Nursing home employees and caretakers need to be kind and compassionate when caring for their elderly residents. When elders are abused or stolen from, nursing homes and caretakers need to make their patients, not their finances, their priority. Making sure that the highest hiring standards are protocol at a nursing home is the easiest way to maintain a professional, high-quality experience for residents and patients.
All too frequently, the very employees who are entrusted to care for residents end up abusing or neglecting them. Although the law requires nursing homes to perform background checks on all job applicants, nursing homes frequently ignore the law and hire people with criminal backgrounds. Why? It can be less expensive to hire those with a criminal background. When nursing homes ignore the mandatory background checks or the warning signs of abuse, tragedy may occur.
Remember, if your loved one comes to you reporting abuse, this behavior has likely been occurring for far too long. Not only is your loved one at risk, but so is every other patient at that nursing home. A single abusive employee can hurt several residents, so be sure to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities first.
At Lloyd & Lloyd, we have represented numerous clients who have been the victims of physical assaults and sexual abuse by nursing home employees. Please call us if you suspect that a loved one has been abused.
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No family wants to face having to put a loved one into a nursing home. However, if it is necessary to take this step, the family deserves to know that the promises of the nursing home to take care of their parent(s) are true.