December 30, 2011
A recent article in the Detroit Free Press discusses the problem of proving nursing home abuse. Problems such as patients with failing memories–or altered memories as seen with Dementia patients–as well as uncooperative staff and injuries that have faded over time are just a few of the complications of proving what might have very well been abuse or neglect.
The article reveals that four out of five nursing homes in Michigan have been cited for abuse or neglect issues. However, the number of documented cases of actual abuse is much smaller than the high number of violations issued to nursing homes every year.
Serious violations can range from nursing home staff physically abusing or neglecting residents, to not doing enough to protect residents from other abusive residents.
In situations where you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in his or her nursing home we urge you to report the problem to the nursing home administration immediately. If you believe your loved one is in serious danger do not hesitate to contact the police.
From there we advise you to speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer about possible legal action you can take against the nursing home.