Because of our busy schedules today, sometimes older people have little choice but to move into a nursing home or assisted-living facility.
When we take our loved ones to one of these facilities, we assume they will receive proper care, attention and protection that they wouldn't have if they lived alone.
Because the state of California is having budget problems, many nursing homes are staffed by people who are poorly qualified, insufficiently trained or simply overworked. Even worse, some have not been properly screened for this type of employment.
The results - residents fall prey to sub-standard care. Some suffer neglect, physical and/or emotional abuse - pushing these elderly victims into a state of fear and hopelessness. This is not proper care, but may be the best they can afford. However, elderly people have rights.
You, as a family member or good friend, must be aware of signs of neglect when visiting. Look for:
- Bed sores
- Unsanitary conditions - soiled clothing and linens
- Weight loss
- Bruises, broken bones, other injuries
- Medication errors
- Disappearance of personal possessions or money
- Sudden changes in communication - withdrawn, fearful
Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have obligations to fulfill. Most make an effort to provide quality care and attention, but some face obstacles such as shortage of qualified responsible staff.
If you suspect your loved one is being victimized, neglected or abused, contact a San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who has been successful in handling elder abuse cases.
Contact the Law Offices of Peach & Weathers and speak to an attorney who is dedicated to protecting individual rights. Our elderly people deserve respect, compassion and effective care. Their health and well-being may depend on immediate action.