Nursing Home Abuse

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2020

Nursing home abuse and neglect are major problems in elder care facilities throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, many residents who are victimized by negligent or abusive staff members are reluctant to speak out about what they’re experiencing. In some cases, they may even hide what’s happening from their loved ones.

If you suspect your family member is being mistreated in their nursing home, it’s important to talk to them about it. But doing so isn’t always easy, and you may not get a straight answer right away. Follow these tips to have a healthy and productive conversation about a difficult topic:

  • Talk to your loved one in a quiet, confidential place—If you’re able to visit your loved one in person, try to take them to a quiet and confidential area of their care facility. Residents may be afraid to bring up issues if they think others will eavesdrop or hear.
  • Be direct and specific when bringing up your concerns—Tell your loved one about what makes you worried. Whether it’s signs of physical abuse, worsening health, malnutrition, or poor hygiene, make sure they know you’re aware and worried.
  • Discuss solutions to the problem—Even if you haven’t decided on filing an abuse or neglect claim, it’s important to talk about solving the problem. That could be moving your loved one to a new nursing home or bringing up the issue with management or facility directors.

Nursing home abuse and neglect should never be tolerated, and it’s our job to hold the people who let it happen accountable. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Touring a Nursing Home? Beware of These Red Flags.

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home is never easy. And with the growing population of senior citizens in America, there are more nursing homes to choose from than ever before. That can be both a blessing and a curse, as you may have plenty of options but also be unsure of where to start looking.

For many people, the first consideration is cost. After you’ve narrowed down nursing homes that are in your price range, it’s important to tour them to determine which is right for your loved one. While touring, be on the lookout for the following red flags, which can indicate that residents are receiving less than adequate care:

  • A chaotic environment—Nursing homes are often large facilities with potentially hundreds of residents. Ensuring that they remain harmonious and welcoming places requires proper staffing and training. If a nursing home seems loud, disorganized, and chaotic, look elsewhere.
  • Poor cleanliness—Nursing homes should be extremely neat and clean, especially in common areas. If areas such as offices, entryways, lobbies, outdoor spaces, and other high traffic spots are dirty, it can mean that resident spaces are even more neglected.
  • Disengaged residents—Nursing home residents may vary in age, health, and overall wellness. However, staff should always make efforts to keep residents as engaged, active, and busy as possible by coordinating stimulating activities. Residents who appear bored or disengaged may indicate a nursing home that’s out to make a buck—not provide adequate care.

When nursing homes abuse or neglect residents, Skolrood Law Firm is there to help them and their loved ones get maximum compensation. Contact us today if you believe your loved one was harmed—our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to fight for their rights.

Nursing Home Abuse Can Take Many Forms

by Staff Blogger | June 18th, 2020

When many people hear the phrase “nursing home abuse,” they think of residents being physically struck by staff members. While that’s a real breach of trust, ethics, and the law in some nursing homes, it represents only a small percentage of actual nursing home abuse cases.

Often, residents are abused in more subtle ways, or in ways that aren’t immediately obvious to other staff members and family. Common examples of abuse include:

  • Verbal abuse—Nursing home residents can be considered victims of abuse when they’re harmed emotionally and psychologically. This can occur via intimidation, threats, insults, humiliation, and more. Caregivers never have to actually touch residents to cause them significant harm.
  • Health abuse—Many nursing home residents are highly dependent on medications and frequent visits from their doctors to stay in good health. When they don’t get their medications, or when their symptoms aren’t reported in a timely fashion, they can go downhill quickly. That’s an unfortunate reality for some victims of abuse.
  • Neglectful abuse—Some residents are abused via neglect. They may be left in their homes alone and without company or assistance for days at a time, or they may be excluded from activities and events. In severe cases, residents may even be denied food and water, putting their lives at risk.

If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it’s important to keep a close eye on their physical, emotional, and psychological health when you visit, as abuse and neglect can be subtle and difficult to detect. And if you suspect abuse is occurring, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Is Your Loved One Getting Adequate Care at their Nursing Home?

