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Nursing home abuse is unfortunately a crime that is on the rise in terms of the number of cases that are reported each year. Nursing home abuse refers to any sort of knowing, purposeful, or negligent act by a caregiver that causes harm to an adult who may be feeble, frail, week, or otherwise vulnerable. Abuse in nursing homes can encompass physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, or abandonment.

The rise in nursing home abuse cases can be attributed to a variety of factors. As the number of elders requiring the service of a nursing home grows so too does the demand for more nursing home staff members. This means that many staff members are either going to be straight out of training or have limited training and experience. The inexperienced staff members need time to get adjusted to their jobs, and it takes practice in order to understand how to meet the high demand needs of seniors or other adults in nursing homes.

In addition, nursing home facilities are businesses. They make money by housing and caring for adults. To increase revenue while cutting expenditures, some nursing homes may cut corners by decreasing available staff, providing less training for new staff, and cut management positions. Cuts in spending can also mean high turnover of staff.

The various elements effecting nursing homes can have a significant impact on their residents. From poorly trained staff to limited resources, there are many instances in which nursing home environments or care providers provide less than adequate care to vulnerable adults.

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse
There are a number of steps that a person can take to protect him or herself, or their loved ones, from nursing home abuse. These steps are related to picking a nursing home where this form of abuse is less likely to happen. While it is impossible to be able to say for certain that all of the staff at a particular nursing home is trustworthy, and that all resources and services are up to standard, but it is possible to reduce the risks through proper nursing home selection. Here are some things to keep in mind during your search.

Experience: This is one of the most important qualifiers you want to look for in nursing homes. Experienced nursing homes are homes that have been around for awhile and have taken in a large number of clients over the course of their existence. The staff employed in a well-established nursing home should typically be trustworthy. It is important to ensure that in addition to having worked with many patients or clients, there have been no major complaints against the home itself.

Qualifications: Give consideration to the qualifications of staff and management. There are nursing qualifications that some staff members should have, and it is within your rights to ask to see those qualifications before you commit to anything. Many cases of nursing home abuse occur because people choose nursing homes that are staffed by under-qualified individuals, or by individuals who are inexperienced.

Education: It is important to educate yourself, as well as your loved ones, about individuals' rights in relation to nursing home care and elder care. If you are paying for nursing services, you have the right to make your concerns and your preferences known.
Coping with Nursing Home Abuse
Coping with nursing home abuse is extremely difficult. The best way to cope, according to many experts, is to seek closure by taking action. The action you take varies by person; it could be joining a focus group, seeking therapy, or taking legal action against the abuse.

There have been many legal cases based on nursing home abuse. Many law professionals focus on nursing home abuse and specialize in the laws surrounding nursing home care. Consider contacting a lawyer whose specialty is nursing home abuse, explain your situation and follow the advice your lawyer gives you. A lawyer has the ability to help you ensure that the abuser is held accountable for his or her actions, and that he or she is unable to hurt another vulnerable adult in the same manner.


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