The common theme that my law firm sees when we handle nursing home negligence cases is a lack of staff. That is to say, too many people in the nursing home and insufficient staff to care for those people.
There are telltale signs, so like anything else, your loved one is better-taken care of if you are proactive in trying to determine whether if the nursing home is equipped to meet their needs.
Stop in and observe. How many people are actually on the floor? How many people are tending to nurse home patients? How many people may be wheeled in a wheelchair and left in the hallway unattended? Sometimes you hear alarms go off, but the staff doesn’t respond to it.
We project that this problem is going to get worse in the near future as the Baby Boomer generation comes to that age where they need nursing home care or assisted living care. The nursing homes just aren’t equipped to handle that influx of people.
That is unless they decide at some future time to add much more staff, which they are usually resistant to do. That’s because that would increase their costs and after all, this is a business to them and they’re trying to make a profit.
If someone you end up in this unfortunate situation, please give us a call at 617-917-3917 and we’ll be happy to let you know what your options are.