Arizona fails to protect nursing home residents: State is slow to investigate and act on abuse, neglect
Tucson, AZ - Anita McEvoy put her 92-year-old mother in a Tucson nursing home so she wouldn't get hurt as Alzheimer's disease took its toll. Instead, her mother shivered in bed while nursing aides took no notice. She died of hypothermia complications.
Another elderly woman, who couldn't see well and trusted nursing aides to bathe her, did not know they used a cell phone camera to photograph her in the shower, then went to the nursing station to show the photos and laugh about them with others....
These cases and others over the past three years have this in common: State regulators did nothing about them.
April 6, 2008