Nursing Home Abuse in West Virginia
When we put our loved ones in the care of a nursing home, we fully expect they will receive the care and respect they need and deserve. Tragically, a look into the data of nursing home malpractice is sobering:
- In 2000, one study interviewing 2,000 nursing home residents reported that 44 percent said they had been abused and 95 percent said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected.
- A May 2008 study conducted by the U.S. General Accountability Office revealed that state surveys understate problems in licensed facilities: 70 percent of state surveys miss at least one deficiency and 15 percent of surveys miss actual harm and immediate jeopardy of a nursing home resident.*
The National Center on Elder Abuse says the situation poses serious difficulties because, “We simply do not know for certain how many people are suffering from elder abuse and neglect.”
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
When choosing a nursing home in West Virginia, it’s just as important to look for red flags as it is to look for positive attributes that you want in the nursing home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following:
Many things other than violence count as violations, such as incidents where residents are accidentally allowed to leave the property unsupervised. While just one violation may not be that big of a deal, repeated violations could show that the home is unsafe.
High Turnover Rates
The best nursing homes often have employees who stay for years. High turnover rates can mean staff are not as well trained or as well prepared, or it could mean that the home is a bad working – and living – environment.
Residents do need help and supervision, but they also have to have some independence. If they’re not given any freedom at all, it can feel more like a jail than an assisted living home.
In the end, always remember to trust your gut. If the place rubs you the wrong way and you feel uneasy for any reason, it’s probably a good reason. Don’t be afraid to look at many homes to find one where you feel your elderly loved ones will be happy and safe.
If you do have issues with the home or think elder abuse is happening, though, you need to know what legal options you have. Contact our attorneys today to help.
Sexual Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a decision that isn’t taken lightly. Anyone who makes that difficult choice is counting on the nursing home to properly care for their loved one. Sadly, that good care they are expecting doesn’t always come. In some cases, nursing home residents are subjected to sexual abuse.
The horrors of sexual abuse of the elderly aren’t anything that people like to think about. For people who have loved ones in a nursing home, watching out for symptoms of this abuse is vital because no nursing home resident should have to deal with sexual abuse. Instead, the resident should be able to live one’s remaining days in peace.
The signs of sexual abuse in nursing home residents vary greatly. You might notice that your loved one has injuries or bruises. You may notice that he or she just doesn’t seem to be acting in a normal manner. Difficulty sitting, difficulty walking, and pain are some other signs that your loved one has been sexually abused.
In some cases, the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease is the clue that your loved one was sexually abused. This might occur in conjunction with anal or genital irritation, bruising, or bleeding.
When your loved one is the victim of the atrocity known as sexual abuse, you should take steps to prevent further sexual abuse. You might also decide to explore the possibility of seeking compensation. While compensation won’t take away the pain of being sexually abused, it might help your loved one to get the care he or she needs to heal after the abuse.
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If a loved one has been injured in a nursing home, the situation can be confusing and immensely emotional. When the injury was sustained due to malpractice or abuse, the feeling of betrayal accompanies these already overwhelming emotions making the situation all the more difficult.
Because our team at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, has more than 50 years of combined experience working on complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases, there is no nursing home injury case for which we are not prepared. Our attorneys combine a personal and compassionate approach to counsel with an unrelenting dedication and comprehensive knowledge to work on issues, including:
- Bedsores, pressure sores
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Wandering and falls
- Medication injuries
While we understand that there is nothing we can do to take back an elder abuse injury, we are committed to obtaining justice and compensation our clients deserve while bolstering accountability among elder care facilities.
We have also compiled a great list of resources for the Charleston elderly community. You can check it out here.