According to ABC News, a study conducted by Democrats and independents in the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee revealed that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States reported abuse between 1999-2001. This equated to 5,283 facilities and 9,000 instances of abuse. Of these 9,000 cases, 1,601 of them resulted in life threatening or serious injuries.
The report’s most common problems include untreated bedsores, insufficient medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. A Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyer could argue that physical abuse in nursing homes is very much so common and dangerous.
Kelley Queale, director of communications for the California Association of Health Facilities, says that not all cases reported have to do with workers personally abusing the residents, and that some injuries occur because of fights between two residents. This, however, still is the fault of the caretakers. It is their job to make sure that the nursing home patients are kept safe, even if that means from each other.
The federal government is the biggest contributor to nursing homes, mostly because of the Medicaid they provide to the elderly. The United States Department of Health and Human Services requires states to inspect nursing homes and investigate all abuse complaints. Even with a government watch, nursing homes continue to be filled with abuse. This could be attributed to the lack of quality in the state’s investigation or the management of the nursing homes’ loose requirements for employment.
The Sampson Law Firm says on its website that if a family has to make the difficult decision to put their loved one in the care of a nursing home, that family deserves the right to expect that they will be in good hands. Unfortunately, the trend of nursing home abuse prevents families from receiving this reassurance.Read More