How Are Nursing Homes Responsible for Abuse?
Every case of abuse is unique and has its own set of special circumstances. The one thing that all abuse cases have in common is the fact that the victim is never at fault. There is no excuse for abusing an elderly resident in a nursing home setting. None.
While it is common for caregivers and nursing home staff to be responsible for abuse against an individual there are a number of ways that nursing home management and administration may be responsible for contributing to, condoning, or ignoring that type of inappropriate behavior. These are some of the factors that can contribute or lead to abusive situations in nursing home and long-term care facilities:
- Understaffing- Understaffing a nursing home facility puts an emotional and physical strain on staff and resources at a facility. This can lead to staff members resorting to different forms of abuse as frustration mounts. It can also lead to cases of neglect as busy and short-staffed caregivers try to juggle too many patients. Some residents may fall through the cracks and not receive adequate care and attention.
- Poor or inadequate staff training- It is beholden to the nursing home to make sure that all staff has the proper education and training before being hired as caregivers. The nursing home is also responsible for making sure staff are properly trained in correct nursing home procedures, following guidelines, and have proper supervision.
- Poor administrative practices- Most nursing home and long-term care facilities are for-profit businesses. They are in the business of making money. There are some facilities that may prize material wealth and profits over the health and safety of their residents. This can mean there is a mismanagement of resources and chronic understaffing in an effort to maximize profit margins. It can also lead to problems with low wages for staff and caregivers. Low wages paired with a high volume of work can make staff resentful and uncaring about their job duties. In severe cases, poor administrative practices may also mean that claims of abuse are swept under the rug, overlooked, and simply ignored in order to maintain status and credibility and to avoid government fines and lawsuits.
Why Contact Hammack Law Firm?
Abuse is never an easy subject to talk about. It can cause guilt, embarrassment, and emotional pain and trauma for the person suffering at the hands of an abuser. It is not always easy to break the cycle and get help, especially when you know your daily care, food, and medication, are all in the hands of your abuser.
Your loved one may be afraid to speak out, that is why it is so important for family members to recognize the warning signs. You can make a difference and at Hammack Law Firm we are here to help. Our team of seasoned attorneys has the knowledge to tackle the problem and the compassion to help you deal with this sensitive issue.
You need sound legal advice. You need a solid case strategy to deal with the unique circumstances of your situation. You need to contact the team at Hammack Law Firm to make sure that your legal claim is as strong as you are. It takes strength and courage to bring abuse claims to light, we understand that and want to work hard to bring justice and compensation to you and your family. Contact us at (864) 326-3333 for a free case evaluation.