Posts tagged with "reasonable standard of care"

Nursing home cited for failing to protect against abuse

They’ve cared for you their entire lives — fed you, nursed your cuts and bruises, cried with you at life’s tragedies and rejoiced with you in all your victories. Parents give us life and dedicate their lives to ensuring we are cared for through every step of our journeys. So, it’s only right that we do the same for them when they reach an age where they can no longer care for themselves. The nation’s nursing homes fill this role for us when we can no longer do it and they have a sacred obligation to provide at least a reasonable standard of care for our loved ones.

Sadly that isn’t always the case. Nursing home abuse is, unfortunately, a relatively common occurrence in Massachusetts and across the country. Following a May 19 incident, the state of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services cited an elder care facility for not being able to keep their residents from being abused. The citation is related to an incident in May that left bruises on one elderly patient in their care. Apparently, the staff got into a physical altercation with a resident that left him with the reported injuries.

Talks between the department and the facility’s doctor indicated that the man succumbed to the injuries incurred from the incident and other medical issues from which he was already suffering. He died June 3.

Cases like these are a sad reminder that sometimes nursing homes can be negligent and fail to provide proper care. Residents often suffer from physical and mental abuse because of a lack of safeguards or poorly trained staff.

Our loved ones should never have to suffer this type of abuse. If you suspect mistreatment, a Massachusetts attorney may be able to help you build a case.

Source:, “NC cites nursing home, alleges lack of abuse protection,” July 2, 2014

Nursing home alleged to have failed to report abuse for days

Nursing homes are charged with the most sacred of duties — taking care of the people who are most precious to us, people who have loved and taken care of us our entire lives. The elderly deserve the utmost respect and proper care. Sadly, nursing homes don’t always live up to this standard and sometimes fail to meet even a reasonable standard of care when it comes to their elderly residents.

Nursing home abuse and negligence is far too common in this country, and when it happens to a loved one, it can leave you feeling betrayed and angry. It has recently been alleged that a nursing home in North Carolina waited almost a week to report alleged abuse of those under its care. A male resident of the facility allegedly groped multiple female residents, and, according to reports, at least one employee saw the alleged abuse happen. Purportedly, the nursing home’s nursing director, facility administrator and executive director all became aware of the alleged sexual abuse soon after it allegedly occurred. The home, however, allegedly waited almost a week before telling police and families of the alleged abuse.

Families were upset about the purported delay in being informed. Had they known immediately, they could have been there sooner to comfort their family members.

The facility claimed that the delay occurred because it held off reporting until it checked out the accuracy of the abuse allegations.

This case didn’t happen in Massachusetts, but cases like these are sadly not uncommon here. If you suspect unreported abuse or you know a family member was abused at a nursing home, a Massachusetts attorney may be able to help you fight for compensation for your family member.

Source:, “Nursing home under investigation after taking days to report abuse,” Dave Faherty, June 3, 2014