Every Nursing Home Resident Deserves a High Standard of Care and Attention
For hundreds of thousands of families, placing a beloved elderly family member in a nursing home is a hard enough decision when they believe the home will be a safe, comfortable place for grandma or grandpa. Shockingly, mounting evidence shows that many of these homes are rife with cases of physical and psychological abuse.
According to a recent report by ABC News, as many as one in three nursing home residents may be the victim of verbal, physical and even sexual abuse. While abuses committed by staff members–the very people who are supposed to be caring for elderly loved ones–are particularly shocking and outrageous, new research suggests that abusive behaviors between residents may be even more common and damaging. According to researchers at Cornell, resident-on-resident abuse at nursing homes often goes unnoticed due to negligent or overworked staff.
How to Prevent Elder Abuse
If you’re considering putting a parent or grandparent in a nursing home, you can take proactive steps to ensure your family members are treated with the high standard of care and attention they deserve. As the Legal Examiner notes, online databases like Nursing Home Compare allow family members to provide feedback about nursing homes and alert potential customers to problems before they begin. You can also tour the facilities and ask for references from other family members. Still, you can’t be absolutely certain of a nursing home’s safety because it only takes one bad apple on the staff to make the entire facility unsafe.
What to Do If You Suspect Abuse
If you suspect abusive conditions exist at a nursing home for your family member, the first thing you should do is contact an elder abuse attorney. Experienced nursing home abuse lawyers know how to investigate problems in these medical facilities and bring those responsible to justice. Contacting an elder abuse lawyer is important because nursing home cases often revolve around medical records, which can be sealed for privacy reasons.
Your parents or grandparents deserve respect, not abuse from those who are charged with their care. If you suspect something is wrong in your Los Angeles area nursing home, contact the elder abuse lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby via phone at 1.800.281.8515 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.