Nursing Home Abuse Rises as Resident Populations Increase and Care Levels Decrease

Date: November 12, 2013

The decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, or assisted living facility is a challenge not unknown to most. More and more Americans struggling to care for elderly family members are turning to nursing homes to provide them with the support they need. As of 2007, there were more than 1.4 million Americans living in U.S. nursing homes. The exponential growth rate of the United States geriatric population has left nursing home facilities struggling to keep up with the demand for their services. According to the American Association for Justice, 90% of nursing homes in the U.S. had staffing levels too low to provide adequate care. As a result, elderly patients are suffering the consequences.

Don’t let your loved one become part of the statistic. Far too often we are led to believe that the people we’re intrusting to take care of our loved ones are providing adequate care. Consequentiality it is easy to turn a blind eye to the mistreatment that is actually taking place. Protect your elders from nursing home abuse by knowing what to look for. Be aware of the different types of abuse specific to that of nursing homes such as: sexual abuse, neglect, malnourishment, and improper administration of medication. It is also important to know the warning signs of nursing home abuse such as: poor hygiene, bed sores, falls, weight loss, and staff inattention. Keeping open communication with your loved one is also essential so that he or she can inform you of any mistreatment. Together, these suggestions can help you prevent your loved from falling victim to nursing home abuse.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has been a victim of nursing home abuse or mistreatment don’t wait to take action. You have rights; there is no reason to tolerate such despicable behavior. Call an attorney today.

Attorney Sean McDonough has been a partner with Dougherty, Leventhal and Price for over twenty years. He specializes in personal injury cases, emphasizing, nursing home abuse cases. His experience with nursing home abuse cases provided him the opportunity to present expert witness testimony in a Congressional Hearing addressing the issue of sexual abuse in nursing homes in 2008. Allow Attorney McDonough to be a part of the solution. Don’t wait any longer call DLP today and schedule your meeting with Sean McDonough.

Sean McDonough
Upon graduation from law school, he entered the private practice of law with Dougherty, Leventhal & Price. He has been a partner with the firm since 1993. Over the years, Sean has concentrated his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation; he has also represented governmental entities and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits. Sean also works on many of DLP's Nursing Home Abuse cases.