abuse and neglect

State worker who slapped elderly, disabled woman wants his job back

BY: - July 5, 2021

A former employee of a state-run home for the disabled, fired for having assaulted an elderly, female resident, is fighting to get his job back. State records indicate that on the evening of Oct. 20, 2018, residential treatment worker Derek Krogman was in the dining room of a Woodward building, dealing with an 85-year-old, nonverbal […]

CMS: We don’t disclose nursing home fines when the owners refuse to pay

BY: - June 8, 2021

The federal agency overseeing nursing homes says it only informs the public of fines against those facilities if, and when, the owners choose to pay the fines. For most of the past year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Care Compare website has falsely reported that the Dubuque Specialty Care nursing home in eastern […]

Five Iowa nursing homes have spent years on federal list of the nation’s worst care facilities

BY: - June 4, 2021

Five of the Iowa nursing homes deemed by the government to be among the worst in the nation have met those criteria for at least two years, and one has qualified for four years, according to federal records. The list of the nation’s worst-performing nursing homes, compiled by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Iowa families can’t sue the state’s largest nursing home chain

BY: - March 12, 2021

Three months after 67-year-old James Asmus was admitted to the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola, he was dead. State records indicate that within hours of being admitted to the home in September 2018, he sustained a broken hip in a fall. Immobilized by the resulting surgery, he soon developed pressure sores and […]

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Bill would give Iowa nursing homes notice of residents’ surveillance cameras

BY: - February 27, 2021

Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would require the families of nursing home residents to notify the facility before installing a surveillance-type camera in their loved one’s room. Use of the cameras has grown nationwide in recent years and have been used by families to document abuse and neglect by facility caregivers. The Iowa […]