Recently, an 82-year-old woman died in a hospital after developing severe dehydration, malnutrition, bruising, and cuts, all of which could have been avoided, had the staff been more attentive and better trained.
Understaffing and undertraining is not just a problem for hospitals. Nursing homes suffer the same problem. In fact, the majority of reports of elder abuse in nursing homes are due to understaffing, and undertraining. Elderly patients in nursing homes can develop bedsores, are given the wrong medication, or are misdiagnosed because there are not enough personnel to monitor them and give them the care they need.
To prevent elder abuse in nursing homes, one should find information on the number of incidents occurring in a nursing home, before putting your loved ones there. However, big nursing home chains severely lack information on the number of incidents in nursing homes, or are non-existent due to lack of organization and the complexity of the organization. Nonetheless, it is highly encouraged that family and loved ones should research the nursing home they plan to put their loved ones in as much as possible, to prevent potential elder abuse.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse or believe that you may have suffered from elder abuse, feel free to contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with one of our experienced elder abuse attorneys in a free and confidential consultation.