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2020

Nursing home residents are supposed to receive high-quality and attentive care from doctors, nurses, and other staff members. But that doesn’t always happen. Residents being abused or neglected by caregivers is all too common, and it’s often related to poor management, profit-over-safety mentalities, and hiring under-qualified employees.

Unfortunately, another concern for nursing home residents has emerged in recent weeks: the threat of being infected by COVID-19. This pandemic has spread to all corners of the globe, and it’s particularly dangerous to nursing home residents. That’s because the virus already hits elderly people and people with existing medical conditions the hardest, and that describes a large segment of the nursing home population in Virginia.

If your loved one lives in a nursing home facility, you may be unable to visit them at this time, or your visits may be limited. That said, it’s still important to keep a close eye on your loved one’s health and wellbeing. Call them often and try to arrange virtual visits via webcam. Many nursing home residents feel frightened and more alone than ever right now, and hearing the voices and seeing the faces of their loved ones can brighten their days.

And as always, if you find out that your loved one was mistreated, neglected, or abused while living in their nursing home, Skolrood Law Firm wants to help. Our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers will do everything in our power to get your family maximum compensation for your loved one’s mistreatment. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Stand Up for the Rights of Mistreated Nursing Home Residents

by Staff Blogger | February 13th, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home was difficult, but it was for the best. While nursing homes often represent the loss of true independence for residents, they also mean greater peace of mind from them and their loved ones, as residents have access to healthcare providers and wellness checks on a daily basis if they need them.

However, the perks of nursing homes can be greatly overshadowed by the potential downsides: namely, abuse and neglect. It’s no secret that nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S. are sometimes mistreated by staff members, caretakers, and medical professionals. That mistreatment can range from failing to give residents the care and attention they deserve (neglect), to outright physical, emotional, and sexual attacks (abuse).

When abuse or neglect happen, nursing home owners and administrators can be held liable, especially if they knew about the mistreatment or didn’t take action after previous incidents occurred. In addition, they also may be considered responsible if their hiring practices, such as understaffing or hiring unqualified workers, could have resulted in abuse or neglect.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys believe that residents deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and care when living in nursing facilities. In fact, all nursing home residents in Virginia have many rights, and when those rights are violated, they need legal representation to protect themselves now and in the future—and that’s where we come in. If your loved one was mistreated at their nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today.

2 Reasons Why Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Occur

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2019

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where elderly and disabled people can get the care and attention they need. It’s difficult to imagine that they can instead be places where residents are actively neglected or even abused. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for a large number of nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S.

Although nursing home abuse and neglect can sometimes be caused by a single employee, it’s often due to a more systemic cause that can be traced back to the way owners and administrators run their facilities. In many cases, it comes down to money and attempting to save it in two ways:

  1. Understaffing—Fully staffed nursing homes are expensive to run and operate. They may need doctors and nurses onsite, in addition to dozens of caretakers and support staff. Some nursing homes try to maximize profits by understaffing, which can put residents at risk.
  2. Hiring inexperienced and unqualified employees—Nursing home employees should have the proper education and training to do their jobs. They should also pass background checks and security clearances. When nursing homes don’t vet their employees, residents suffer.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers know the common causes of abuse and neglect, and we know how to find evidence that owners or administrators failed to do their due diligence to prevent it. If your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Are Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | October 17th, 2019

Moving a loved one into a nursing home is often met with mixed emotions for everyone involved. The person moving into the facility may mourn the loss of their independence, but welcome the increased level of healthcare and social outlets. Meanwhile, their family members may feel guilt about the decision, but may also be relieved that their loved one will get better and more frequent medical attention.

Unfortunately for some nursing home residents, moving into a facility can result in serious abuse and neglect—and it can start years after they move in or even right away. Elder abuse is shockingly common, and while it’s often perpetrated by family members, it can also be caused by caregivers in healthcare and nursing facilities.

