Few things make us more livid than nursing home abuse and neglect. Our loved ones, who have lived good, long lives, rely on nursing homes to provide the care they need. Too often, these facilities are understaffed in order to maximize profits, and patient care plummets as a result.
While sometimes this is the result of simple negligence, other times, nursing homes hire unfit staff members who abuse helpless patients for no better reason than pure sadism. If you are concerned that your loved one is being neglected or mistreated by nursing home staff, you should trust your instincts. You are probably right.
Nursing homes are required by law to uphold principles and practices (P&P) for allowing family members to see their loved ones. If the nursing home denies you access to your loved one for any reason, it is time to get suspicious. While they may have legal cause to restrict visitors, they must have a verifiable medical rationale for doing so. Often, when there is abuse happening, the nursing home will attempt to restrict visitor access citing “safety reasons.” Often, they are attempting to cover up bruises from restraints, signs of neglect such as bedsores, or another serious issue.
Other signs include:
Every patient in a nursing home deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. If nursing home staff are abusing or neglecting patients due to understaffing or sheer cruelty, then they need to pay for their negligence. Talk to Lafferty, Gallagher, & Scott today for a free consultation.
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