Nursing home complaints surge in Wisconsin

Complaints against Wisconsin nursing homes could surpass a record number filed last year as the state struggles to find enough nurses and nursing home inspectors, according to a report from the Associated Press. Wisconsin has received more than 1,500 complaints against nursing homes so far this year, or about 190 new complaints each month, according to numbers from the state Department of Health Services. Last year, the average number of complaints per month was 165. Healthcare Management Solutions and Long Term Care Institute Inc. have been contacted by state officials to help inspect nursing homes that have complaints against them. Approximately two out of every five nursing homes in Wisconsin reported a shortage of nurses earlier this month, as facilities continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which in some cases has left facilities without enough staff to properly care for residents.