For many families, nursing homes are an invaluable asset. We sleep a little easier at night knowing that trained staff are ensuring loved ones’ end of lives are as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always provide the level of care our loved ones deserve. Nursing home abuse is shockingly common. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is important you know how to spot the signs of elder abuse—and your personal injury legal options if it is happening.
As our parents and loved ones age, it can be nerve wracking enough trying to make decisions about how best to care for them without having to worry that their hired care providers will abuse or neglect them. Especially for our aging friends and family who are suffering from conditions that reduce their abilities to understand what is happening and/or communicate what has happened, if loved ones are best served living in out-of-home care facilities it is important to know what “red flags” to watch out for, and what to do if you see them.
Receiving compassionate and quality care is important to people as they grow older. Many turn to nursing homes as a way to receive quality care, but the standards of nursing homes can vary widely.
California has approximately 110,000 people living in around 1,300 licensed nursing homes, according to the California Department of Justice. California is also projected to have one of the largest growth rates in the elderly population by 2025.
However, authorities reported in 2009 that 13% of all complaints reported to the California Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman were relating to the elder abuse or neglect.
How are changes in federal regulations making nursing home residents less vulnerable?
Nursing home neglect is all too common. The fact that millions of elderly dependent adults may be unknowingly signing away their constitutional rights to have their grievances settled by a civil jury has made the situation even more dire. A recent rule, however, being enforced by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has given a bit more protection to nursing home residents. This new regulation is an effort to prevent patients from unwittingly signing documents that force them to submit any grievances they have regarding their care to be settled by binding arbitration since binding arbitration is known to be a process that favors businesses over consumers.