“There are many reasons that elderly residents in facilities suffer nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Nursing home workers are too often low-paid, overworked, and poorly trained. Sometimes the problem occurs when a nursing home owner tries to cut corners by skimping on staff or training. But, sometimes the worst cases of nursing home abuse and neglect happen at facilities that on the outside seem clean, professional, and well run. Often, management is aware that a problem exists.
“The other problem is that some elderly people are either unable or in some cases unwilling to complain. This was the generation that was raised during the Great Depression and came of age during the Second World War; they were often taught to “suck it up” and deal with it. This doesn’t mean that they have to or should.
“There are certain visible signs that your elderly parent or relative is a victim of nursing home abuse – but such abuse and neglect is not always physical. It can take the form of verbal intimidation or forced isolation, and that is equally unacceptable.” Reference: http://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.org/signs-of-abuse/
- Nursing Home Complaint Center Calls Elder Abuse & Neglect in US Nursing Homes Out of Control and Wants to Hear From Victims (prweb.com)
- Hundreds of adult homes conceal abuse, neglect (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Lawyers blame nursing home for bedsores (mysanantonio.com)