Sacramento Nursing Home Assault Information
In the United States today, one in every three nursing homes have been cited for exhibiting some form of nursing home abuse. In fact, anywhere from 1 to 2 million Americans over the age of 65 have suffered from neglect, mistreatment, or abuse by their primary caregiver. Nursing home abuse in the state of California has become a growing issue.
Recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse and nursing home assault can be difficult. One of the most difficult challenges that family members face is determining when and where their elderly loved one will reside. When a nursing home is chosen, the elders family and friends trust that the nursing home will provide proper care and safety for all residents. Sadly, this is rarely the case.
Due to the rising number of nursing home abuse cases, all California residents must remain on hyper alert to ensure that their elderly loved ones are being taken care of properly. When any signs of assault or abuse are present, it is important to inform the nursing home immediately. Following this action, you must contact a Sacramento nursing home abuse attorney is discuss you legal options.
Signs of Nursing Home Assault
CNN news has reported that approximately 90 percent of nursing homes throughout the country are understaffed. When a nursing home lacks the adequate number of staff members, there are quite a few mistakes that are likely to occur. First, understaffed nursing homes are unable to function at the level which would provide proper care. Staff members become frustrated and angry with their excessive workloads and often take out these emotions on innocent elderly patients.
As a family member of a nursing home resident, it is essential to pay attention to potential signs of nursing home assault. In doing so, you will be able to keep a finger on the pulse of your loved elder, making sure you are aware of current health and overall emotional state. The following are some of the most common and obvious signs of nursing home assault:
- Loss of Hair
- Open Wounds
- Bed Sores
- Changes in Weight
- Clothing and/or bedding is stained, torn, bloody, or otherwise unkempt
- Emotional Withdrawal
While there are a number of additional signs of nursing home assault, the above are the most obvious and frequently seen signs. In addition to paying attention to these signs, family members are encouraged to keep a close watch on the staff members and how your loved one responds and interacts with them. More often than not, family members will be able to tell if a relationship between their elderly loved one and a staff member is unacceptable.
If you or a loved one has experienced any type of nursing home assault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Arnold Law Firm has years of experience in nursing home abuse litigation. In this time, we have come to learn just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom and achieve the compensation that our clients deserve.
Questions to Ask When Finding a Nursing Home
Choosing a nursing home is not an easy task. Family members often feel pressure when making such an important decision and are never truly satisfied. However, asking a few specific questions when searching for a nursing home is essential to both ensuring your elderly loved one will be taken care of and easing the minds of you and your family member.
The following are some important questions to ask nursing homes:
- How long have you been in business?
- Who is the manager of the nursing home? How long have they been there?
- Who is the owner of the nursing home? Are they involved in the day-to-day processes?
- Can I contact the manager and owner?
- Can I receive regular reports of recent inspections?
- How many elders are living in the home?
- How many staff members are regularly on duty?
- Are all staff members on site?
- What qualifications do the staff members maintain?
Asking the above questions will prove to be helpful in determining what nursing home best fits the needs of your elderly loved one and your family. Following these questions, be sure to collect all relevant contact information. The more contact maintained between you and the nursing home, the better the chances of avoiding a nursing home assault situation.
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