As the population of the United States ages, more and more people need the specialized care found in nursing homes. Nursing homes provide a valuable resources for many families who must care for elderly relatives who are unable to care for themselves. According to most recent studies, almost 3.2 million Americans reside in nursing homes. Unfortunately, the owners of nursing homes frequently put profits ahead of patient care and safety and do not always provide the reliable care they promise and are legally required to provide. As a result, nursing homes are oftentimes severely understaffed, nurses and caregivers and overworked and inadequately trained, and patients get neglected.
Nursing home negligence can have devastating, even life-threatening consequences for elderly patients. Because signs and nursing home neglect and abuse are sometimes dismissed as indicators of old age or dementia, it is important that family members recognize the signs of mistreatment.
Common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Preventable injuries from falls
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Sudden weight loss
- Emotional withdrawal
- Physical discomfort
When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, the individual and his or her family are entitled to expect that the person will be treated with dignity and respect and will receive appropriate care. Unfortunately, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or mistreated by someone on whom they rely for care and protection. For every case of elder abuse and neglect reported, almost five more go unreported.
At Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC, we’ve successfully represented victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. Our attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of elderly residents and will work tirelessly for you and your loved one.
If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact an experienced attorney at Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC, for a free consultation. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and do everything possible to hold the nursing home accountable for its misconduct and the harm it has caused.