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How to Prevent Nursing Home Neglect Before It Happens

Posted on December 23, 2010 to

A Greene County nursing home fate is being decided after a judge ordered that the trial move forward. Initially, the nursing home tried in vain to have the case dismissed. In the lawsuit, the nursing home is accused of several violations resulting in nursing home neglect. In all, over 84 cases of abuse and neglect happened at the nursing home in a one-year span. The accusations ranged from employees failing to give CPR to a patient because they were asleep, causing the patient to die. Other allegations include failure of the staff to give the residents the proper medication and falsifying medical records. If you are a victim of abuse at a care facility, contact an experienced Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia nursing home abuse attorney.

Steps to Prevent Nursing Home Neglect From Happening

Nursing home neglect has been steadily rising throughout the years. Today, there are thousands of elderly nursing home residents. Nursing homes must adhere to strict rules when supervising elderly residents. An experienced Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer can answer questions about what the rules consists. The best way to prevent neglect happens before the elderly individual is admitted in a nursing home. However, there are steps you can take including:

  1. Research the Nursing Home Prior to Admission – The power of the Internet can be used to narrow down a list of potential nursing homes. Find sites that give information about the establishment including records of past lawsuits.
  2. Visit Nursing Homes – Observe the potential nursing home exterior and interior. Visit some of the residents’ rooms. Talk with some of the residents and their relatives to gain a feel for the nursing home. Pay attention to the staff to see if they are focused in their job duty to care and supervise the residents
  3. Check for References – Ask other residents and their relatives how they feel about the nursing home. Ask for information about the staff-to-patient ratio and how many residents the nursing home has. It also a good idea to check the latest inspection report to make sure the facility is kept clean and practice good operational procedures

Admitting a loved one into a nursing home can be stressful. However, a qualified Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer can assist you if you need help with nursing home neglect cases.