Cases of Negligence in Nursing Homes Skyrockets
As 78 million “baby boomers” in America reach retirement age, there is an increased demand for nursing homes across the country. The Kaiser Family Health Foundation estimates that nearly 1.5 million senior citizens already reside in nursing homes and this number is only expected to sharply increase within the next ten years. However, this increasing admission into nursing homes brings with it an increased risk for abuse and negligence. This worries Contra Costa County Elder Abuse Lawyers, who know first-hand that many nursing homes provide inadequate services such as poorly trained staff and care plans.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that 1 in every 20 nursing home patients will receive some sort of negligence or abuse. Even more frightening, they noted that 90% of facilities did not have adequately trained staff to provide the attention needed to fulfill care plans. Contra Costa County Elder Abuse Lawyers know that the increasing demand for nursing homes will either bring severe overcrowding or lead to the quick construction of faulty retirement homes with inadequate staff.
Either way, it’s the residents and staff members who pay the price and not the corporations. For example, nurses’ aides make up the majority of employees in nursing homes. However, nurses’ aides are under paid and overworked; creating a poor and stress work environment that is more susceptible to negligence. This is completely unacceptable quote Contra Costa County Elder Abuse Lawyers, corporations and administrators should not put their profits before their clients.
Evans Law Firm, Inc. has offices in Sonoma, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and handles nursing home abuse lawsuits and other elder abuse lawsuits throughout the Bay Area. If you or a loved one have a potential elder abuse claim or have knowledge of improper nursing home practices, please contact one of our Contra Costa County Elder Abuse Lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc. for a free consultation at 415-441-8669 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.