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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, A Growing Problem

Written by Jewish Lawyer on . Posted in Legal News, Nursing home abuse lawsuit

With over 15,600 nursing homes and 1.7 million beds,  nursing home abuse and neglect may inevitable.  With the aging populations growing we will, most likely, see the numbers increase. Although most states have very strict laws and mandates for what a nursing home must do and offer, it is just impossible to watch all staff all the time. As numbers increase and staff decrease mistreatment and neglect will continue to be an issue.

Protect Your Bubbe In A Nursing Home

Do you live ” Up North” and have a parent, grandparent or loved one in a nursing home? Do they tell you they are being abused or neglected? Do not assume it is old age talking. The only way for an elderly person to get protection is from family, or concerned employees. They may be telling you the truth. Reports of serious, physical, sexual and verbal abuse are “numerous” among the nation’s nursing homes, according to a congressional report released a number of years ago. We doubt this has changed much based on the phone calls we receive form horrified children after they have learned of abuse, neglect and even death of a loved one.

Studies Show  Grotesque Accounts Of Nursing Home Abuse

In a study prepared by the minority (Democratic and Independent) staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, it was found  that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States — {5,283 facilities } — were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001 and it is not getting any better.

Nursing Home Neglect?

The question is why do we see untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. In 1,601 cases cited in the same report,  the abuse violations were serious enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.””What we have found is shocking,” says Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Incidents Of Grotesque Abuse

In some reported cases, a member of the nursing home’s staff was accused of committing physical or sexual abuse. In others, staff were cited for failing to protect people from abuse by other residents. The report documents instances of residents being punched, slapped, choked or kicked by staff members or other residents, causing injuries such as fractured bones or lacerations. Some of the violations uncovered are particularly disturbing. In one case, according to the report, an attendant walked into a resident’s room, said “I’m tired of your ass,” and hit her in the face, breaking her nose. In another case, attendants bribed a brain-damaged patient with cigarettes to attack another resident, then watched the two fight. The report also described a case in which a male attendant molested an elderly female resident while bathing her.

Instances of Abuse Appear to Be on the Rise.

The percentage of nursing homes cited for violations has increased every year since 1996, according to the report. Nursing homes seem to find it impossible to attract  and keep quality, skilled staff. Let’s face it, this is not easy work for the faint at heart. It takes strength to lift and a great deal of empathy. An investigation of a Chicago nursing home found  dozens of residents in physical restraints, many in violation of federal health and safety standards. In a San Francisco nursing home inspectors found hundreds of ants crawling over the body and in and out of the mouth of an 83-year-old resident.

Get A Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home you must  report it. In many states not reporting abuse of the elderly is a criminal act. Nursing home abuse lawsuits bring attention to the problem especially if they make the news. You must protect your loved one and other residents from nursing home abuse and neglect by reporting it and filing a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit. Every lawsuit makes a statement.  The nursing home perpetuating the abuse must be stopped. Contact one of our nursing home abuse lawyers today  

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