Families across the United States invest their trust in nursing homes. We expect that these facilities will provide a safe and healthy environment for our loved ones. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Many nursing homes are understaffed; others employ caregivers who are not qualified. Both of these can lead to neglect or even physical abuse.
At the first sign of negligence or abuse, you should make every effort to draw attention to the problem. There are no justifiable reasons for lack of care at a nursing home, and taking action can prevent others from suffering the same mistreatment.
Nursing Home Abuse Is a Painful Reality for Countless Seniors
Nursing home abuse is a daily problem for countless senior citizens and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, negligence and physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse harm hundreds of thousands of senior citizens annually.
What Defines Negligence?
Nursing home negligence is a form of abuse, and is defined it as the result of an unwilling failure to provide adequate care. Lack of funding, poorly trained staff and other dwindling resources can make it hard for a nursing home to maintain a satisfactory standard of care.
Nursing home administrators are responsible for addressing and preventing these issues. If they fail to provide a safe environment for your loved one, then you have the right to take action. Under no circumstances should you excuse negligence.
Results of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
As a result of negligence, senior citizens can lose access to proper health care, balanced food, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer and even regular social interaction. If a nursing home does not provide these essentials to your loved one, then you have the right to remove him or her from the facility and file a lawsuit for damages.
Look for Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Some forms of nursing home abuse are obvious; others are more difficult to spot. Before you allow a loved one to enter a nursing home, be sure to find out how long the facility has been running. Also, pay close attention to any warning signs of negligence, including poorly maintained facilities, unfriendly staff or complaints from other residents or their families.
If you believe the staff at your loved one’s nursing home may be guilty of negligence or abuse, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, our Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys can set you on the right path for free. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to schedule a free consultation.