Improper care of nursing home residents is a serious problem in the United States, and it often takes the counsel of an experienced attorney to bring negligent caregivers to justice. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Miami firm of Baron & Herskowitz are highly experienced in this area, and we are dedicated to helping families of nursing home residents suffering from improper care hold all responsible parties accountable and ensure that their loved ones get the very best care into the future. If you believe that your loved one who lives in a nursing home has received negligent or improper care, we encourage you to take immediate action by contacting us so that we employ the full extent of our knowledge, experience, and resources to support you in every way possible.
Signs of Improper Care in a Nursing Home
If your loved one is in a nursing home or another type of care facility, it is very important that you are aware of the potential signs of improper care or abuse of nursing home residents, which may include:
- Emotional withdrawal or agitation
- Rapid weight loss
- Hesitance to speak when a staff member is present
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, or wounds
- Desire to be isolated
- Unclean or unsanitary conditions
- Changes in behavior or personality
What are some Causes of Improper Nursing Home Care?
Clearly, improper care for nursing home residents is inexcusable. However, it is sometimes helpful for residents and families to understand potential factors that may contribute to negligence or poor nursing home care, in part because this knowledge can help them be more aware of potential problems.
Many experts believe that the rapid increase in the number of Americans living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities may be one reason that improper care in nursing homes seems to be becoming more prevalent. It is often difficult for these facilities to find enough well-trained staff members to ensure the best care for residents, and nursing homes have a high rate of employment turnover. The constant influx of new employees can make it difficult for nursing homes to ensure adequate training and supervision for staff members. Additionally, relatively low wages can also leave nursing homes hard-pressed to find highly qualified caregivers.
The fact that American nursing homes are chronically understaffed means that many employees are forced to work long hours at a job that naturally carries high levels of stress and responsibility. This often leads to nursing home employee burnout, which may cause aids to be impatient with residents. Because many nursing home employees feel over-worked and over-stressed, it can be difficult for them to maintain the routines and schedules for feeding, hygiene, and distribution of medications that are so essential for residents’ physical and emotional well-being.
Legal Support after Improper Nursing Home Care
The nursing home abuse and negligence lawyers at the Miami firm of Baron & Herskowitz have helped a number of families achieve justice after their loved ones suffered from improper care or negligence in a nursing home or assisted living environment. We understand that family members of ill-treated nursing home residents can feel a violation of trust, anger, guilt, and a range of other emotions when they find that their loved ones are not being properly cared for, and we are dedicated to helping ensure that these and all families feel confident that their elderly and disabled loved ones are getting the very best care. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from improper care in a nursing home, we can help you investigate the situation and take swift action if any negligence is found. To learn more about plaintiffs’ rights in nursing home abuse lawsuits, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced and compassionate member of our team.