Nursing Home Abuse
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Nursing home abuse, neglect, or harm is a national crisis. Loved ones are
injured daily because nursing homes are understaffed and staffs are inadequately
trained. When the time arrives for your family member to reside in a nursing
facility, you do not want to worry about that facility’s staffing,
competency, or safety. Unfortunately, family members must become watchdogs
to protect their elderly parents or relatives.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has found that staffing
levels in nursing facilities can impact residents' quality of care.
CMS regulations require nursing facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare
payments must provide sufficient licensed nursing services 24 hours a
day, including a registered nurse for at least 8 consecutive hours every day.
The Hartley Law Group, like CMS, is deeply concerned about staffing inadequacies
at nursing homes because nurse staffing has the greatest impact on the
quality of care delivered. As CMS has found – lower staffing levels
in nursing homes means more hospitalizations, more infections, more pressure
ulcers, more skin trauma, more weight loss, increased resistance to care,
and decreased functional status.
Federal regulations for long-term care facilities requires sufficient nursing
staff; appropriate competencies and skill sets; nursing services that
assure resident safety; and the attaining and maintaining of the highest
practicable resident well-being.
You can compare nursing homes in your area by going to the Medicare site
for nursing home information and entering your zip code. Various nursing
home facilities are evaluated by the federal government and give you a
meaning way to decide which nursing home is best for your loved one.
Unfortunately, greed controls many decisions and outcomes in privately
owned nursing homes. These nursing home owners and operators put profits
ahead of the safety.
The White House FACT SHEET reports that recent research has found that
outcomes are significantly worse at
privately equity-owned nursing homes:
- residents are more likely to have preventable emergency department visits
- residents are more likely to experience preventable hospitalizations
- residents experience an increased excess rate of death
- residents are more likely to receive antipsychotic drug treatment
- residents’ infection rates and death rates are above statewide averages
The White House. FACT SHEET: Protecting Seniors by Improving Safety and
Quality of Care in the Nation’s Nursing Homes.
If your loved one has suffered any of the following injuries, abuse, or
harms listed below contact our caring lawyers at Hartley Law Group: Bedsores
and Pressure Sores, Negligently-induced infections and sepsis, Fractured
and Broken bones, Malnutrition & Dehydration, Sexual Abuse, Medication
Overdose, Injuries due to Wandering off, Clogged breathing tubes, Choking,
Falls or Death.