Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
As baby boomers are starting to reach their retirement years, the number of people receiving nursing home care will continue to increase dramatically. In addition, with many couples both working to support the household, there is less time to care for elderly parents. With the growing number of people receiving nursing home care, there are escalating reports about abuse and neglect of nursing home patients. Unfortunately, the priority of some owners and operators of nursing homes is often their bottom line, not the welfare of their patients.
Nursing home neglect and abuse often occurs for a number of reasons including: poorly qualified and inadequately trained staff; staff with a history of violence; inadequate resources; the reluctance of residents to report abuse out of embarrassment or fear; greed; unethical owners, operators or employees.
Nursing home residents may be subjected to physical, psychological, verbal and financial abuse or neglect.
Unless an outside physician or the resident reports abuse or neglect, it often goes unnoticed. This is why it is important for family members and friends to be vigilant in looking for potential warning signs of abuse or neglect.
There are a number of government agencies that oversee nursing homes, each with their own investigation and enforcement procedures. However, the primary goal of these regulatory agencies is to punish and regulate the nursing home, not to obtain compensation for a victim of abuse or neglect.
Contact Nebraska’s Lapin Law Offices for a free initial consultation if you or a loved one are a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.