It’s most common when nursing homes value profits over resident comfort, health, and satisfaction. Nursing homes often have hundreds of residents with unique medical conditions and healthcare requirements. Taking care of that many residents requires a large staff of highly trained personnel, which can be an enormous cost for nursing home owners and administrators.

To save money, some nursing homes intentionally understaff or hire underqualified employees. Cost-cutting measures such as that can be detrimental to residents’ well-being, as they may be more likely to be neglected due to staff shortages or abused by employees who lack sufficient training and who may not have been properly vetted before being hired.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help anyone whose loved one was mistreated while living in a nursing facility. Contact us today for a free consultation.

When Nursing Homes Violate Residents’ Rights, They Should Be Held Accountable

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2019

Nursing home residents are granted many rights by the federal government. The state of Virginia also enforces rules and regulations to help ensure that nursing home residents are well protected and safe from harm while living in care facilities.

Federal rights include the following:

  • The right to a dignified existence—This includes the right to be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity while remaining free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also states that quality of life must be maintained or improved and that residents will be free from physical restraints.
  • The right to self-determination—Regardless of their age or health conditions, nursing home residents should always have a voice in their own care and healthcare plans. They should also be able to participate in activities and request, refuse, or discontinue treatment.
  • The right to be fully informed—Residents should know the status of their own health and the progression of their illnesses, as well as any treatments they might undergo to treat diseases and chronic health conditions. In addition, they should receive important notices and information about changes in a written language they can understand.

These are just a few of the important rights that nursing home residents are supposed to enjoy in Virginia. Unfortunately, these rights are sometimes violated, putting residents in danger.

If you suspect your loved one’s rights were violated after being moved to a nursing home or other care facility, your family may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm today to get the legal representation you need.

Suspect Nursing Home Abuse? We Want to Protect Your Loved One’s Rights.

by Staff Blogger | June 13th, 2019

When you moved your loved one into their nursing home facility, you expected them to get high-quality medical care and personalized attention from staff members and medical providers. Unfortunately, that’s not always day-to-day reality for nursing home residents.

Many nursing facilities prioritize profits over resident health and satisfaction, and that means they often cut corners when it comes to hiring experienced and qualified employees. It’s not uncommon for nursing homes to be understaffed or utilize untrained employees. When that happens, residents’ well-being and even their lives may be at risk.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we fight for the rights of people who were neglected or abused in nursing home facilities. If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in their nursing home, we want to help you, too.

When you choose a Roanoke nursing home abuse attorney, we’ll investigate your claim by collecting evidence that proves your loved one was abused or neglected. Then, we’ll determine how much money your family is owed for this breach of trust. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company and the nursing home to get you maximum compensation for what your loved one has been through.

Nursing home abuse and neglect are extremely harmful for residents, and when nursing homes allow them to occur or fail to hold employees to a higher standard, they should be held responsible. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.

Recognizing Abuse and Neglect Can Save Nursing Home Residents’ Lives

by Staff Blogger | April 25th, 2019

It’s important to be attentive when you visit your loved one in the nursing home. Although most nursing homes provide high-quality care and assistance with daily living tasks, some put residents’ health and even their lives in danger due to focusing on profits rather than resident well-being.

The next time you visit your loved one at his or her care facility, be on the lookout for the following signs of mistreatment:

  • Unexplained bruises and other signs of physical trauma—If you see signs of trauma on your loved one’s body, ask him or her what happened. If they’re unable to explain, ask a nurse or caregiver. They could be signs of abuse.
  • Sudden weight loss—Nursing home residents can be neglected when they don’t receive adequate nutrition. Staff members may withhold food or fail to diagnose conditions that can make eating difficult or uncomfortable, resulting in weight loss and declining physical health.
  • Personality changes—When residents become depressed, withdrawn, or even fearful, it may be due to mistreatment, including abuse and neglect, in their care facilities. In addition to physical abuse, residents may be subject to verbal and sexual abuse by caretakers and staff members.

A Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm wants to help if you believe that your loved one’s rights were violated in his or her nursing home. Call us today for a free consultation.