Texas state senator Charles Schwertner of Georgetown recently filed a bill in the state legislature that would shut down nursing homes in the state after “three strikes” involving serious health or safety violations, according to a recent news report from KXAN.
The bill would require the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to revoke a nursing home’s license if the nursing home had three or more violations on its record that “have caused, or are likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death.”
Many experienced Texas nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers believe the bill would be a step forward in protecting vulnerable elderly adults from serious harm at the hands of their caregivers. However, if the bill becomes law, its ability to protect nursing home residents will only be as effective as the state’s ability to track nursing home abuses and enforce the rules.
The state’s ability to keep up with allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect has been questioned in recent months. According to an investigation by news station KXAN, the state has failed to report as many as 1,500 cases of nursing home abuse or neglect to law enforcement within the required 24 hour time period. Without appropriate reporting, protecting those who are suffering harm – and stopping further abuse or neglect from occurring – becomes much more difficult.
Families who wish to protect their loved ones from abuse and neglect can help. Regular visits with family members in nursing homes can allow Texas residents to keep an eye on things, while speaking to an attorney can help ensure that situations are addressed quickly.