Massachusetts residents with loved ones in nursing homes may find themselves dismayed at the results of a recently released study. According to the study, almost one-third of all nursing homes in central Massachusetts scored below average.
In terms of overall quality, 19 out of the 62 nursing homes surveyed scored “below average” or “much below average.” Only 11 scored a five-star, or “much above average” rating.
The study used a number of factors to measure safety conditions in the nursing homes – health inspections, nurse and RN staffing, and quality measures were all taken into consideration.
Although family members normally place loved ones in nursing homes hoping they are provided with a safe and healthy environment, nursing homes often present many potential threats. Many homes are understaffed, which can lead to several safety issues.
Illnesses are one of the main results of understaffing. With a limited staff, cleaning duties are often neglected or not completed. This makes it easier for residents to develop an illness.
Additionally, daily needs are often unmet with a limited staff. Residents may be confined to a bed or wheelchair for extended periods of time and develop bedsores. This can lead to infection, serious injury, or even death. Malnutrition and dehydration may also result.
Stories of nursing home abuse have been reported in the news recently. Unfortunately, the screening process for employees of nursing homes is normally no stricter than in other professions, which contributes to the potential for unsafe conditions.
Abuse can take a variety of forms. It can be physical, mental, or sexual and may come from either the staff or other residents. Additionally, residents may suffer from mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. If not given the proper medication or monitored consistently, they may pose a danger to others or wander off.
Due to these dangers, it is recommended that families considering placing loved ones in a nursing home tour the facilities before making a decision. It is important to consider the cleanliness of the nursing home, as well as the respectfulness of staff.
Once a nursing home is chosen, family members should watch for anything that seems unusual. If any signs of neglect or abuse are evident, the nursing home faces potential negligence liability.
The elderly are some of society’s most helpless and vulnerable residents because they cannot defend themselves against dangerous conditions or abuse – this is why they are in need of the most protection. An individual who experiences nursing home abuse can benefit from the guidance of an attorney experienced in nursing home abuse. The attorney can assist with obtaining any available compensation for all injured parties.