Acts of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
About 90% of nursing home facilities do not have enough number of qualified nurses and personnel needed to ensure provision of sufficient, quality care necessitated by residents: elders, usually those aged 65 and above; people who are ill and in need of rehabilitative therapy; physically or mentally incapacitated individuals; and, those in need of extra care, such as patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If this is a factual case, then this will be great injustice against residents, who have been accepted and promised round-the-clock medical care and assistance even in the performance of the most basic daily tasks, which include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and so forth.
As of May 2014 the total number of certified nursing home facilities in the US is 16,100, while the number of residents total to about 1.5 million. Despite the existence of thousands of nursing homes all across the nation, many are hesitant to send a beloved member of their family to one due to news of widespread cases of neglect and abuse which cause in residents physical injuries, humiliation, emotional trauma, self-pity, hatred, despair, etc.
Nursing homes guarantee provision of the highest level of care for older Americans. Now, with fees ranging between $3,000 and $10,000 a month (this depends on the type of facility, the services required, cost of labor), it is only necessary that these facilities provide what they say they will provide.
Beneath the friendly and warm welcome to arriving residents (who are accompanied by their family), though, is just the beginning of what could be a traumatic and painful experience: a fact, by the way, in many nursing homes where emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuses and many forms of neglect are committed by the employees themselves or by the victim’s co-residents, but who are only coerced by, again, the employees.
Some examples of acts of neglect that residents are made to suffer include failure to provide hygienic care, delay in treating or non-treatment bedsores, failure to provide needed medical care or attention, being denied of food, delay is providing needed assistance, and so forth.
Many Louisville nursing home residents, despite the pains they may be going through, rather decide to remain silent. And many of those who resorted to silent reached their breaking point and just decided that they can neither handle nor accepts things anymore.
It is important that family member become sensitive to changes in their loved ones who have been in a nursing home (regardless of length of time). Often, their silence will tell much more about their sufferings in the hands of their abusers. With even just a faint hint of abuse, it may be necessary to consult with a seasoned nursing home malpractice attorney who will definitely know how to interpret signs in elders, what to ask and what others signs to look for which will confirm acts of abuse.