Age and declining health increases the susceptibility of our senior citizens to abuse and neglect. Much of the neglect that we see of our elderly loved ones occurs to those residing at long term care facilities. Since many senior citizens have lost the capacity to live independently, they find themselves victims of the negligence of their custodians and caregivers. A shortage of qualified and trained personnel has contributed to a significant rise in nursing home negligence and abuse. Common physical claims and personal injuries sustained to residents in nursing homes include the following:
- Bed sores or Pressure ulcers are one of the major forms of nursing home abuse, range in severity minor to severe and life-threatening. They result from a failure to reposition the resident to relieve pressure on certain vulnerable areas of the body (low back, elbows, heels, for example) to allow blood flow to return to the area.
- Malnutrition and Dehydration often occur because residents of nursing homes are not properly monitored regarding their intake of meals and fluids. A Nursing Home must take action if a Resident is not eating or drinking sufficient quantities to remain healthy.
- Nursing Home Falls and Physical Abuse
If you even suspect that your family member has been subjected to any of the abuse outlined above, I would be happy to consult with you and if appropriate, obtain the nursing home chart and evaluate the case with the hope of obtaining substantial monetary damages for the injuries sustained.