KVUE special looks at state’s failing nursing homes

KVUE's Andy Pierrotti
KVUE’s Andy Pierrotti

Aging is a fact of life.

Another fact of life, sadly, is that many of the nursing homes where elderly Texans reside rank among the worst in the nation.

Families for Better Care, an advocacy group, gave Texas nursing homes a failing grade in 2013 and 2014. Both years, our state ranked last – 51st place – on a list released by the group.

KVUE investigative reporter Andy Pierrotti is one of several people hoping to change that.

In a 30-minute special that airs Saturday at 5 p.m., Pierrotti takes a look back at some of the station’s recent reporting on the state’s troubled nursing homes and offers a preview of some of the solutions that could possibly come out of the current legislative session.

“We’re talking about people who have outlived their savings and are living in homes that accept Medicaid or federal funding,” Pierrotti said. “These facilities are getting millions in taxpayer money and they’re not being held accountable.”

KVUE found that common problems include physical abuse and medication errors that can sometimes prove deadly.

“We have an opportunity to change this – and we should,” Pierrotti said. “I wanted this to air during the session because there’s proposed legislation that can help fix a lot of what we’re seeing.”

‘State of Neglect’

5 p.m. Saturday

KVUE Channel 24

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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