Nursing Home Care

Companies running ‘inadequate’ UK care homes make £113m profit

Some of the country’s worst care homes are owned by companies that have made a total profit of £113m despite some of the vulnerable people they are supposed to look after being neglected, it can be revealed. An investigation by the Guardian has found that companies owning homes that care for elderly people with dementia, […]

Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society’s most vulnerable

To the state inspectors visiting the HCR Manor­Care nursing home here last year, the signs of neglect were conspicuous. A disabled man who had long, dirty fingernails told them he was tended to “once in a blue moon.” The bedside “call buttons” were so poorly staffed that some residents regularly soiled themselves while waiting for […]

Why are nursing homes drugging dementia patients without their consent?

A year and a half ago in a Texas nursing home, I met an 84-year-old resident with dementia named Felipa Natividad. Her sister, Aurora Suarez, told me that the staff dosed Natividad with Haldol, an antipsychotic drug, to ease the burden of bathing her. “They give my sister medication to sedate her on the days […]

Neoliberalism and health care: the case of the Irish nursing home sector

Abstract The usefulness of neoliberalism as a theoretical concept in health research has been debated. This paper argues that when the concept of neoliberalism is used precisely and concretely, it provides an important and valid framework to analyse how health systems have been transformed over the last several decades. This claim is illustrated through the […]

What Happens to a Nursing Home Chain When Private Equity Takes Over? A Longitudinal Case Study

Abstract We analyzed what happens to a nursing home chain when private equity takes over, with regard to strategy, financial performance, and resident well-being. We conducted a longitudinal (2000-2012) case study of a large nursing home chain that triangulated qualitative and quantitative data from 5 different data sources. Results show that private equity owners continued […]