Deciding whether or not to place older relatives into nursing home facilities is challenging for current family caretakers, and appropriate nursing home options can be limited. Family caretakers obviously seek ethical treatment for their elderly loved ones, but unfortunately nursing home facilities are not always safe, clean, or compassionate for the elderly. Nursing home abuse does occur, and it is distressing to unveil the indignities that elderly residents suffered at the hands of negligent nursing home staff.
When nursing home abuse occurs we believe that those who caused unnecessary suffering should be held accountable for their actions. We believe in the ethical treatment of all people, especially those who are at their most vulnerable. We are committed to helping families whose loved ones have suffered nursing home abuse. Our team of understanding and compassionate lawyers will be there to fight for justice, financial compensation, and proper care for nursing home residents.
If you are concerned that a loved one is being mistreated or neglected at a nursing home facility, you may have legal rights that produce justice for your loved one.
Nursing Home Laws
Federal and state laws have been issued to ensure the safety and ethical treatment of nursing home residents. Congress enacted the federal Nursing Home Reform Act in 1987, after numerous reports of neglect in nursing home facilities. The act states that all nursing homes must be maintained to give appropriate care for elderly residents and to provide for their general well-being.
Federal law states that nursing home facilities must adhere to the following:
- Assess the resident’s ability to care for themself
- Create a care plan designed for the resident based off his or her specific needs
- Appropriate amount of staff is maintained
- Residents receive treatment for hearing and vision
- The resident has the right to choose his or her activities
- The resident has the right to have visitors
- Provide assistance with hygiene
- Provide appropriate food and medication
- Maintain medical records of all residents
- Promote the resident’s general well-being and care for them with dignity and respect
- Promote the resident’s ability to care for themself, and offer assistance with any aspects of life they are unable to do for themselves
These laws were enacted to protect elderly against negligence and abuse, and noncompliance with any of the above laws is considered a federal crime. Some states have enacted even stricter nursing home laws to prevent the mistreatment of the elderly.
Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse
Facilities that allow under-qualified, inefficient, and sometimes negligent staff members to care for the residents are less likely to report instances of abuse. No matter how deplorable the living conditions are, nursing homes profit from the care of residents, and reporting abuse may diminish earnings.
Sometimes abuse goes unnoticed by family members for long periods of time, and it is important to know the warning signs. Physical abuse is the most obvious form of neglect, but psychological and sometimes even sexual abuse may occur.
Please contact our attorneys if you notice any of these signs:
- Unexplained injuries such as cuts or bruises
- Bed sores or open wounds
- Any bleeding or bloody clothing
- Dirty or torn clothing or sheets
- Malnourishment or dehydration
- Improper administration of medications
- Emotional withdrawal
Filing A Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Abuse
If you have noticed any signs of abuse towards your loved one in a nursing home facility, please contact a professional nursing home lawyer Memphis TN relies on to ensure that your case is being taken care of as well as possible.
We believe that one should be treated with dignity and respect during their most vulnerable years, and will fight for any rights you may have that will ensure justice and compensation. Repercussions for the facility at fault may prevent future negligence and abuse, so it is important to contact an attorney immediately.
Our lawyers have a broad understanding of nursing home laws and regulations, and will continue to fight against nursing home abuse.
Thank you to Darrell Castle and Associates, PLLC for providing insight on signs of nursing home abuse.