Almost all nursing homes employ at least one person with a criminal conviction in his or her background, says a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cited by the Connecticut Post. Connecticut is among several states that don’t require these facilities to perform criminal background checks on employees. The report said that 92 percent of the nursing homes employed at least one person with at least one criminal conviction, and nearly half employed five or more such individuals. Overall, about 5 percent of nursing facility employees had at least one conviction.
The HHS report said that about 84 percent of employees who had convictions had their most recent criminal incident prior to their employment at the facility. The majority of these prior convictions — 44 percent — were for crimes against property, such as burglary, shoplifting, and writing bad checks. About 20 percent were convictions for driving while intoxicated; roughly 16 percent were for drug offenses; and about 13 percent were for crimes against persons.Federal regulations prohibit Medicare and Medicaid nursing facilities from employing people found guilty of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents.