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Nursing Home Neglect: A Clear Offense against Nursing Home Residents

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013

Nursing homes, sometimes called convalescent homes, are composed of people who have reached, or are nearing, their golden years, the mentally or physically disabled young adult or accident victims in need of regular therapy and rehabilitation. With the help of nursing home employees, nurses, and caregivers, medical care and assistance is provided to residents for many of their daily needs, such as toileting, bathing, and eating.

With thousands of nursing homes across the US and tens of thousands of residents with needs ranging from simple to really complicated, the number of staff and nurses is seldom enough. Often those hired lack adequate training, and are not fully knowledgeable on how to properly attend and respond to the needs of the residents. Thus, many residents are found wanting of proper care and sympathy either from exhausted and over-worked or untrained staff.

It’s sad to say, but nursing home abuse is a reality in the United States. In fact, thousands of resident elders are maltreated and abused each year, with so many more abuses being unreported due to fear and shame. The three types of abuses that are commonly committed in nursing homes are mental, financial and physical.

Mental abuse suffered by residents, include humiliation, verbal insults and outright denial of assistance, making them feel really helpless individuals. And while other residents get abused financially by losing some of their properties due to stealing, staffs forcing them to include the staff’s name in their will, many others suffer physical abuse, developing bedsores, infections, serious illness, malnutrition and dehydration in the process.

Nursing home neglect is a serious offense against the residents and their families who have put full their confidence in the capabilities of the staff and nurses. If ever you suspect any sign of neglect of your loved ones residing in nursing homes, make sure to inform the authorities, as well as hire a legal counsel who will be able to help you improve your loved one’s condition.

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