When an elderly loved one is placed in a nursing home, a bond of trust exists between the person whose loved one is receiving care and the institution providing the care. This bond of trust is sometimes broken.
Nursing home neglect can lead to fear, discomfort, injury or even death. When looking for the nursing home that is right for your loved one, it is imperative to get the proper assurance from the care providers that your loved one will be safe and respected.
In February, 2011 neglect at a Santa Monica nursing home lead to the choking death of a resident. Sadly, many similar cases exist. The best elder abuse attorney Los Angeles can provide justice, however nothing can replace the loss of a loved one.
Two common causes of nursing home neglect include stress and lack of education.
Stress can cause caregivers to lash out emotionally, verbally and physically. Familiarize yourself with the working conditions of the facility. Are employees given adequate time off? How are their working conditions? Ask nurses and aides how they feel about the facility and if they have the resources they need to properly administer care. Care-giving is stressful – you want to be assured that the nursing home is doing everything it can to relieve employee stress.
Lack of Education
While some neglect is intentional, much may be accidental and the result of a lack of education or improper training. Ask detailed questions of the facility managers to ensure that all employees, including orderlies and assistants, have received proper training and take advantage of continuing education opportunities.