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Nursing home staffing conditions and elder abuse

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2016 | Nursing Home Neglect |

The people who are providing care to your loved one in an Alabama nursing home should be ensuring his or her well-being. News reports across the nation indicate that quality care is not provided in many facilities. There are studies that attempt to pinpoint why abuse occurs, though, and these may offer you some warning signs to identify bad conditions before a resident is injured. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we understand that nursing homes should be held accountable for conditions that lead to abuse.

The Direct Care Alliance reports that it may be possible to predict and prevent abuse if you are aware of the circumstances that might cause staff to neglect or abuse a resident, and one of the primary factors is stress. This may arise because of personal issues in a caregiver’s life, but all too often, it is caused by conditions at the facility. For example, if there are not enough workers to cover all the shifts, staff may be forced to work overtime, which may lead to both physical and emotional strain.

Your loved one may be at risk if the direct care staff are not trained to deal with difficulties such as dementia, incontinence and immobility that are often a part of aging. The mandatory training for facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding lasts less than two weeks, and often the nurse managers who oversee direct care staff are not trained in management techniques. Being ill-equipped to deal with the complications that arise may cause workers to react the wrong way, leading to a nursing home injury. For more information about nursing home abuse and neglect, please visit our web page.

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