Common Causes and Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Currently, more than one-and-a-half million elderly Americans live in nursing homes, and this number is constantly increasing. There are more than 75 nursing homes in Orange County alone.
However, a 2000 study by the Health Care Finance Administration showed that more than one-half of the nursing homes in the country are improperly staffed. Nursing home neglect is a very real problem, but one that often goes unnoticed. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect, you should contact an Orange County neglect lawyer as soon as possible to see if you or your family are entitled to compensation.
Signs of Orange County Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can take many different forms, and its signs are not always as visible as the cuts and bruises of some nursing home abuse cases. A few of the more common ways that nursing home neglect manifests itself are:
– Improper sanitation in preparation of food.
– Poor quality of care or inadequate care plans.
– Inadequate resident assessment.
– Pressure sores from being in bed for extended periods, or failure to treat pressure sores.
– Failure to prevent injuries like falls and burns.
– Emotional neglect.
Causes of Orange County Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is most often the result of improper staffing. Nursing homes may be understaffed because of a desire to maximize profit or because of an inability to afford to hire more workers. Those workers that are hired are paid very low wages-often less than fast food employees and movie ticket-takers, according to the Health Care Finance Administration. Nursing homes also cut corners by hiring more underqualified employees and fewer nurses aids or nurses.
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable personal injury victims. While we all hope that as we age, we will be treated with dignity and care, various circumstances can force us into living situations that are less than ideal. But when you entrust your loved one’s welfare and safety to a nursing home, you expect that they won’t violate this trust. If you or a member of your family has been injured due to nursing home neglect, please contact Orange County neglect lawyer Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084 to learn how he can help you.