When you make the difficult decision to place the care of someone you love into the hands of a nursing home or other residential care facility, you expect that employees of that establishment to administer quality care and to treat all residents with respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in New Jersey and throughout the United States. All too often, nursing home employees take advantage of their very vulnerable patients. In a recent case, a nursing home worker has been charged with abusing an elderly woman who is bound to a wheelchair.
According to reports, the employee, a nurses’ aide, allegedly kicked the 80-year-old patient in front of a number of people. Prosecutors also say the employee made a dementia patient bleed when she pulled the patient’s hair.
The nursing home released a statement in response to the case, saying it has stringent rules against the cruelty toward residents. According to the release, the nursing home notified authorities of the abuse and took necessary measures to protect the residents.
This case is a sad reminder of a serious problem that occurs in multiple nursing homes. Nursing home abuse can have serious consequences for the victim. Often nursing home residents are in very fragile states. Physical abuse can cause serious injuries or even death.
Discovering that a loved one has been mistreated by the very people who promised to take care of him or her can be an overwhelming experience. Many people feel that the abuser should be held accountable for his or her actions. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance regarding nursing home abuse or other aspects of elder law, contact the best Wisconsin Medicaid planning lawyers.