a bad decision
This is in response to Sunday’s editorial. Oh my goodness — I almost had a coronary when I read it! I can’t believe the Log Cabin Democrat for once actually expresses disapproval over actions by the mayor and the city council.
Yes, the decision to spend about $130,000 for a Christmas tree for Rogers Plaza is totally ridiculous ... as well as other expenditures approved in recent months.
And yes, it’s a good thing this is the mayor’s last term (if Conway is lucky, he’ll not even finish — as hinted at a couple months ago). Otherwise we would soon be able to call Detroit our “sister city.”
— Claranne Ferris, Conway
Be aware of nursing home laws
According to the latest Arkansas Office of Long Term Care (OLTC) investigation report, conducted on the Fayetteville Veteran Home in June, three more serious violations of the law were found. The June visit was to check if abuse identified on a previous inspection had been corrected.
One of the violations dealt with more medication errors — the rate is still higher than the federal requirement of below 5 percent. The previous medication error rate was 26.3 percent, declining to 6.25 percent at the June inspection. This violation had the potential to affect 19 residents.
The Fayetteville Veteran nursing home has been cited repeatedly for high medication error rates. I find it very alarming that medication errors are continuing.
The other two serious violations were dispensing unnecessary drugs and unsanitary conditions in food handling. The first violation has the potential to affect nine residents; the second to affect 71 residents.
Many people do not know that there are laws pertaining to the care of nursing home residents, that when violated can be deadly. It is so important that residents and families take the time to look at the details documented in inspection surveys. New CMS regulations require all deficiencies within the last full year to be posted. This means deficiencies cited in annual, complaint, and revisit surveys. Nursing homes are required to post these inspections in their facility.
Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents (AANHR) finds that many times nursing homes do not post these investigative reports, as the law requires. Unfortunately, many families are not aware of the law and many times they are not able to understand the seriousness of these investigative surveys. Our Veterans and their families must remember that their rights are being violated when the people caring for them show a disregard for following the laws.
AANHR has dedicated almost 20 years educating the public about resident rights and laws set forth by our government to protect these rights. We are here to help you protect your rights.
— Martha Deaver, president
Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home