You have done your research and selected a nursing home you believe will provide a safe and caring environment for your loved one. You bring some favorite photos and a few treasured mementos as you help your family member settle in. Hiring a nursing home attorney is the last thing on your mind.Do You Have a Case?
As time passes, you begin to suspect something is wrong. Your formerly good-humored parent or grandparent seems unhappy and anxious. Their clothes seem looser. You may even notice bruises or untreated sores on their arms or legs.
What is happening to your loved one, and, more importantly, what can you do?
Unfortunately, the abuse and neglect of nursing home residents have become a national crisis. Studies conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse found that 44% of nursing home residents had been abused, and 95% of those surveyed reported that they had been neglected in some way or had seen others neglected. Even more shocking is that more than 50% of nursing home staff admitted they had mistreated residents. Researchers believe the actual situation is even worse than these statistics portray since many cases are never reported by residents or staff members.
The Administration on Aging, a division of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines elder abuse as, “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.”
Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or a combination thereof.
Neglect, which is different than negligence, is harder to define because it is a more passive form of abuse. Basically, nursing home neglect is the failure of a caregiver or a facility to properly meet the residents’ needs. Neglect can include issues relating to hygiene, medical care, nutrition and emotional well-being.
Each year, thousands of nursing homes across the country are cited for violating federal standards that either caused serious harm or injury to a resident or had the potential to do so.
Here are some of the reasons:
Nursing homes with one or more of these factors will have a greater likelihood of the following:
Despite Medicare guidelines and regulations and federal legislation such as the Nursing Home Reform Act, neglect, and abuse still happen in many nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities.
Here are some of the most common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse:
“If your loved one is showing any of these signs and you believe their health and safety are at risk, contact one of our experienced nursing home attorneys immediately,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “We will fight for the compensation you are entitled to so your family member can have the high-quality care they deserve.”
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