Nursing home abuse and neglect is a terrible tragedy and one that can be avoided. If you find that your loved one was abused in a nursing home, it might only be after substantial harm has been done. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, almost two million people reside in nursing facilities in the United States. There are more than 16,000 nursing facilities across the country. Nursing homes and other care facilities must adhere to the rules of the Georgia Department of Community Health, DCH. These rules ensure that residents are treated properly and fairly and receive the type of care that is required.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
There are many types of situations that may be considered abuse or neglect in a nursing facility. Some of these include:
- Physical abuse
- Medication mistakes
- The use of physical restraints or medications
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial exploitation
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are not always apparent. Some of the most common signs include bruises or broken bones, bed sores, evidence of restraints, infections, medication overdoses and sexually transmitted diseases, among others.
Additionally, your loved one may be suddenly withdrawn or might be afraid to be alone with a caregiver. A patient could be afraid to report a problem because they are afraid that it could make the situation worse. Some patients are not able to adequately communicate while others don’t tell their loved ones of the abuse. According to a report in Savannah Now, the majority of nursing home abuse cases are not reported to law enforcement.
Why Does Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Happen?
Nursing home abuse or neglect may occur for a number of different reasons. One common problem in nursing homes is the lack of qualified staff. Inadequate staffing or improperly trained workers can cause inadequate supervision, which leads to falls, medication mistakes and many other problems. Other times abuse may occur because of the failure to seek medical care for a patient or failing to report medical problems or accidents.
Nursing homes may count on the fact that some patients are unable or unwilling to report situations of abuse or neglect. Some nursing homes have had numerous complaints yet continue to operate. If you notice any signs of abuse or neglect, it is imperative that you report the problem as soon as possible. Speak to a nursing home abuse attorney to discuss the situation. An experienced lawyer understands exactly what to look for and how to resolve these types of serious cases.
Your loved one deserves to be treated properly. Check on your loved one regularly and consult with his or her caregivers. Let your loved one know that it is always best to inform you of any problems or injuries while under the care of a nursing facility. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the experienced legal team at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your case today.