There are more than 40 million people in the United States age 65 or older, many of whom will need some form of long-term care. Unfortunately, the elderly suffer abuse at one of every three nursing homes across the country, so there is an excellent chance you will encounter nursing home negligence at some point in your life..
The elderly in nursing homes rely on staff and professionals to handle their needs and provide the care that they can no longer provide for themselves. Nursing home residents often need assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL’s), including dressing, bathing, toileting, personal hygiene, eating, and drinking. They also may need help simply getting in and out of bed or transferring to a chair.
Not providing elderly residents with ADL’s amounts to nursing home negligence. When the elderly are not given proper liquids and nutrition, they can become dehydrated or ill. The consequences can be severe in many cases because often the elderly already suffer from physical ailments. If assistance is not given to help them move, they may fall and break bones or develop bed sores or skin ulcers. Alzheimer’s patients left unwatched can wander off and get lost. Extreme negligence may result in severe medical complications and even death.
Many nursing homes are woefully understaffed, and many of the personnel they do have are underqualified or poorly trained. Private nursing homes that are run as for-profit institutions frequently cut back on staff to increase their bottom lines. As a result, many elderly residents fail to receive proper care.
Nursing home negligence can be difficult to detect. If you suspect your loved one may have been subjected to nursing home negligence, our experienced injury attorneys can assist you in discovering whether abuse has actually occurred and advise you regarding the appropriate legal action. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.