Unfortunately, nursing homes often place the most vulnerable members of our society at risk in their haste to turn a profit. Despite federal guidelines, elderly patients who reside in skilled nursing facilities regularly suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of the individuals who are tasked with their care. In many cases, chronic understaffing results in resident harm.
Common signs of senior citizen abuse include pressure ulcers which are more commonly known as bed sores, serious or frequent falls, combativeness, broken bones, weight loss, and more. For example, pressure ulcers can occur when a nursing home patient is not fed properly or moved at regular intervals. Similarly, overworked staff may be stretched too thin to care for residents’ needs and protect residents from dangers such as falling. In order to prevent dangerous falls, facility residents may simply need additional restroom breaks or senors, alarms or rails installed near their beds.