When you arrive at the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, you do so with some level of certainty that they will be properly cared for. No spouse, child, or grandchild would voluntarily place their loved one in a nursing home with the threat of potential abuse. If you suspect your loved one is being abused, be sure to take immediate action. Three common types of nursing home abuse are listed below.
1. Financial exploitation
Our society often views elderly people as vulnerable, because of this they are often the targets of financial exploitation. Exploitation can be disguised in a number of ways:
- Identity theft
- Forging signatures
- Stealing cash, cards, or checks
- Investment fraud
- Fake “prizes” or “charities”
Nursing home staff members often have access to an elder’s personal and financial items. Sometimes staff members take advantage of these opportunities and exploit elders finances.
2. Healthcare abuse
Most elders living in nursing homes require daily medication. Medical providers that abuse their power in any way can be charged with healthcare abuse.
- Under medicating
- Dispensing incorrect dosages
- Billing for medical care, without actually providing it
- Overcharging for medical care
- Offering fake medications for illnesses
All of the types of abuse listed above are serious offenses that can result in a license being revoked as well as serious jail time.
3. Poor staffing
Nursing staff that are not properly trained or understaffed can be detrimental to the care of elderly people.
- Not offering proper and adequate training
- Insufficient number of staff members available
- Overworked and exhausted staff
- Failure to run background checks
The quality of a nursing staff often sets the tone for a nursing home. For example, when nursing staff do not receive proper training they are unable to administer medication, handle emergencies with elders, and safely subdue volatile elders. Maintaining competent staff members can protect a nursing home from lawsuits and other legal trouble.
4. Inadequate facilities
Nursing homes should be kept clean and made as cozy as possible for residents. It can be difficult for elders to completely uproot their lives and alter their lifestyles. Transitioning from living in your own home and completing daily tasks on your own to depending upon nursing staff 24/7 can be a hard process. For these exact reasons nursing homes should be properly maintained and looked after. Filthy bathrooms, soiled bedsheets, rooms missing necessary provisions are considered is considered neglectful behavior.
It can be hard to detect signs of abuse. In a nursing home you are unable to always be around your loved one. So much can take place in your absence. Before you place your loved one in a nursing home do your research. Once they are living in the home always be conscious of signs of abuse. If you become suspicious of any abuse, remove them from the home immediately and hire legal counsel.
If you feel that your loved one is experiencing abuse in a nursing home, feel free tocontact us at Kyle Law Firm.