Poorly-staffed nursing homes are more often than not the root cause of all kinds of physical, psychological and financial abuse heaped upon elders. Management doesn't employ a sufficient number of well-trained caregivers. The few who do get hired are underpaid and overworked without knowing how to take proper care of patients. This results in neglect and sometimes very serious forms of abuse like material exploitation and actual beatings and other physical abuse.
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Listed below are the common abuses that may be taking place in poorly-staffed nursing homes:
Registered nurses and certified nursing assistants will know that immobile patients should not be left alone in the same position for long. They need to be repositioned every now and then to avoid bedsores. A nursing home where residents develop bedsores is breaking the law. The same applies for false imprisonment, wherein residents are restricted against their consent from coming out of their rooms or from the wing their room is in.
If the nursing home does not do background checks before hiring employees, that may result in residents being exploited financially and via other criminal acts. There are many state and federal agencies and programs that are specifically meant to curb such abuse and punish the guilty. If you know of or suspect any such abuse, report it to the nursing home management and the local police department, along with state agencies in charge of regulating nursing homes.
Did you know?
Providing inadequate care to elders after accepting Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements is a violation of the False Claims Act.
Poorly-staffed nursing homes that are unable to look after their residents and maintain their health and well-being are in clear violation of the FCA.