Trust between seniors and caregivers are important for beneficial home health care, and laws require home health providers to monitor and vet their aides. Although, reports have emerged that the Texas Agency Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), the government agency responsible for tracking caregiver background checks, has been deliberately falsifying and backdating documentation, KXAN, an Austin-based news outlet, reported.
Jennifer Crampton, an ex-DADS employee, has filed a lawsuit against the Texas agency for mismanaging evaluations of home health care agencies and their workers. The lawsuit state that she and other DADS workers were told by a supervisor not to conduct proper background checks, and to falsify and backdate documents. Crampton stated that when she complained to the agency about this conduct, she was fired, in accordance with the KXAN.
“We are getting paid. Our tax money is paying us to make sure [seniors] are well taken care of—some of them are not,” Crampton told KXAN. “There are some [who] are in jeopardy that are not being taken care of properly.”
DADS responded to Crampton’s lawsuit, claiming that the agency is immune from lawsuits, and can’t be sued by the former employee. The response failed to address any of the allegations.
This is not the 1st time that KXAN has explored accusations of negligence against DADS. In the year of 2014, KXAN investigated a case of alleged sexual abuse at Longhorn Village, an assisted living community in Austin. When the situation was ultimately reported to DADS by a nurse, the agency’s investigation wasn’t conducted lawfully. DADS failed to report the allegation to law enforcement, as required by law, and didn’t reach out to the family for interviews, per the agency’s policy. Finally, DADS Spokesperson Cecilia Cavuto admitted to KXAN that the investigation was a “failure.”
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