Does Your Elder Care Facility Do a Good Job?
Elder neglect and elder abuse is everyone’s concern. For most of us, the seniors in our lives are among our most loved and cherished individuals. Unfortunately, as they get older and their health deteriorates, we are not always able to provide the level of care that they require. When this happens we look for the best nursing home, or other care facility, where they will be comfortable, well taken care of, and closely monitored by professionals. While this should, and usually does, mean a better quality of care, that is not always the case.
Statistics show that almost one third of all nursing homes and elder care facilities have received complaints of elder neglect or abuse. What is even more alarming is that many cases of abuse go unreported altogether. We place our elderly in these facilities to address their needs and protect them, yet this doesn’t prevent thousands of injuries and deaths each year as a direct result of abuse and neglect.
What Exactly Constitutes Elder Neglect or Abuse?
Abuse may be the result of physical harm, such as in cuts, bruises, burns or broken bones. But it can also be due to elder neglect, such as dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, unexplained infections, and a variety of other physical, mental, and emotional indignities.
Abuse can take place without leaving physical evidence. Patients may be mentally and emotionally abused, resulting in fear, anxiety, depression, and a host of other emotional disturbances. As a result, they can suffer from insomnia, or may refuse to eat or take medications. An abused elder may even fear the repercussions from certain facility personnel if they inform anyone of their situation.
Abuse Is Not Necessarily Deliberate
Not all abuse cases are intentional. Some result from understaffed facilities. Another common problem is that many facilities do not always pay well, and the quality of staff they are able to hire for the wage offered is not the best. Some of these individuals are not properly trained for the tasks required of them. The needs of the facility, and more importantly the seniors in its care, therefore go unfulfilled.
This can never excuse elder neglect or abuse, but it does sometimes explain why some elderly are not receiving the quality of care that they need and deserve. Sometimes their voices are not heard. Sometimes the neglect is covered up and forgotten. The responsibility falls on the rest of us to be advocates for the elderly. We have to be the voice that some of them no longer have. We owe it to them to watch for and correct these situations when we find them. We have to be willing to take action when no one else can or will.
Be a Voice for the Voiceless
If someone you know is a victim of elder neglect or abuse in a nursing home or care facility, you need to see to it that they are protected. If you’re unable or unwilling to confront the situation, contact state or federal officials, or an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in this field. Help protect these individuals so they can spend the reminder of their lives being properly cared for in a manner they have earned.
For Additional Information:
- California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
- Center on Elder Abuse
- Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Let Robert Mandell Help You Evaluate Your Claim
Robert Mandell is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney, and lead litigator at The Mandell Law Firm in Woodland Hills. He is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury law, including elder neglect and abuse. Call him for a free evaluation of your claim. It’s important to work with a personal injury attorney who has demonstrated a determination to fight for his clients. Robert Mandell and the team at Mandell Law will fight to protect your rights. To arrange a free consultation, contact Robert Mandell at The Mandell Law Firm in Woodland Hills. 818.886.6600.