Understaffing in nursing homes is a critical problem in the U.S. It’s been estimated that about half of the nursing homes in the U.S. do not have all their staff needs met. When nursing homes are understaffed, this can lead to neglect and abuse of their patients. Unfortunately, neglect and abuse cases in nursing homes in the U.S. are on the rise.
Many families who cannot care for a loved one at home turn to nursing homes for assistance. They trust the staff there to provide the attention and care that their loved one requires. Many nursing home residents require constant monitoring and care. They may suffer from brain conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions. If they are not monitored carefully, they can become seriously hurt.
Insufficient staffing at nursing homes can result in a number of preventable problems. Patients may suffer bedsores because they are not properly turned. Patients may not be able to be as mobile as they would like, such as using the restroom, taking a shower, or staying active. If there are not enough staff, the patients may be confined to their beds. In addition, many patients need assistance with eating and drinking. Understaffed homes may not make nutrition and hydration a priority for patients.
If you suspect your loved one is not getting proper care, and you believe that may be because of understaffing, you should speak with the director. If the situation does not change, you may want to file a complaint with the necessary authorities, move your mother to another home, or even file a lawsuit in extreme cases.
Call the Houston nursing home neglect attorneys at Kennedy Hodges if you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home. Call us at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about the firm on our LinkedIn page.