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The Potential Dangers of Nursing Homes

By on August 13, 2009


In today's fast-paced world, many families are unable to care for their elderly relatives in their home, especially those who need constant supervision or specialized care.When you place your parents or grandparents in a nursing home, you have a right to expect that they will be cared for as you would care for them. The medical malpractice attorneys of patientinjury.com help families hold nursing homes accountable for their actions. Nursing Home Abuse In Utah and around the country, nursing home abuse is a serious crime. The attorneys at patientinjury.com hold nursing homes accountable for the abuse of residents in their care. Abuse can consist of:

  • Hitting
  • Neglect which results in a physical injury
  • Rough handling
  • Degrading language
  • Refusing to help a resident to the restroom
  • Disrespect
  • Unauthorized use of physical or chemical restraints
  • Withholding of food or water for any reason other than medical necessity

Anything that violates your loved one's rights as a nursing home resident or as a human being qualifies as abuse. If you believe that your relative is suffering nursing home abuse, contact our lawyers for assistance today. Nursing Home Theft As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid storing anything valuable in the nursing home with your loved one, particularly if your loved one has a tendency to become confused. Unfortunately, because so many staff members have access to your loved one's room, it's often difficult to pinpoint the person responsible in the event that something is stolen, but the nursing home may still be held accountable. Nursing Home Medication Errors Many nursing home medication errors are caused by understaffing conditions on the part of the nursing home. When employees are forced to work long hours taking care of too many residents at a time, medication errors can result. Because elderly people metabolize medication differently than younger individuals, medication errors can be particularly dangerous, and can have fatal or devastating long-term health effects. Nursing Home Neglect The nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm understand that nursing home neglect is a serious issue, and nursing homes should be held accountable for the mistreatment of their residents. Nursing home neglect may result from understaffing, and from a nursing home's hiring practices. Neglect can result in insufficient hydration, poor nutrition, poor hygiene, unsanitary conditions, and depression, all of which can be detrimental to the health and well-being of your loved one. Contact Our Utah Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Lawyers If you feel that your loved one has been mistreated in any way, contact the attorneys of patientinjury.com in Salt Lake City to speak with our nursing home abuse and negligence lawyers.

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