When a loved one enters a nursing home or long-term care facility, we trust that those responsible will have professional care of our loved one. Far too often, however, many nursing homes and caregivers are guilty of abuse or neglect.
Today, many nursing homes are operated by mega corporations that seem to place profits before resident care. This is wrong. Our loved ones have given us their very best, now it is time that they receive the very best.
Nursing homes and care facilities are required to treat their elderly and incompetent adult residents with care. All too often staff permit residents to walk unattended (which can lead to falls), eat the wrong foods (which can lead to choking), or simply to walk out of the facility unnoticed (which can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, or even an accident in the case of residents suffering from dementia).
In other cases, staff may simply neglect a resident by leaving the resident unattended for hours. Residents who are sedentary may not be turned in their chair or bed, which can lead to painful ulcers (known as bed sores). Residents may also be deprived of necessities such as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety and other essentials. In addition to neglect, nursing homes, care facilities and caregivers may also be held liable for any type of abuse inflicted on residents or patients.
Between one and two million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone they depended on for care or protection, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Frequent types of abuse and injury can include:
If you or your loved one is in immediate danger of abuse, dial 911 or call the police right away. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries or you suspect abuse or neglect by a nursing home, care facility or caregiver, please also call our firm to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Your loved one and their well-being may be dependent upon you taking immediate action.
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