Nothing is more important than the well-being your loved ones. Thousands in southern California entrust the care of their elderly older relatives to nursing homes, and most of the more than 1,200 nursing homes in this state are superior, professional facilities. Sometimes, however, a beloved elderly relative may be mistreated or even abused in a nursing home. If you suspect that an elderly relative is suffering mistreatment or abuse at a treating home facility in Los Angeles, Pasadena, or anywhere else in southern California, take your concerns as quickly as possible to an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney.
Much nursing home abuse is – at least partially – a consequence of understaffing or inadequate personnel training. Nursing homes have the right to make profits, but putting profits above the safety and well-being of residents through understaffing or undertraining can never be tolerated. Unfortunately, however, neglect and abuse is increasing rather than declining in nursing homes across the nation. While the news media picks up only on the most sensational stories, the fact is that 36 percent of the nursing homes in the United States have been cited for violations, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Nursing home abuse includes:
- dehydration and malnutrition of residents
- failure to monitor residents adequately
- emotional or physical abuse of residents
- malpractice and negligence
The signs of treating-home abuse may include bed sores, ulcers, cuts, bruises, sudden mood swings or depression and withdrawal, a coma, or an unexpected medical emergency or sudden death. If you discover any of these indications, or if you suspect your beloved elderly relative may be suffering mistreatment or abuse in a southern California nursing home, you must take appropriate action as quickly as possible and contact an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney who will fight for your family’s rights. Don’t wait another minute to make the call if you believe a loved one is at risk.