Nursing Home Abuse
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Because senior citizens, particularly those residing in assisted care facilities, are often in a position of physical and/or cognitive disadvantage relative to their caretakers, elder abuse is an unfortunate common reality. Two million seniors in the U.S. are affected by elder abuse annually, and 36% of nursing homes have been found in violation of their duty to their residents.
Bedsores, for example, are a clear warning sign that something has gone wrong in the care of a wheelchair or bed-bound individual. They are often the first visual indicator of deeper issues.
Types of abuse include
- Bed Sores, Pressure Ulcers
- Broken Bones
- Medication Errors, Negligence
- Wrongful Death
- All types of Physical or Sexual abuse
Of these, neglect is the most common occurrence. Many facilities fail to train their staff to the levels required to care for the complex medical issues that individuals of advanced age possess — or they simply lack sufficient staff to care for the residents they are responsible for.
Bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers, or pressure sores, are the clearest sign of neglect in senior citizens because they are almost entirely preventable. These lesions occur when residents are left unattended in the same position for lengthy periods of time. When pressure on a specific area is not alleviated, it eventually forms a minor wound.
That minor wound, if left untreated, will eventually deteriorate and become infected. The tissue will become necrotic (meaning it will die and rot) and the sore will slowly but surely expand both in diameter and in depth. Eventually, the bedsore will reach down to the individual’s bones (which are often the point of pressure) and even to internal organs.
There are numerous state and federal laws regulating the treatment of individuals under the care and supervision of an assisted living facility such as a nursing home. If you suspect your loved ones nursing home is in violation of these codes we are here to help.
What can you do?
If you need help getting justice for your loved one, contact Pond Lehocky Giordano today. There is no charge to speak with our attorneys about your situation and legal rights.