Having the right direct care staff in a medical facility that provides care to elders is one of the best ways to prevent nursing home neglect and abuse. Unfortunately, the care provider industry often attracts the wrong type of personnel, resulting in neglect or even abuse.
Like other states, West Virginia does have a program in place to prevent the hiring of unqualified individuals in a long-term care facility. The intent of the program is to protect patients from abuse, neglect and even financial exploitation. The program requires employers in nursing homes and other long-term care organizations to conduct background checks on potential employees who will have direct access to patients.