An independent investigation at a St. Louis area veterans home has found “serious problems” at the facility, according to Governor Eric Greitens. During a Monday news conference, Greitens announced the findings.
“They found a substandard quality of care in which the providers noncompliance with one or more requirements of participation has caused, or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident.”
The report follows two investigations by the Missouri Veterans Commission concluding that allegations of inadequate care were unfounded, but Greitens says that’s simply untrue.
“They found a failure to provide adequate nutrition and hydration, which resulted in malnutrition. Veterans in this home were not getting their meds on time. Some of these proud men and women were left to sit in bed for too long and ended up getting bed sores.”
Greitens has launched full investigations into each of Missouri’s other veterans homes and has replaced all five of the previous administration’s appointees to the Missouri Veterans Commission. Greitens is also calling on the commission to replace Larry Kay, the Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission and Rolando Carter, the administrator of the home.