Of the things that could affect an elderly person, nursing home neglect or abuse are among the worst. Elders who need to go into nursing homes often require constant monitoring and support. They may need assistance when going to the bathroom, getting dressed or eating. They may need someone to give them medications on a schedule or to make sure they move enough to avoid developing bedsores.
The Administration for Community Living, which is a subsection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, believes that an estimated 5 million elders in America suffer from abuse, exploitation or neglect. The true number could be even higher, because it’s believed that for every single case of neglect or abuse that does get reported, as many as 23 aren’t.
Abuse is not always at the hands of the nursing home’s staff, but it has to be addressed all the same. Resident-on-resident abuse is possible (and even likely), with 407 of 2,011 study participants reporting being victims of at least an instance of mistreatment within the last month. The study, which was conducted by the Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care, showed that around one in five people suffered from physical or verbal mistreatment due to other residents.
If your loved one is attacked and harmed by another resident in a nursing home or is a victim of nursing home abuse due to the actions of a staff member, it’s important to do what you can to protect their rights. Your attorney will help you handle the case, so that you can get them into a safer facility.