The caretakers and staff at nursing facilities have a legal obligation to provide residents with a reasonable standard of care. This can include administering or obtaining any medical treatment that patients may require, providing adequate meals, and keeping patients and their living quarters clean, among other things. If the required care is not provided and it results in the injury or death of a resident, the nursing home owner, as well as the nursing home employees, may be held criminally or civilly liable.
With this week being National Nursing Home Week, many throughout Alabama, and the rest of the U.S., are celebrating nursing care facilities, their employees and their residents. While it is important to recognize the excellent care and support that most nursing homes provide, it is also important to raise awareness about the problem of nursing home neglect. Unfortunately, there are situations when those who are charged with caring for an incapacitated or elderly person may not provide a reasonable standard of care. In these cases, it can result in personal injury, permanent disability or death.
With an aging population, the need to protect and care for our elderly citizens is paramount. In Alabama and throughout the country, however, too many reports of nursing home abuse or neglect are frequently heard. These can range from a fall that should have been prevented, untreated bedsores, failure to provide a reasonable standard of care and more. Personal injury and even death can result, leaving victims and family members in anguish.