Nursing Home Abuse
Placing an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a heart-wrenching decision. Millions of families each year have to consider placing a parent or grandparent in a facility where their medical needs and day-to-day living needs can be met. We would like to think that the people with whom we entrust their care will provide the same standard of care we gave, but, sadly, that is often not the case. In fact, nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming an epidemic in the United States, and what is taking place in these homes is despicable.
Nursing homes in Massachusetts are licensed by the state. Therefore, nursing home operators are subject to routine inspections, and they are well aware of how their patients should be cared for and attended to. There should be no excuses for allowing a nursing home patient to be neglected or abused.
Several factors can lead to neglect or abuse, including: failure to conduct appropriate background checks for employees, inadequate staffing, inadequate training, and violations of basic healthcare procedures.
The “abuse” of nursing home patients can take many forms. Simply failing to routinely move and change a patient’s bed position can result in bedsores causing pain and even wrongful death. Failing to make sure a patient consumes enough fluid or food can result in dehydration and malnutrition. Failure to provide necessary medications can cause untold misery and even death.
Has your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home? If so, fill out our free case review form to see how our nursing home abuse attorneys may be able to review your claim and find out if you can pursue a lawsuit against the facility.