What Causes Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | February 27th, 2018

Nursing homes are supposed to provide quality comfort and care for elderly adults and people with special needs. But for some nursing home residents in the mid-state area, they’re dangerous facilities that can lead to malnutrition, infections, and even physical abuse.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers know how shocking it is when families find out that their loved ones were abused or neglected while living in nursing facilities. Many nursing homes are extremely expensive, and it can be difficult for residents to be admitted or allowed to move in.

Unfortunately, even some of the best and most exclusive nursing homes aren’t immune to cases of neglect and abuse. The causes of nursing home abuse can vary by facility, but they often fall under two common scenarios:

  • Understaffing – Nursing homes require a small army of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and support staff to keep residents healthy and happy. When nursing homes face staff shortages, whether intentionally or unintentionally, patient care suffers, increasing the risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Inexperience and poor training – Nursing home staff should be well-trained and experienced before they’re put in charge of patient care. That doesn’t always happen, and sometimes residents are cared for by staff members who aren’t qualified or trained for the roles they’re assigned to.

Don’t delay if you have reason to believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. Call our legal team today for a free consultation to discuss the best options for your loved one and your family.