As Patient Numbers Rise, So Does Nursing Home Abuse
As Patient Numbers Rise in Nursing Homes, Many Workers are Claiming Abuse and Neglect of Patients
We all want the best for our loved ones, especially as they get older. For many, nursing homes offer the care and attention that we expect our elderly to receive, or so we thought. Nurses, carers, facility managers, and former health bureaucrats have started to spread light on a growing problem inside the nursing home industry.
A dateline program on ABC conducted a study on conditions in nursing homes. What they found is that nursing home staff members don’t always get sufficient time to feed, hydrate, and toilet the residents. “Broken bones and infections can go undiagnosed” and there is an increase in medication error. These issues have arisen due to the increased amount of chronically ill, dependent, and demented patients in nursing homes. In some nursing home facilities, the staff to patient ratio can be as high as one carer to 20 or 30 patients.
Overwhelmed and Busy Staff Members
Patients ultimately suffer in this unfortunate staff shortage. Registered nurses are hard to come by, especially when they are required to take care of 100 patients, along with filling out mountains of paperwork at the end of each shift. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,800 patients living in nursing homes die each year from fall related injuries. A nursing home averaging about 100 beds will report 100 to 200 falls each year.
There have been numerous reports of the elderly being treated below par by overwhelmed and busy staff members. An old man having to beg to be taken to the bathroom, an elderly woman not having her soiled sheets changed for hours, a woman turning purple because she had stopped breathing and no one noticed. All of these are stories from families, staff members, and patients who have suffered in this overwrought system.
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