The other day I posted regarding the violations nursing home inspectors commonly miss. In defense of the likely overworked and underpaid inspectors- -their job its difficult. They are expected to uncover nursing home safety violations and neglect at many different facilities in a single visit. I received several messages from subscribers to our blog voicing concern over the inherent inadequacy in the inspection system.
I came across this article which details a potential solution to this problem. I was mighty impressed with the simplicity of this idea. For states facing budget problems and in the midst of nursing home inspector shortage this is a great solution. The program allows nursing home residents to develop a relationship with the ombudsmen and provides the unique opportunity to monitor facilities on a daily or weekly basis. Well done!