Before putting a loved one in a nursing home, it is important to be informed of the possible risks. Of course, these risks are not inherent, but rather the result of a negligent party, who is usually the nursing home staff.
According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, those who have loved ones that have been victims of nursing home negligence may take legal action, including pursuing compensation from the damages sustained.
But how can a nursing home be negligent? Below are some of the most common manifestations of negligence in nursing homes.
Elders are very vulnerable to abusive behaviors, primarily because they are physically and mentally limited to defend themselves. The most common abuse is physical, wherein the patients receive incidental force. This usually happens during restraining, so you may see your loved one with bruises and wounds on wrists, ankles, and other body parts that are typically restrained.
Maybe the nursing home staff is power tripping, or maybe he or she is just stressed out because of the nursing home’s inability to provide more staff for the huge number of residents. Either way, your loved one is still the person that suffers.
Other forms of abuse are emotional, psychological, and even sexual and financial.
You put your loved one in a nursing home so he can get the care he deserves, but sometimes, he really doesn’t get that care, because the nursing home staff is incompetent, or again, the nursing home has very limited staff so they cannot cater to the needs of everybody at the same time. So, some patients tend to be neglected.
The most common manifestations of neglect include dehydration, malnutrition, poor hygiene, and the lack of medical care for those who need specific medical attention, such as for those with Alzheimer’s.
All these manifestations can have negative effects on the overall health of the patients, so the very goal why you put your loved one in a nursing home is not accomplished.
Before you put your loved one in a nursing home, observe the place first. Determine whether it has the adequate number of staff to accommodate all patients effectively or not. Look into the patients and see if they appear to be properly cared for. Look at the facilities and check if they are clean, safe, and sufficient for the needs of your loved one. These are the most common management issues associated with nursing homes, so if you are not careful, your loved one may not view that place as a home in the long run.