It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
I admit that I had a few choice words when I viewed the WRAL video that caught Raleigh nursing home “caregivers” abusing a defenseless stroke patient.
This video needs no explanation. The actions it portrays can’t be “justified.” If I hadn’t been practicing law and developed a strong belief that most people are fundamentally good and well intentioned, this video may have put me over the edge.
Click here to view it. Fair warning: You may find the actions extremely disturbing.
30% of Nursing Homes Cited for Abuse
Nursing home abuse is real. So is neglect.
Reports of serious, physical, sexual, and verbal abuse are widespread among the nation’s nursing homes, according to a two-year congressional study. The study found that 30% of nursing homes in the United States, more than 5,000 facilities, were cited for nearly 9,000 instances of abuse during that time.
Worse, much of the abuse and neglect often go under reported because some patients are too frightened of repercussions and live in fear of retaliation from staff, management, even other patients. In one case, the report noted, attendants bribed a brain-damaged patient with cigarettes to attack another resident, then watched the two fight.
A National Institutes of Health report entitled Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America, quotes a certified nursing assistant justifying abuse:
“Oh, yeah. I've seen abuse. Things like rough handling, pinching, pulling too hard on a resident to make them do what you want. Slapping, that too. People get so tired, working mandatory overtime, short-staffed. It's not an excuse, but it makes it so hard for them to respond right.”
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Some well-meaning loved ones may not recognize signs of abuse. We urge you – if you have a parent or loved one in a nursing home or with a caregiver, please take note of the following signs of potential neglect to look for:
- Pressure sores – sometimes called bedsores
- Repeated falls
- Medication errors
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
Negligent Hiring of Nursing Home Staff
Nursing homes are obligated to hire qualified staff with the appropriate academic and other credentials for their particular position. Background checks are required and there should be no record of abuse or violence found in that background check. Yet, in many cases, we have discovered this has not always been the case.
Nursing Home Understaffing
Many nursing homes and senior care facilities are notoriously understaffed. They can potentially be liable if a resident suffers an injury or dies because of an inadequate number of caretakers to properly care for residents.
Inadequate Caregiver Training
Nursing homes and other senior care facilities can potentially be held accountable for injuries if their staff has not been provided proper training and a resident suffers an injury as a result.
Get a Free Case Evaluation from Experienced North Carolina Lawyers
If you feel your loved one has suffered elder abuse of any kind, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. Our North Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers can offer a free case evaluation for your unique circumstances.