We love the senior citizens in our lives, but sometimes they require more care than we can provide on our own. In cases where elderly loved ones require around the clock care or specific medical attention, families trust nursing homes and assisted living facilities to step in. Sadly, nursing homes cannot always be trusted to treat your loved ones as well as you would at home. Elderly abuse and neglect is a rising problem in the U.S.
This month alone there are 2 major news stories about nursing home and assisted living abuse. One case involves 2 nursing home workers in Philadelphia who were caught on hidden camera treating an 83-year-old woman roughly on 3 separate occasions. To make matters worse, the nursing home had been placed on a provisional operating license by the Department of Public Welfare earlier in the year for other violations in patient care.
The second case may be even more troubling. An assisted living employee was caught on tape abusing a 101-year-old man in Mount Pleasant, SC. The man was seen taunting, abusing and kissing the 101-year-old patient and even places laundry detergent the patient's eyes. Both stories are heartbreaking and both were discovered only after the victims' families placed hidden cameras in their rooms after they complained of abuse.
homes are for-profit entities, which means that their goal is to make money. To them, it is a good financial decision to hire less qualified workers and to take in as many patients as possible. Unfortunately this means that patients do not always get the care they need and the care you are trusting the facility to provide. Neglected nursing home patients experience serious aliments like bed sores, malnutrition, and even death.
If you have a loved one in an assisted care facility or nursing home, take extra care that they are being well-taken care of. If you suspect anything, follow the example of the families in these news stories and place a hidden camera or investigate further. We hope that you'll never need our services, but if your loved one has experienced any type of abuse or suffered a serious injury while in a nursing home or assisted living facility, call The Berry Law Group right now.