On occasion I look at the website of the California State Auditor. The Auditor audits State of California agencies and State of California programs that pay or distribute money to other organizations or entities. The Auditor also provides status updates relating to its recommendations.
Quite a while ago (it looks like 2018) the Auditor made some recommendations to improve oversight of substandard nursing home (SNF) conditions. Nursing homes are highly regulated by both federal and California statutes and regulations, although those statutes and regulations proscribe only minimum levels of care and for only those areas for which the statutes and regulations have been enacted.
Some nursing homes meet, or sometimes exceed, the minimum requirements, whereas other nursing homes fail to meet some or all of the minimum requirements.
Based on my experience in nursing home cases (suing on behalf of residents and their families for improper care and elder abuse) and as a past board member of a county Long-Term Care Ombudsman Services program, and based on observations and comments by other people for many years, it has long been clear that residents are better cared for when the care and daily living conditions that they are provided, and that they are not provided, and detailed documentation of those matters, are and can be observable and obtained by family members, friends, family councils, Ombudsman Services, and other outside stakeholders and interested people.
Everyone would agree that nursing home residents individually and as a group are vulnerable and are dependent on other people for their health, care, and well-being. So I came across the below status update by the California State Auditor about recommendations (apparently made in 2018) for improved oversight of substandard nursing home conditions, and it is with great disappointment that apparently none of the recommendations have actually come to be.
I have provided below a link to the Auditor’s status update report, and snapshots of the report (please note that the length of the report really is too long for a good single snapshot so I have divided the report into the three snapshots that I have provided below (the snapshots are one after the other just as they appear in the Auditor’s report), and you can also click on the below link).
And I add, briefly, where do ESG (environmental, social, and governance) reporting and expectations come into play and requirement for nursing homes. I’m not seeing that it is required. Or a prior acronym that mostly isn’t used anymore but which would also be relevant for nursing home care and its oversight: GRC or governance, risk, and compliance. Nothing of the sort will become implemented or voluntarily standard for nursing homes and other providers of care and services to elders, dependent adults, and other people with disabilities unless there is interest and push by their family members, friends, stakeholders, and other people and organizations.
Best to you, Dave Tate, Esq.
Here is the link to the California State Auditor’s status report http://www.bsa.ca.gov/reports/recommendations/2017-109
And below are the best that I could do for snapshots of the report:
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