Nursing Home Abuse cannot and should not be Tolerated

In May 2014 the total number of certified nursing home facilities in the U.S. was a little above 15,000, while the number of residents was about 1.5 million. Though thousands of nursing homes existed all across the U.S., many families are hesitant to send their love one to one due to news of widespread cases of neglect and abuse which cause in residents physical injuries, humiliation, emotional trauma, self-pity, hatred, despair, etc.

The most prevalent cases of abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities include, but are not limited to:

Lack of proper care. Bedridden patients and those who spend many hours in wheelchairs are the most often victims of this type of neglect. Being unable to move, a patient can develop bedsores and other ailments if not re-positioned after from time to time.

Failure to properly manage medication. Improper medication management can be potentially fatal for some patients. Some of the ways through which this type of neglect can be committed include: ignoring medication orders; incorrect time, duration, or rate of elder medication administration; incorrect medical product, strength of product, or form of product; medication overdose; and medication dose omission or under dose.

Malnutrition: Failure to provide meals or meals that have the right amount of nutrients.

Isolation: This happens when a patient is forgotten or purposely left alone by restraining him/her, isolating him/her from others or by keeping others away from him/her.

Dehydration: This happens due to failure to ensure proper liquid intake.

Three major contributory factors to acts of negligence and abuses in nursing homes are understaffing, negligent hiring and failure to provide those hired with adequate training about nursing home care. Despite total awareness (by nursing home facility administrators) of these contributory factors, more than 90% of nursing homes in the U.S. remain to be understaffed, those with criminal records continue to be hired, and many of those hired are not given any training at all.

In its website, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® says “Nursing homes are meant to provide individuals with a safe, supportive environment in which they can live happily and comfortably. Unfortunately, residents of nursing homes sometimes suffer abuse at the hands of staff and/or as a result of management policies. Although nursing home abuse can take many different forms, the challenges that elderly residents may face as a result of any type of abuse can be devastating.

In their website, Chicago personal injury attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg strongly emphasize the right of families to expect the nursing home facility, where they entrusted the care of their loved ones, to treat their loved ones with dignity and compassion throughout the duration of their stay there.

Nursing home abuse cannot and should not be tolerated. Fortunately, by taking legal action, families can hold the party responsible for this kind of deplorable treatment financially accountable for their actions and seek justice for their loved ones.

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