It is troubling the vast amount of news that is reported on nursing home abuse and neglect. A Laredo, Texas news story discusses a woman, Mary Arias, who was "shocked" by the treatment of her father, who currently resides in a nursing home. Her father is paralyzed on the left side of the body, which has drastically limited the actions he can take on his own. His limitations require him to rely on nurses at his nursing home to assist him in certain activities and take care of him. Mary Arias' father complained to her during one visit that he had wanted to rinse out his mouth and was told by the nurses to do it himself. Mary Arias, reported this incident and her father's treatment to Pro 8 News because she was and is concerned about the nurses' attitudes and lack of care and for the other residents who are the recipients of the same or similar treatment.
When a person and/or his or her family makes the tough decision to seek nursing home care, neglect and abuse should not be factors that are calculated in this decision. Today, however, nursing home abuse and neglect seem to be all too frequently occurring and, as such, must be factors at the forefront of the minds of those considering nursing home care. Mary Arias made a good point - if the nurses and/or staff do not want to work in a nursing home and do not want to help care for those in need, then they should not be in the business of caring for those in need. It is a sad state of affairs when, almost everyday, there is a report in the news of a nursing home resident who has suffered from neglect and/or abuse or has been injured in a nursing home. Lack of compassion, staffing reductions, funding cuts, etc. lead to an increase in instances of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. The family members of those who are being cared for in nursing homes are the eyes, ears and voices of the residents and should inquire into the level of care their respective family members receive to ensure that they are not victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
If you or someone you love has been injured, neglected or abused in a nursing home at the hands of nursing home caretakers, please contact Ed Fox & Associates today.