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:
- 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.
- 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.