A report this past year, prepared by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the U.S. House Government Reform Committee, found that thirty percent of nursing homes in America were cited for almost 9000 instances of abuse over a two year period. This percentage involved 5,283 facilities.
Typical issues included preventable accidents, bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, and inadequate medical care and sanitation. Sixteen hundred of the cases were serious enough that they placed the resident in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.
It is no surprise then that another report of shocking abuse was reported out of a Long Inland, NY nursing home just this past week. The families of two Korean War veterans claim that the lack of basic care causes their loved ones to suffer tragic deaths last year. One individual died from a septic infection caused by untreated bedsores which left large gaping holes in the resident’s skin and ultimately attacked the individual’s respiratory system. The other resident accidently hung himself while trying to wiggle out of a wheel chair restraint while left unsupervised for almost an hour. The patient’s plan required staff to monitor him every fifteen minutes.
Although clearly there are many dedicated nursing home operators, it is unconscionable that large numbers of this intolerable abuse and neglect in many nursing homes continues to exist unabated.
If you have a loved one who you think may be being mistreated or is negligently cared for in a nursing home, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation regarding your legal remedies.