Nursing Home Abuse

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Although most believe that nursing homes are places of rest and serenity, statistics show that nursing home abuse is on the rise in America's facilities. Staff shortages, long hours, low pay, poor training and overcrowding are some of the main reasons cited for nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can take many forms the most widely obvious is physical abuse but it can take on several different forms. Some elderly residents have reported, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, restricted rights pertaining to sleeping hours and coming and going. Some nursing home abuse takes the form of being denied food or general neglect. Some are put in overcrowded and unclean facilities. Some have to endue improper restraints and general authoritarian treatment by staff members.

Nursing homes are places for care and should not be used as houses for abuse. We would all agree that the elderly people in our lives deserve better than this. The good news is that more and more states are recognizing the problem of nursing home abuse and enacting legislation to combat the problem.

If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse then there are a few things you can do. If you fear the person's life maybe in immediate physical danger then you must call the police and emergency services. Call 911 as quickly as possible. If they are in no immediate danger then call your local adult protective services. It is vital that you allay your concerns to as many people as possible.

A final option you have is to take legal action. As stated before, states are now recognizing nursing home abuse as a growing problem and are changing and modifying their laws to hold these facilities accountable. The laws will vary according to state but chances are you will have a legal avenue open to you. To find out more contact a nursing home abuse attorney to help you through this dark and difficult time. No one wants to think of their loved ones enduring nursing home abuse but you do not have to take it. Today, now more than ever, you have the legal means to do something about it. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are standing by to help you. Contact one today.

 

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