Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are big businesses. As the American population ages and gets sicker, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities have exploded onto the American landscape as never before. The business of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, like all businesses, exist to make a profit. That means to keep costs down and revenues up. Our office has seen first-hand, over and over again, that one way to keep costs down is to limit the number of skilled staff that provides care to the residents of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Very often the skilled care needed to prevent bedsores falls, and proper administration of medication doesn’t exist. Many times the limited assessment of a patient is wrong for the care that is needed or patients are admitted to facilities that lack the ability to provide the specialized care that is needed. Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult decision. When a nursing home facility is finally selected, the hope is that your loved one will receive the care and attention they deserve. Sadly, at times, that does not happen.
Frequently, residents in nursing homes are severely injured. Due to the absence of a comprehensive plan of care, patients fall from their beds, develop bedsores and suffer from malnutrition. Residents that suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia sometimes are ignored by the staff at the facilities where they live. At a vulnerable time in their life, older people are often left alone and are uncared for. That often results in injuries that compromise an already delicate situation.
Federal and State Law requires all nursing home facilities to provide high-quality care to seniors who live in their facility. Specifically, Federal law 42 C.F.R. 482.25 states that every resident must receive “the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care.”
If you believe a loved one is not receiving the care that the law requires, contact our office to discuss your concerns.
When your beloved elders are unable to care for themselves, you look to the medical professionals in nursing homes to care for them. You place your trust in the nurses, doctors, and aides that they will make sure our grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, and aunts are provided for.
When that trust is broken and your loved one is injured due to the negligence of a member of the nursing home medical staff, you deserve justice!