Nursing homes have a clear obligation to protect their residents from preventable harm, especially because many senior residents are completely dependent on facility staff for their activities of daily living (ADLs). When nursing homes fail to meet this basic obligation time and again, they should be held accountable by state regulatory agencies. That’s why our attorneys applaud Colorado health officials for suspending a Colorado Springs nursing home’s license due to a history of neglect and abuse.
When the Colorado Department of Health and Environment received a complaint about Union Printers Home following the death of a female resident last week, state health officials opened an investigation and took quick action to suspend the facility’s nursing home license. According to Peter Myers, the public information officer for the department, this decision was due to a “pattern of non-compliance” at the facility.
In the last 5 years alone, Colorado health officials inspected Union Printers Home (and its assisted living residence) at least 63 times for a range of violations, including failing to maintain sanitary conditions and failing to offer timely medical care for residents. Although it’s rare for state officials to shut down an entire facility, the action was deemed necessary due to this ongoing pattern of negligence.
Advocating for Nursing Home Victims in Maryland
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our nursing home abuse lawyers have over 75 years of combined experience representing victims of neglect and elder abuse – and we are glad to see a state regulatory agency taking such decisive action to protect nursing home residents. For the safety of our seniors, we urge all states – including our home state of Maryland – to aggressively follow-up with nursing home complaints and take appropriate action when these facilities fail to meet state and federal guidelines.
If you live in Maryland and would like to file a nursing home complaint, visit the Maryland Department of Health here. To speak with a qualified attorney at our firm, call (410) 698-1717 today.