Hernando, Mississippi, Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
As the parents of the baby boomers continue to age, more and more of them are forced to consider receiving care in a nursing facility, something they likely never imagined. Across the U.S. there are more than 1.5 million people in nursing homes. Even here in Hernando, MS, thousands of seniors are cared for not by family members, but by paid nursing professionals. Our elderly loved ones deserve proper care and dignity in their golden years and these facilities have an obligation to provide proper care. While most staff members work long hours to provide quality care to their patients, the fact is that some do not and vulnerable seniors are, at times, victimized by the very people chosen to care for them.
Unfortunately, many of these problems arise when nursing homes cut corners to maximize profits. By understaffing the nursing facilities, the companies that run them can save money on salaries. The staff members that are hired are often underpaid and expected to work long hours doing demanding tasks. It’s a shame that profit would ever come before patient care and those facilities that make these bad decisions should be held responsible.
Elder abuse can occur in many different forms. Some of the recognized categories of elder abuse include the following: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, psychological abuse and financial abuse. The abusers are very calculating and prey on seniors because they are an especially vulnerable group. Sickness, mental deterioration, physical frailty and loneliness are all prime reasons that abusers target the elderly in Hernando, Mississippi.
Though abuse is tragic by itself, nursing home neglect is another problem that affects thousands of seniors. Neglect is one of the most commonly seen forms of abuse in nursing home settings today. Rather than causing harm by behaving badly, harm is done through inaction. Seniors do not receive the care they need and are instead left alone, sometimes in bed to develop bedsores, not taken to the restroom or are not fed as often as they need to be. The result of continual neglect is a general decline in the health of the elderly people under the care of the nursing home and in many cases, premature death. Neglect can happen anywhere and is especially worrisome given that it can be so easily overlooked or ignored. Even repeated visits to a nursing home may not reveal the signs of neglect.
Hernando nursing home residents should expect top quality care in their golden years. Residents in Mississippi have a right to privacy, dignity and respect and those facilities that fail to live up to these obligations should be held accountable. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect in Hernando, contact one of our nursing home abuse attorneys immediately. The experienced attorneys at Stroud, Flechas & Dalton have handled complicated cases of abuse and neglect before and will show your loved one the respect they deserve while helping to get justice through financial compensation.