Physical or mental abuse and neglect of our elderly parents is a silent crime. Most of the elderly with disabilities are unlikely to complain about abuse, neglect or victimization under the fear that they will lose whatever support, even abusive that they have, and that their complaints will trigger reprisals. Elder abuse has been found to be an all too frequent occurrence with deadly results. When this abuse or neglect occurs at the hands of trained professionals who have secured state licenses to operate their personal care or nursing home, you have a right to be angry and to demand answers. The breach of the standard care when directed against our elderly parents by paid givers should be punished severely.
Why is abuse present in Nursing Homes?
The tragic truth is that the nursing home industry, for the most part, behaves as just that: an industry that houses our elderly loved ones at the lowest cost possible.
- Minimal qualifications
- Inadequate staffing
- Insufficient training
- Low wages and high turnover
The ultimate result is serious and even life-threatening problems for nursing home residents: weight loss, failure to treat pressure sores or manage pain effectively, hospitalization, malnutrition, dehydration and even starvation.
Each certified Nursing Assistant is typically responsible for 15-20 residents per a 7.5 hour shift. This means at best an average of only a half hour per resident. Is that really sufficient?
A Brighter Future
After years of providing poor elder care, it seems nursing homes are finally being held accountable. A flood of lawsuits have been filed across the country and grieving families are receiving compensation for pain, suffering and the untimely death of loved ones.
If your elderly loved one has been neglected, abused, or injured while in the care of a nursing home or other healthcare facility, contact our attorneys today. You are your family have legal rights that not only protect you, but others as well.