Everyone has heard nursing home horror stories about abuse and neglect, so it can be incredibly stressful to find the right nursing home for your spouse or parent. It would seem that nursing home ratings from Medicare would be reliable, but many are shocked to learn that the rating system is imperfect, at best.
According to federal regulations, all nursing homes must have automatic sprinkler systems installed throughout their buildings. There is an obvious need for the law, as nursing home residents are typically more vulnerable to smoke and flames than other Americans. In general, seniors are more likely to be slow-moving or suffer from mental confusion in an emergency, so fire sprinklers are a necessity - not a luxury.