Industry lobbying has made nursing homes vulnerable

Industry lobbying has made nursing homes vulnerable

The nursing home industry has fought legislative efforts to improve staffing, spending millions of dollars lobbying to prevent reform.

By Sidney Madden, Braeden Waddell and Yanqi Xu, Investigation Reports Workshop

This story originally appeared on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. Published in conjunction with the Workshop on Investigation Reports.

Even before COVID-19, caregivers for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes were often overworked and underpaid, doing everything from changing linen to helping residents with food to physically rotating to avoid bedsores.

Ashley Ford was often one of four helpers for as many as 42 residents at the Indiana nursing home where she has worked since early 2019. She sometimes skipped breaks when work was busy so as not to let the patients waiting.

“There just isn’t enough time to do everything we …

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