We’re all getting older. As Texas adults age, they watch their beloved parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other adults get older as well. When an elderly loved one needs more focused, professional care than a family member can provide at home, the help of a nursing home may be required.
Nursing homes have a duty to give their residents proper care to meet their needs. When a nursing home fails to provide this care – or worse, causes deliberate harm – serious injuries can result.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), many families miss the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect simply through lack of knowledge about what the signs look like. However, data from state adult protective services offices indicate that more people are spotting and reporting cases, which experienced Texas nursing home neglect lawyers take as a promising sign.
Studies of elder abuse conducted by the NCEA found that 3.2 million Americans currently reside in nursing homes. A 2000 study that interviewed 2,000 nursing home residents found that 44 percent of them reported abuse and 95 percent reported being neglected or seeing another resident’s needs neglected.
In 2008, a study by the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) found that 70 percent of state surveys of nursing homes missed at least one deficiency in care, and 15 percent of state surveys missed a case of actual harm that caused immediate jeopardy to a resident’s health. Abuse is more likely when a resident is older or has significant disabilities.
To help protect the ones you love, learn the signs of elder abuse. Visit your loved one frequently, and stay alert for signs of neglect or poor treatment in the nursing home. Notice both how your own loved one is doing and how the other residents are treated. And don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you suspect abuse or neglect.