Mitzi McFatrich

The Dooley Center, in Atchison, has not been cited for a single violation the past three years. Mitzi McFatrich, who heads Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says 20 have had five or fewer deficiencies in the last three years. “None of them are citations that are related to actual harm of a resident, immediate jeopardy of a resident, or mistreatment of a resident,” McFatrich said. McFatrich says KABC has been reviewing nursing home inspections since 1998. That year, there were 278 nursing...

A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.

Mitzi McFatrich, who heads the group Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says numerous studies show that each resident needs at least four-and-a-half hours of nursing care daily. The average among Kansas...