You are probably here because you suspect, or know for a fact, that an elderly loved one is being abused or neglected by the staff at their nursing home in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or anywhere else in Virginia. We are here to help.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a growing problem. With over 1.5 million elderly adults living in nursing homes throughout the United States, neglect or outright mistreatment of nursing home residents has become more prevalent because not all nursing homes are created equal.
Some nursing homes are established simply as a money-making tool for owners and they maximize profits by hiring unqualified and incompetent staff, operating in flimsy facilities and failing to address the needs of their clients (i.e. your elderly loved ones).
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. Here are just a few examples:
- Physical assault and/or sexual assault
- Bedsores / Pressure ulcers
- Involuntary physical restraint
- Preventable injuries such as falls
- Dehydration or malnutrition leading to dramatic weight loss
- Failure to provide adequate medical care
Many family members who suspect abuse is occurring simply bite their tongue because they don’t want to cause problems for their elderly loved one. Do not make this mistake. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, speak to an attorney to discuss the situation.
What To Do If Your Loved One is the Victim of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If it turns out your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact an attorney right away. A claim can be pursued in order to obtain damages and to ensure that the negligent and illegal practices at the facility are ceased. Documenting improper care at the nursing home is critical when bringing a claim. Nursing homes that accept federal money are subject to rules and regulations are by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and are enforced by the state in which the facility is located. The following regulations are applicable to elder care neglect claims:
- Virginia Department of Health, Division of Long Term Care
- Rights and Responsibilities of Patients in Nursing Facilities
- Reporting Neglect, Abuse, or Misappropriation at a Nursing Home
To learn about your nursing home facility and whether they have been cited for nursing home abuse in the past, take a look at this web site, http://www.memberofthefamily.net.