a year can be a significant financial advantage to them.”
In short, nursing homes are accepting residents into the facility who pose a safety hazard to their fellow residents because they will fill a bed, sometime for long periods of time, often on public dollars. In short, the nursing home operators are choosing profits over people. It also looks like Illinois nursing homes are not the only ones making that choice.