When a family member or loved one's medical conditions require around the clock care, a nursing home can provide a much needed service. We trust nursing homes in providing a caring and nurturing environment for our beloved. But sadly, sometimes all the positives nursing homes provide to our aging population are outweighed by all their negligence.
Many nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities unknowingly set themselves up by their own reckless and careless decision making.
Common causes or contributors that can lead to nursing home negligence or abuse can include:
- Failure to hire sufficient staff to care for its resident patients;
- Failure to train staff and employees in the proper care of its resident patients;
- Failure to adequately provide resources in order to provide basic standard of care services for its resident patients;
- Failure to conduct background checks on employees with criminal record or a history of committing sexual abuse or assaults;
- Failure to properly supervise employees;
- Failure to properly supervise residents or patients;
- Failure to properly train employees on how to spot for signs of negligence or abuse;
- Failure to provide appropriate and competent security to ensure the safety of residents from abusive acts,
- Failure to monitor the access of strangers or visitors to the facility;
- Failure to maintain a record keeping system of abuse complaints;
- Failure to remove an employee or resident that is accused of abuse or assault until investigation is completed.
Common injuries sustained at nursing homes due to negligence or abuse can include:
- Equipment Malfunction;
- Falls and Fractures;
- Financial and Property Diversion;
- Infectious Diseases;
- Medical Malpractice;
- Mental Abuse;
- Neglect and Abandonment;
- Nursing Home Malpractice;
- Physical Abuse;
- Prescription Drug Error;
- Sexual Abuse;
- Solitary Confinement;
- Standard of Care Violation;
- Unnecessary Restraining;
- Unsupervised Wandering;
- Verbal Abuse;
- Wrongful Death.