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Audit: Veterans home didn't check patients, study complaints

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

A state audit says workers at a Michigan veterans home falsely claimed they were checking on patients after being alerted of possible falls, failed to properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and took too long to fill prescriptions.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans also continued with inadequate staffing levels even as the state filed four complaints against the contractor hired to supply nursing aides.

Auditors used surveillance video to show 43 percent of bed checks and 33 percent of fall alarm checks did not take place, even though the home had produced documentation that the checks occurred.

The audit was made public Thursday, a day early, after a lawmaker called the findings "very disturbing."

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency says it is making changes to comply with auditors' recommendations.

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