Nursing Home Inspect: New App Boosts Access to Government Reports

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Hawaii nursing homes were cited for violations by federal regulators more than 400 times in the last two years, according to a new online tool that allows users to search and review problems at thousands of nursing homes nationwide.

ProPublica, an investigative news outlet, recently launched the app to help concerned citizens access timely government inspections of the facilities that provide care for 1.5 million older Americans.

A search on Nursing Home Inspect for Hawaii's deficiency reports turns up 51 results. These can be sorted by degree of severity, date, city and name of the facility.

The feds tagged Hawaii nursing homes with 409 deficiencies between July 22, 2010 and April 2, 2012. Most were on the less severe side of the rating scale.

A random review of the reports reveals a range of issues that long-term care residents experienced: significant unintentional weight loss; nurses giving residents new pills without their consultation; dead geckos in rooms; a failure to monitor the efficacy of medication; and a two-hour wait for a change of wet underwear.

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