Epidemic of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 94% of nursing homes in America have received citations for violations of federal standards of care. Despite this, Consumer Reports says state regulators only fine about 50% of the time they’re found to provide this substandard care. As a result of poor care, unsupervised residents fall and sustain life-threatening and sometimes fatal injuries. Patients develop bedsores caused by patients being left in one position too long. Sometimes these sores, caused by unrelieved pressure from mattresses or wheelchair seats cutting off blood supply to bony prominences like heels, tailbones, and hips, penetrate all the way to the bone and become infected and fatal. Patients suffer from malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration and kidney failure.

 

Why are these results so common in nursing homes? Are senior citizens doomed to starve, suffer broken bones in falls, and become riddled with bedsores at the end of their lives in nursing homes? Are these tragedies just unavoidable consequences of getting old? Of course not. Understaffed nursing homes driven by the motivation to make enormous profits from Medicare and Medicaid dollars, your taxes, make such neglect and abuse all too common. If wealthy operators were satisfied with a little less profit, they could hire enough staff to minimize this neglect, and our parents and grandparents wouldn’t be neglected in a whopping 94% of these nursing homes.

If a loved one has been injured or worse in a nursing home, call CGWC for a free consultation about your legal rights.