Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. It’s not because you don’t want to care for them on your own. It’s because you don’t have the equipment, supplies, or knowledge to properly care for your loved one. You might also live far away and cannot see them on a regular basis, and moving them to a nursing home will be safer for them. But, what if your loved one is abused or neglected? When can you sue for nursing home abuse?
You have moved your loved one into a nursing home because they require supervision due to an illness or injury and you are unable to provide this for them at home. When a lack of supervision happens at a nursing home it can lead to dire consequences. This is when patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s wander out of the building and are labeled as missing persons. Lack of supervision can also cause a resident to suffer injuries if they are attacked by other residents or if they get up to walk around when they should be on bed rest.
Nursing homes experience serious issues with turnover when it comes to their staffing levels. When a nursing home regularly hires new employees, it can lead to insufficient staffing, which can lead to injuries or other problems for residents. Constantly having open shifts or staff members working overtime to fill open shifts can cause mistakes in care, incorrect medication being administered, and residents being overlooked. This can all be considered elder abuse.
Nursing facilities, much like hospitals, must be cleaned constantly in order to prevent residents from developing infections or contracting illnesses, which could become severe and even lead to death. This is a consequence that should be dealt with appropriately, as the nursing home should be held accountable.
Elder abuse in a nursing home does not just have to be physical or mental. It can also involve the resident’s financial situation. Sadly, many nursing home residents have been the victims of financial abuse in the past and will continue to be victims in the future. Many elderly residents are very trusting of everyone around them, which is when they might change their wills to include a caregiver or give them access to a checking or savings account.
If you have concerns about your loved one’s care in a nursing home, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. You might have the basis for a case against a nursing home, the medical staff or the management team. Call the office of Thomas J. Henry Law today at 866-517-5659 to schedule a consultation to discuss nursing home abuse cases. You can seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and more.