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Can I trust my mother in a nursing home?

The use of nursing homes to care for our loved ones has grown significantly over the years. More than two million Americans live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

Each facility is required to provide an environment that is free from accident hazards. The facility must provide control and supervision to each resident to prevent avoidable accidents. An accident refers to any unexpected or unintentional incident which may result in injury or illness to a resident.

Unfortunately, so have nursing home accidents stemming from elder abuse and/or neglect. In recent news, several nursing homes have been penalized for lapses in care that contributed to the residents getting injured.

One example is when a cognitively impaired woman was found with multiple lacerations on her legs. Apparently, the woman obtained a razor from an unlocked room. In another situation, a resident who needed the assistance of two aides while showering did not get that care. He sustained a head laceration after falling in the shower - with only one aide present.

Statistics show that increasing rates of elder mistreatment are reported by not only family members, but also by medical professionals. Given the significant under reporting, an estimated five million older Americans may be victims of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation every year.

If you believe your loved one's fall and injuries was the result of insufficient care from a nursing home staff, contact a skilled San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney at the Law Offices of Peach & Weathers who is committed to improving the quality of resident care by holding the nursing home accountable for substandard care.

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