Crisis of Care at THI Nursing Homes Putting Residents at Risk, According to SEIU

WASHINGTON--()--Dec. 2, 2003--

  New Website Chronicles Poor Resident Care at One of the Largest and Fastest Growing Nursing Home Corporations  

A large national nursing home company's push for profits is putting thousands of residents at risk, according to a website created by the nation's largest union of nursing home workers, SEIU.

The site, www.thicarecrisis.com, provides consumers with detailed information about the crisis of care at Trans Healthcare Inc.'s (THI) nursing homes.

In the latest news on the website, THI's application for a Certificate of Need to operate nursing homes in Oklahoma is being opposed by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman because of the company's poor resident care record in other states.

"Our opposition is based on the poor past performance of Trans Healthcare in Ohio and Maryland," Eleanor Kurtz, Deputy State Ombudsman, wrote in a letter to the Commissioner of Health (see website for letter).

According to a new report on the website, THI has been repeatedly cited for violations of basic patient care standards, including cases where...

-- A resident developed a pressure sore with exposed muscle and bone that became soiled with feces.

-- A resident drowned in a ditch behind a facility.

-- A facility failed to prevent a resident's precipitous drop in weight from 125 pounds to 95 pounds.

The report, Residents at Risk: How THI's Push for Profits Could Jeopardize Care for Nursing Home Residents in Oklahoma, reveals a pattern of sicker patients, reduced staffing levels, and increased violations of patient care standards in THI facilities.

The report was released by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union of nursing home workers in the nation. SEIU is working with patient care advocates and community leaders across the nation in an effort to improve the quality of care at THI's facilities.

For more information about THI's poor resident care record, visit www.thicarecrisis.com.

Contacts

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Dan O'Sullivan, 718-622-8533

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Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Dan O'Sullivan, 718-622-8533