Nursing Home Neglect

Attorneys help victims of nursing home neglect in Los Angeles and Ventura

Nursing home neglect has been a concern for the past 40 years, and as the baby boomers come of age, the concern grows larger. Nettesheim Law cares about seeing the elderly treated with dignity.  The firm devotes much of the practice to protecting the rights of those who are victims of nursing home neglect in Los Angeles and Ventura, CA.

Growing problems with nursing home neglect

In October 2009, Medical News Today reported that federal centers for Medicaid and Medicare announced estimated adjustment rate cuts of $16 billion in nursing home funding over the next ten years. Because the majority of the nursing home industry is funded by Medicare and Medicaid, such cuts can result in worker layoffs, reduced services, and closed facilities. A product of the recent economic recession, reduced funding presents a significant challenge as the largest segment of the U.S. population leaves the work force, with many baby boomers in need nursing home care. This perfect storm of supply failing to meet demand spells potential disaster for seniors, forecasting that elder care is one area that may bear the brunt of the nation’s economic squeeze.

Underlying reasons for nursing home neglect

Common causes for substandard care that lead to neglect in the nursing home industry include:

  • Provider failure to adequately staff the facility
  • Untrained staff
  • Unqualified staff
  • Lack of funding for staffing
  • Poor hiring practices

Poor hiring practices that allow unqualified personnel to work in nursing homes, such as people with criminal backgrounds, put the elderly at risk.

Understaffing, where one staff person is caring for numerous residents, is an example of neglect. With such a basic lack of attention, seniors simply cannot receive adequate care for their day-to-day needs such as assistance with walking, eating, dressing, toileting, and other daily activities. When neglect occurs, residents may suffer from:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bedsores (also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers)
  • Falls
  • Broken bones
  • Hip fractures
  • Weight loss
  • Disease
  • Poor hygiene

Get legal help from a nursing home neglect lawyer in Los Angeles or Ventura

If you or your loved one suspects neglect or abuse, a nursing home neglect lawyer in Ventura or Los Angeles can help you evaluate the standard of nursing home or long-term care. Contact a Los Angeles nursing home attorney at Nettesheim Law today for a free consultation by calling us at 805-804-5315 or using our online contact form.

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