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Since 2003, one billion to three billion tax dollars allocated to nursing homes didn’t make it to those nursing homes. Why not?
Those who know aren’t telling, at least not yet.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious problem in the state of Indiana. Though the vast majority of healthcare providers are very caring, compassionate and dedicated to providing the best care they can for their patients, they are not in control of the funding to provide that care. The people that are in charge of providing that funding don’t want to share the information, instead saying that how they spend the money, our tax money, is a trade secret. And so, no matter how caring and compassionate nurses, aides and others might be, they are handcuffed by the resources they don’t get, and no one can explain why because it is a “trade secret.”
This South Bend Tribune article lays it all out, including the fact that Indiana nursing homes are among the worst in the nation. And it seems it all boils down to lack of funding, leading to a lack of adequate staffing, leading to poor care for some of the most vulnerable in our society. There must be an explanation as to why such large sums of our tax money are diverted away from the intended purpose, care for the elderly and infirmed. Simply calling it a “trade secret” must not stand.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the attorneys at Boren, Oliver & Coffey, LLP for a free case review.