As trial lawyers, we see the results of profits over people with every new client. Profit considerations by nursing homes lead to low staff ratios of registered nurses and CNAs which leads to fewer nurses and care givers for venerable patients.
These policies lead to neglect which manifests itself in:
- PRESSURE SORES;
- INFECTIOUS DISEASES;
- IMPROPER USE OF NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATIONS OR OTHER DRUGS TO OVER-MEDICATE THE PATIENTS SO IT IS EASIER FOR LESS STAFF MEMBERS TO DEAL MORE PATIENTS.
The centers for Medicare and Medicaid implement policies to prevent many of these conditions from occurring. However, many for-profit nursing homes simply ignore – or fail to implement – these policies and procedures. Let our team of nursing home lawyers review your case if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect. The National Pressure Advisory Board reports that staffing is an important issue regarding the development of bed sores. Learn about staffing levels at the facility caring for your loved one. Many larger for-profit nursing homes fail to adequately staff to prevent residents from getting proper nutrition which leads to malnourishment and dehydration. Many times understaffing leads to trays being placed in front of patients without adequate staff to make sure all vulnerable residents are getting the nutrition they need.
Numerous health studies highlight the importance of understanding residents’ needs and providing care which meets those needs. Studies show that many patients need nutritional supplements, and that the supplements need to be started at the appropriate time. Unfortunately, because of profit concerns over the concerns of our patients, many of our vulnerable members of society are left to suffer because too few care givers are available to assist in feeding and caring for these individuals.
Infectious diseases are often a problem at for-profit nursing homes due to failure to implement procedures to identify problems and prevent these sometimes deadly diseases from occurring. Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, is a potentially deadly infectious diarrhea caused from overuse of antibiotics and spread because of unclean conditions and untrained staff. Its flu-like symptoms can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated properly. It also can spread like wildfire throughout the nursing home units if not properly identified.
Falls are a common problem in for-profit nursing homes because of inadequate care plans and low staffing. At-risk individuals need to be properly assessed for falls, and once the assessment is done, recommendations are followed. However, if the only concern is profit – instead of people – these needs are not met. Many times, the frail and elderly sustain serious injuries as a result of falls occurring because of low staffing at for-profit nursing homes.
Assaults and attacks on residents can occur because for-profit nursing chains fail to do proper background checks on employees – or fail to monitor, or discipline, or fire problem employees. If proper background checks are not done, assaults, physical and emotional abuse, and/or, horribly sometimes, sexual abuse occurs. If you suspect that your loved one is at risk, give us a call and let us look into it.
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