Some of the most notorious cases of elder abuse occur in nursing homes. Nursing homes are intended to provide much needed assistance in caring for the elderly when they become too infirm to take care of themselves. Family members of the elderly rely on nursing homes to provide a safe environment for their mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles. All too often the nursing home becomes the ultimate abuser of their loved ones.
Legal Remedy for Nursing Home Abuse
Baby boomers are getting older and living longer. Families having to tend to the needs of their elderly family members are having a hard time of it, especially when the mental and physical health condition of their elderly is severely impaired.
In the best case scenario, a family needing assistance in caring for their older loved one will be able to find a safe and sanitary place for them to receive proper care and treatment, either by in-home nursing care assistance or by placement in a nursing home. In-home nursing care assistance can be cost prohibited. That is why it is important that families who have decided to place their elderly loved one in a nursing home, should do the necessary research to make sure that the nursing home provides quality care to its residents.
It is best to take the necessary steps to protect your elderly parents, aunts, and uncles by placing them in a facility that will meet their needs while providing a safe environment for them to live. However, if by chance you happen to place your loved one in a nursing home that ends up being a total nightmare, you do have a legal remedy to right this wrong.
Quail Creek Nursing Home
In 2015, a federal court in Oklahoma awarded the family of 96-year-old Eryetha Mayberry, a judgment in the amount of $1.2 million dollars against Quail Creek Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center stemming from the abuse Mayberry suffered at the hands of two of Quail Creek’s employees.
Mayberry suffered from a form of dementia. Her daughter and her two sisters suspected that she was being abused at the nursing home, so they installed hidden cameras in her room. The camera captured video footage of her abuse at the hands of the two employees; the two employees were fired and then arrested in connection with the abuse. See more on this story at News Channel 4.
Federal Government Involvement in Nursing Home Healthcare
The federal government’s involvement into the quality of nursing home healthcare is designed to make it more difficult for nursing homes to hide any incompetence and often criminal abuse of the elderly.
At Medicare.gov, you will find a grading system for nursing homes which was created to assist the public in screening and grading these nursing facilities in terms of quality of care.
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