What are the causes of nursing home abuse and neglect?
There are multiple ways residents are injured in nursing homes, but if you look for the “why”, it usually boils down to one thing….a staff that is either insufficiently trained or insufficient in number; or both.
Often, nursing homes failed to hire enough or enough qualified facility staff members. Using under qualified, insufficiently trained, and/or overworked staff members can result in a lack of supervision of at-risk residents, an inability to complete tasks residents require (such as turning and repositioning, timely medications, two staff members to assist a resident in transferring, eating, etc.) and lack of supervision of employees. The result of these shortcomings is the abuse and neglect of elderly residents.
Sadly many residents are unable to communicate instances of the abuse and neglect they suffer because of their physical or mental limitations.