Think carefully before you select a nursing home. A congressional committee recently released a report revealing that 1 in 3 nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse of residents. Nursing home abuse and neglect was reported 9,000 times over two years according to a report of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee.
Malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents and deficient sanitation, poor hygiene, inadequate medical care and untreated bed sores were some of the major instances of neglect and abuse. Over 1,500 cases of abuse were so severe that they caused actual harm to residents or placing the resident in immediate jeopardy of death or serious harm.
About 1.6 million people live in about 17,000 facilities. There are government regulations to protect nursing home residents. However, many facilities lack adequate funds which in many instances explain both poor care and nursing home abuse.
Some facilities place profit over safety. It is no excuse when a facility says they have a hard time attracting and retaining quality competent staff due to lack of funds. A proposed congressional bill would increase funding and set minimum staff sizes. The congressman introducing the bill wants to improve disclosure of nursing home abuse through the internet system.
If you have had a loved one in a nursing home you might have experienced firsthand any one of the following:
- delay in responding to a loved ones needs;
- failing to exhibit the necessary humanity and passion to a senior in need;
- not properly supervising the resident causing unnecessary falls.
What about cold meals and verbal and emotional abuse!
Let the nursing home where your loved one lives know that you are watching and are actively involved. If you see something that feels wrong, it probably is in need of correction. Act on it immediately.
If a loved one is injured through the fault of a nursing home, whether it be for lack of supervision, improper treatment of bed sores, physical assault or injury from pure neglect, then reach out to a law firm that cares. Look for attorneys who will commit themselves to getting justice, attorneys such as Fellows Hymowitz Rice who are dedicated to writing a wrong and who will stand by you whether outside or inside a courtroom until wrongdoers are held responsible vindicating the rights of a loved one.
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