While nursing homes certainly have many concerns when it comes to the care of their residents, none is more alarming or gets reported more often than concerns over elderly abuse. It’s estimated that around five percent of facility residents have been subjected to some form of mistreatment or abuse while maintaining residency in a nursing home or other living facility.
Owners need to be aware of such conditions and address any mistreatment that occurs since they will ultimately be made accountable and need adequate nursing home insurance coverage to deal with any pending litigation. Families who have reason to believe that abuse has occurred to a loved one will often seek retribution in a courtroom.
A serious issue that often goes unreported
The fact is that many incidents of abuse are either undiscovered or go unreported. Some of the reasons why this is true are due to embarrassment or fear of reporting by those who have been subjected to abuse. The frailty of the victim and the lack of physical means to report the abuse, such as having a disability or lack of access to a telephone are both contributing factors.
Victims often fear that reporting the crime will result in further attacks by the caregiver or nurse responsible for the assault, and they also fear that by reporting abuse they will be left alone leaving them to believe that they are now expected to care for themselves. Because of their fragile state of mind, they are good targets for predators, and their own self-consciousness, in turn, makes them unwilling accomplices.
Evidence suggests that in many cases the staff in nursing homes do not have adequate training to deal with residence and their constant needs. This can result in a failure to provide sufficient care to residents, improperly dispense medications, and fail to follow admission and discharge policies required by state regulators. In cases where residents have dementia, more aggressive incidents of mistreatment by staff have been reported.
This is a problem that is a concern for families, owners, and staff, and needs to be addressed properly and immediately. More stringent supervision may help resolve some issues, but when neglect and abuse are concerns, nursing home insurance coverage for abuse issues is an important policy that your client should be carrying at all times.