The Capital Times recently reported on its investigation into the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King, which is Wisconsin’s largest state-run, skilled nursing facility. More than 25 current and former employees, residents, and their family members uniformly reported inadequate and in some cases, neglectful care for elderly veterans with multiple physical and mental ailments.
The investigation linked the home’s deficits to the fact that although operating the facility brings in millions per year in federal funds, the state uses only a portion of those funds in order to operate the facility, choosing to use the excess funds elsewhere in the state budget. As a result, chronic understaffing and a drive to further cut costs has caused the neglect of those whom the facility is meant to help. For instance, the facility currently has almost $39 million in surplus revenue, yet staffing levels at the facility continue to fall. According to the state, the surplus funds are put back into the state homes and used to create other programs to benefit veterans. However, pictures of the facility and comments by anonymous King employees tell a much different story, one in which repairs are never made and problems are never remedied.
The state of Wisconsin claims that it has consistently received four and five-star rankings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is better than many other long-term facilities in the state. However, critics point out that much of the data used to create these rankings is self-reported, meaning that there is no state or federal oversight of the information that the facility itself provides.
At Boller & Vaughan, we are the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers who pride ourselves on representing the rights of those countless individuals who suffer injuries due to the wrongful behavior of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities. A situation involving a loved one who has suffered preventable injuries can be overwhelming and difficult to handle. Allow us to handle the legal aspects of your situation, while you and your loved one focus on healing from the injuries suffered. Call our office today to set up your free consultation.
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