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The Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents

The Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are around 1.4 million people living in nursing homes across the country. These nursing home residents may be in different nursing home facilities, but they all share the same rights. Here are some of the many legal rights of nursing home residents:

Healthcare Rights

Every nursing home resident has the right to see a healthcare provider. Residents should be allowed to choose their own healthcare provider, and they should never be kept in the dark about their medical condition. If a resident does not want to take a medication or undergo a certain procedure, he has the right to refuse to do so.

Money Management

Nursing home facilities must allow their residents to manage their own money. If a resident does not feel comfortable managing his own money, he has the right to ask a trusted loved one to manage his finances for him. In addition, the nursing home must allow all residents to access their bank accounts or financial records at any time.

Right to Privacy

Even though nursing home residents live in close quarters, every resident has the right to privacy. Nursing home residents should be able to make private phone calls, visit with loved ones in private, and keep their personal belongings in a private and secure space.

Representative Notification

Nursing home facilities must get in touch with a resident’s legal representative or family members in certain situations. For example, if the resident injures himself or becomes seriously ill, the facility should notify his representative or family as soon as possible. These parties should also be contacted if a resident’s mental or physical state starts to decline suddenly or if the resident is being transferred to another facility.

Free From Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home residents have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. No nursing home resident should ever be subjected to any form of abuse or neglect. If a resident is abused or neglect, he also has the right to complain to the facility’s staff without fearing retaliation. Unfortunately, the right to live freely without being abused or neglected is often violated.

Has your loved one been abused or neglected in a nursing home? If so, contact Reisch Law Firm at once. Our personal injury attorneys will hold the nursing home accountable for this clear violation of your loved one’s rights. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is becoming a major problem for facilities across the country. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, financial, and psychological. For most people, the thought of inflicting harm on a vulnerable nursing home resident is repulsive. So, why are there so many victims? Here are some of the most common causes of nursing home abuse:

Inexperience

Sometimes, the abuse inflicted upon nursing home residents is a result of inexperience. Nursing home employees that are not properly trained may not know how to properly care for the elderly. Dealing with residents that require a lot of attention may be too much to handle for those who don’t have a lot of experience. These employees may lash out and become physically or emotionally abusive when they feel overwhelmed or frustrated.

Understaffing

The senior population is growing, which means more and more people are entering nursing homes. Some nursing homes may not have enough employees to handle the number of residents within a facility. This could lead to neglect, which occurs when a resident is not given the food, medication, water, or care that he needs. It can also lead to abuse if the overworked and stressed out nursing home employee takes out his frustrations on the innocent resident.

Failure to Properly Screen Employees

Nursing home facilities should carefully screen job applicants to ensure they are only hiring those who will treat residents with the utmost care. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to do so and end up hiring people who do not have the best intentions. For example, a nursing home may hire someone who has a history of committing petty theft. This person may take advantage of the vulnerable nursing home residents and steal their belongings while on the job. This is a form of financial abuse, and nursing homes can prevent it by properly screening potential employees.

Lack of Supervision

Most cases of abuse involve a nursing home employee inflicting harm on a resident, but there are some cases where one resident abuses another. Nursing homes that adequately supervise their residents would be able to prevent this type of abuse. But unfortunately, residents are not always supervised by nursing home employees.

If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, seek legal representation from Reisch Law Firm today. Let our attorneys investigate your case so we can help you seek justice against the abusers. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.