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Villarreal & Begum January 9, 2020

Staffing Issues, Stress, and Abuse in Nursing Homes

empty bed and walker in nursing home

Businesses need to be well-staffed in order to stay efficient. This is especially true for any job industry that involves taking care of people. When it comes to nursing homes, we expect our loved ones to be treated with the respect and care they deserve. However, abuse is rampant, even in reputable elder care facilities. According to an investigative report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is largely due to understaffing. The report goes on to say nursing homes suffer from high turnover rates, even at top management positions. Due to the lack of people, nursing homes often settle for under-qualified candidates and provide little to no training to new employees.

Stressed Employees, Abused Residents

Even when nursing homes follow state regulations, they often still fail to meet their patient’s needs. Patients who need special care often don’t receive the treatment they require due to under-trained staff.

The stress that is put on qualified but overworked nurses often leads to negligence. In the news, we hear horror stories of staff members beating patients, elderly residents forced to go days without bathing or eating, and much more. These are horrible conditions that no person should have to live through. Sadly, these patients often helpless to change their situation.

If you visit your loved one and see signs of abuse, you should seek help immediately. Often, the victims feel like they can’t come forward. They fear the one abusing them might cause them harm. If you’re unsure of how to move forward, you should seek the help of a personal injury attorney.

Seek a San Antonio Elder Abuse Attorney

If you suspect that a loved one has been or is the victim of abuse in a nursing home in San Antonio, do not hesitate to seek help. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. You need to contact a San Antonio nursing home abuse lawyer right away.

The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm is knowledgeable in elder and nursing home abuse cases. We will protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. Call today for your free consultation.