Many nursing facilities provide excellent care; however, far too many do not. They are often understaffed with poorly trained and underpaid employees, and the emphasis is on profit rather than proper care. When profit takes priority, patient lives can be at risk and lead to abuse and even death.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
Elderly patients easily become victims when they are physically or mentally unable to tell someone that they are suffering from abuse. There are many types of nursing home abuse; some even happen concurrently and can take many forms including physical abuse and assault.
Physical abuse can range from discomfort, to serious injuries – even death. Nursing home patients can suffer serious injuries, including starvation, dehydration, and even physical assault from employees and other patients. Assault may be difficult to detect, particularly when bruises, cuts, and other signs are hidden by clothing, or someone who is bedridden has broken bones. Patients may be unable to communicate their injuries due to physical limitations or fear, or the staff may claim that the injuries were due to a fall or just an accident.