People of Texas pride themselves on being the largest and biggest in everything, but being named the state with the biggest problem with their nursing home facilities in the country is not something to be proud of. In fact, it is a downright disgrace.
This rating is based on a report by an advocacy group based in Florida, which gives the nursing facilities in its home state a good (B) if not great rating. Texas warranted an F because a whopping 94% of the surveyed facilities found deficient or severely deficient in providing state-mandated minimum level of care to residents. The biggest problem found in these facilities is the severe lack of direct care provided by staff, indicating that residents are largely neglected most of the time. When considering that these residents are mostly unable to care for or even get around by themselves, this is indeed a big problem.
Cases are on the rise but the state is slow in imposing sanctions or yanking licenses for facilities that have been repeatedly cited for violations. Nursing home abuse lawyers have their work cut out for them even in cases where videos from hidden cameras show actual physical and verbal abuse being doled out by nursing home staff. Part of the blame for this state of affairs is placed on the constant shortage of experienced staff, but that is no justification for the failure of the administration to properly monitor their staff and ensure the safety of the residents.
As pointed out at http://www.habush.com/practice-areas/medical-malpractice/nursing-home-malpractice/, nursing homes are there to provide professional health care for the most vulnerable of the population, and need to meet certain standards of care. Unfortunately, it is not so easy. It is only when victims and their families take action in civil court to hold the responsible parties accountable that these nursing homes are compelled to honor their duty of care.