Older adults are moving into nursing homes and other care facilities at an increased rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost two million people in our country now live in nursing homes. The unfortunate correlation is that an increasing number of older adults now suffer injury or abuse at the hands of the very persons charged with their care.
Often these injuries are caused by the negligence of the nursing home staff, but injuries and abuse also result from the deliberate actions of caregivers. Therefore, it is essential to not only be aware of the risks of negligence but also well informed of the signs, symptoms, and rights of those injured at the hands of the caregivers we entrust. Recognizing the signs can be heartbreaking, and even life-changing, but critical in protecting your loved ones.
Family members of nursing home residents and hospital patients need to know the different signs of hospital negligence and nursing home negligence. It is also important to know who is responsible for the neglect, and how to report cases if or when they arise.