Records from the American Association for Justice show that 90% of nursing home facilities in the U.S. do not have enough number of qualified nurses and staff needed to ensure provision of sufficient, quality care required by residents, who are elders, usually those aged 65 and above, people who are ill and in need of rehabilitative therapy, physically or mentally incapacitated individuals, and those in need of extra care, such as patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If this is a factual case, then this will be great injustice against residents, who have been accepted and promised round-the-clock medical care and assistance even in the performance of the most basic daily tasks, which include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and so forth.
In May 2014 the total number of certified nursing home facilities in the U.S. was just a little above 15,000, while the number of residents was about 1.5 million. Despite the existence of thousands of nursing homes all across the nation, many are hesitant to send a member of their family to one due to news of widespread cases of neglect and abuse which cause in residents physical injuries, humiliation, emotional trauma, self-pity, hatred, despair, etc.
Nursing homes guarantee provision of the highest level of care for older Americans. Now, with fees ranging between $3,000 and $10,000 a month (this depends on the type of facility, the services required, cost of labor), it is only necessary that these facilities provide what they promise.
Beneath the friendly and warm welcome to arriving residents (who are accompanied by their family), though, is just the beginning of what could be a traumatic and painful experience: a fact, by the way, in many nursing homes where emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuses and many other forms of acts of neglect and abuse are committed by the employees themselves or by the victim’s co-residents, but who are only coerced by, again, the employees.
Some examples of acts of neglect that residents are made to suffer include non-provision of hygienic care, delay in treating or non-treatment bedsores, failure to provide needed medical care or attention, being denied of food and or drinking water, delay in providing needed assistance, and so forth.
Many residents, despite the pains they go through, decide to remain silent; thus, it is important that family member become sensitive to changes in their loved one’s behavior and physical features. Acts of negligence in a nursing home often result to bedsores and pressure ulcers, injuries from slip and falls, sudden weight loss, emotional withdrawal by the elder, unusual changes in behavior, dehydration, malnutrition, changes in personal hygiene, and lack of friendly interaction with nursing home staff or residents.