Almost every injury is preventable, and many are the result of understaffing. At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, we have represented a host of elderly patients injured because the nursing home was understaffed, including cases involving:
- Malnutrition or dehydration because an aid was responsible for many patients during mealtime;
- Falls or bruising because a nurse or aid was not available to assist a patient;
- Bedsores or ulcers because a nurse or aid did not have time to move a patient; and
- Injuries caused by elopement because there were not enough people to monitor a lockdown unit.
Whether it is a truth we want to face or not, nursing homes are a business. The bottom line of most businesses is to make money. The corporations that run nursing homes must weigh the cost of labor against the cost of keeping patients in the nursing home. While Federal Regulations require nursing homes to have enough people on staff to give patients the care they need, this standard is vague. There is a difference between giving someone the care they medically need and giving them the care they need to maintain a healthy quality of life.
Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
At The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group, we know that the minimum requirements should not be the standard of care that your loved one receives. When nursing home administrators fail to properly staff nursing homes, the ripple effect is enormous. We are committed to ensuring that seniors receive the dignified care they deserve and holding parties accountable when abuse or neglect happens. Learn more about the representation we offer by contacting us online or by calling 856-596-4100.