There is an undeniable correlation between the injuries people suffer in nursing homes and the staff that is hired to take care of them. The reality is most nursing home injuries could be prevented with adequate staffing. There are two primary problems with the staffing in nursing homes: first, nursing homes are routinely understaffed; and second, working with elderly patients requires a certain skills set, aside from technical qualifications, which many individuals may not possess. There are some people who are passionate about their work and have the heart to give every patient the care they deserve. However, there are others who may not be suited to working in a nursing home setting.
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to ensure that there is adequate staff to meet the needs of the patients. However, finding suitable staff members can be a challenging task, and there are incentives to cut corners owing to the high costs of qualified personnel which cut into the business’ profit margin.
When patients receive poor care, it is important to ask critical questions about the situation:
- Do those responsible for the care of your loved one possess the requisite qualifications?
- If a nurse’s response to a patient’s concern is, “Hmmm, I’ve never seen that before,” how did the nurse handle the situation?
- Did he or she find someone who was qualified to handle the situation, or was the patient left guessing about the medical condition?
Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
Although nursing homes need to make a profit to survive, they also need to consider the care their patients receive when unqualified nurses and aids are hired. Our attorneys work with clients to hold nursing home administrators accountable for their actions. Schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer by contacting us online or by calling 856-596-4100.