One of the most pervasive forms of nursing home abuse today is that of neglect. nursing home neglect is too frequently overlooked and results all too often in a decline in general health and eventually the death of those elderly people entrusted to nursing home care facilities. The problem can occur anywhere and can take many shapes. What makes this particularly sinister is that it can be overlooked or ignored for so long. Even upon repeated visits to a nursing home, the signs of nursing home neglect can remain hidden.
There are many reasons that elderly residents in facilities suffer nursing home abuse and neglect. Nursing home workers are too often low-paid, overworked, and poorly trained. Sometimes the problem occurs when a nursing home owner tries to cut corners by skimping on staff or training. But, sometimes the worst cases of nursing home neglect and abuse happen at facilities that on the outside seem clean, professional, and well run. Often, management is aware that a problem exists.
Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which residents of nursing homes experience an elevated risk of a number of ailments. These issues can occur because of a lack of appropriate care, neglect, or they can simply result from the declining physical state that accompanies old age and created a need for long-term care in the first place. What follows is a listing of the most common ailments, such as bed sores, and nursing home neglect issues associated with nursing home care.
Nursing Home Abuse News
August 13, 2014
A widower from Putnam County, West Virginia who claims his wife died because of the negligent care she received from a nursing home in the state, has filed a lawsuit against the facility.
Chester Rutan has filed a lawsuit naming Teays Valley nursing home and its parent company Genesis Healthcare in the lawsuit. He blames the center for allegedly causing his wife to deteriorate from neglect and abuse.
Loyce Rutan was a resident at the home for three months in 2012 when she died in September of that year. She was admitted to the center as she needed help with day to day activities and rehabilitation. Her husband alleges that the home were understaffed and had insufficient supplies to meet the needs of his now deceased wife. Moreover he claims that his wife fell a significant number of times while at the home and that staff failed to tell him and other family members about the woman’s deteriorating health.