Nursing Home Abuse | Sorey, Gilliland, & Hull, LLP
When an elderly nursing home resident is physically or sexually abused or financially exploited, it usually leaves some physical evidence that a careful observer will notice. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, leaves no bruising, welts, or any physical signs of damage. The harm is psychological and invisible, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, then you trust that nursing home to provide compassionate and competent care. However, abuse in nursing homes is a widespread issue in Texas and New Mexico. Your loved one may be at risk of financial, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse.
Recently, the Whispering Pines Lodge in Longview, Texas was fined for not providing immediate action following the reported abuse by one of their residents by a staff member. The abuse was reported on May 13th, 2019, but the nursing home did not contact the police until the next day. This violated Section 483.12 of the Department of Health and Human Services’s rules and regulations regarding long-term care facilities, which was placed into effect across the U.S. on October 4th, 2016. The federal law outlines the steps nursing homes must take to protect residents, which includes instant action when presented with potential danger or abuse. The nursing home has had many more incidents before this most recent 2019 case.
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, as defined by the Cleveland Clinic. Stressed, burned-out caregivers may experience anxiety, depression, and fatigue. This state is often accompanied by a change in attitude toward seniors from positive and caring to negative and uncaring.
Nursing home abuse occurs in several different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. Particularly when it affects nursing home residents with dementia, abuse can be difficult to identify and define and often goes unreported.
The Whispering Pines Lodge in Longview, Texas has been fined by the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services after a nurse was fired for allegedly sexually assaulting a resident on May 13, 2019, based on a Medicare inspection report. The report states that the nursing home failed to immediately respond to the resident’s accusations and contact the police. This delayed response, taking place from May 13-14, 2019, may have placed the resident and other patients in danger of further abuse from the alleged perpetrator.
The overuse of antibiotics is a serious problem in nursing homes. Over the course of a year, 50% to 70% of nursing home residents receive antibiotics. Up to 75% of antibiotics in nursing homes are prescribed incorrectly, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To address this problem, the CDC has released its Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide, with toolkits to help nursing homes optimize their use of antibiotics.
Falls are a common occurrence in nursing homes and can have serious consequences for frail, elderly residents. Of the 1.6 million nursing home residents in the U.S., approximately half fall in a year, and one in three fall two or more times in a year, as reported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Serious injuries from falls are a major reason for lawsuits against nursing home facilities and their staff.
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