A new American Association of Justice report entitled “Standing Up for Seniors” underscores that nursing home lawsuits help improve nursing home care for the 1.5 million Americans who are in nursing homes.
No one is surprised that a significant number of our nursing homes are disaster areas, the antithesis of the environment in which people should spend their final years. Nursing homes have become big business in this country and less care equals more profits. The general public gets this and we are taking steps to try to improve the nursing home problem in this country. There are many laws and regulations aimed at protecting nursing home residents.
But the problem with nursing homes and laws that restrict them is analogous to the arms race between police and drivers with radar and radar detectors. Maryland comes up with a new nursing home law to restrain and monitor nursing homes, and the nursing homes come up with some sort of way to technically comply outside of the spirit of the law. (This is not just a shot at nursing homes but at capitalism in general. Capitalism is the best economic system in the history of the world but it is not perfect and it has byproducts.)