Nursing Home Residents at Risk of Abuse and Neglect
When Quality Care Loses Out to the Bottom Line
Resident Risk As For-Profit Chains Increase
Increasingly, huge numbers of nursing homes in the United States are part of for-profit chains caring for thousands of elderly residents. The impact on residents from this trend is not good. The focus is on profits not care. The disconnect has devastating consequences for care quality and an all too real impact on human lives. Take, for example, the recent collapse of a nursing home chain caring for more than 1,100 people; the chain’s default on a government-backed mortgage means the government is now running the chain. At the time of the collapse the for-profit chain faced nearly three dozen still-active personal injury lawsuits, including a number of wrongful death actions, filed by families of patients. Lawyers for the estate of one 93-year-old dementia patient say she died of complications from a fall at one facility because staff members failed to properly supervise her.
The Marin nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent nursing home residents harmed by abuse or neglect at any nursing home or other care facility in California. Our lawyers believe nursing home owners, management, administrators and staff should be held accountable for any neglect or abuse that results in injury. Often, neglect and abuse arise from understaffing and other cost-cutting practices. Owners may drain cash from the homes, depleting capital for needed services. Our lawyers know how to investigate these cases and sue the responsible parties for all remedies available to victims and their families. If you or someone you know is suffering from nursing home abuse in Marin or elsewhere in California, call the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
Nursing home abuse can be fatal as the suit against the bankrupt chain illustrates. Nursing home residents are in homes for a reason – they can no longer take care of themselves. The patients and their families trust skilled nursing facilities to take care of these patients, and they pay dearly for that care. Experience shows that distant owners, fixated on the bottom line, cannot be trusted to provide the required level of care. If you have a loved one in any kind of a nursing home or care facility, visit as often as you can and monitor the care your loved one receives. Watch for signs of possible abuse or neglect:
- Bedsores/pressure ulcers or other poor skin conditions;
- Bruises and scratch marks;
- Injuries from wandering off unsupervised (known as elopement);
- Indication of sexual assault, rape, or battery;
- Lack of equipment and supplies;
- Rapid weight loss;
- Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;
- Prolonged sleep or drowsiness;
- Agitation especially when certain caregivers are present;
- Reluctance to speak when staff is nearby;
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions, soiled bed linens and clothes;
- Fear of being touched.
You know your loved one best and other observations may concern you. If you suspect abuse or neglect, do something about it immediately. Notify the nursing home administrator who is required by law to report the situation to the authorities. Contact the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman with your concerns; in Marin the Ombudsman’s number is 415-473-7446. You should also call qualified counsel like the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm to help you pursue all available remedies against those responsible for injury, including the award of your attorneys’ fees and costs under certain circumstances.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. is not involved in any way in any of the cases discussed in this blog.