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Nursing Home Abuse
Making the decision to place someone you love in a nursing home can be extremely difficult. The concern that someone will harm the person you love intentionally can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are numerous regulations that are created specifically to protect those in nursing homes from all kinds of abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, the laws that are designed to protect your loved ones are not always obeyed, and a multitude of elderly people continue to be victims of both physical, emotional, and mental abuse.
CBS News recently reported the findings of an elder/nursing home advocacy group called Families for Better Care. The group shockingly found that eleven U.S. States were receiving failing grades for protecting nursing home patients and the elderly from violence.
Out of all the nursing homes in the country, Families for Better Care concluded that one in five homes were found guilty for neglect and elder abuse. They also made a direct correlation between nursing homes that were understaffed had significantly higher abuse and neglect rates.
It is true that cases of neglect and abuse are typically the exception to the rule, but it does clearly happen in many states all across the country. Although we hope the nursing homes do their due diligence while performing background checks and appropriate research when hiring, but this is not always the case.
If you believe your loved one may be suffering due to neglect or abuse, our firm can investigate the situation and help you determine what actions will need to be taken and make suggestions on alternative care. Contact Caputo and Mariotti today to set up your free consultation.