Assisted Living Facilities Admit Patients with Higher Acuity in an Attempt to Compete with Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, these facilities are known to aggressively market and accept residents by promising staffing levels or services that they, in reality, do not provide. In an effort to compete with nursing homes, assisted living facilities are recruiting patients with higher acuity. Major chains often promote special Alzheimer’s Disease Units, and are accepting patients with severe loss of cognitive function. The reality is that many of these facilities’ staffing levels are far below those of nursing homes and simply are unable to meet the needs of the higher acuity residents. The consequence is that residents nationwide are suffering significant injuries because of the neglect and abuse occurring in these facilities.