Incidents of Emotional Abuse at Nursing Homes Increasing

Incidents of nursing home negligence and abuse are hitting an all-time high in the United States. This is definitely a major concern. The news accounts get more and more disturbing. A recent news report says that a nursing home was fined after health investigators found several incidents of “widespread deficiencies,” which could immediately put residents in jeopardy.

The 120-bed nursing home is facing a hefty fine after an investigation revealed that several residents were being abused. In fact, an employee told investigators that she saw two other employees mocking a resident who stuttered because that individual has Parkinson’s disease. Another resident told investigators that an employee had threatened to strangle her.

What officials found turned out to be hardly surprising. The nursing home was chronically short-staffed and because employees were being over-worked, incidents of staff “burnout” and employees calling in sick have increased exponentially.

As Seattle personal injury lawyers, we also see that a number of for-profit nursing homes deliberately keep their facilities understaffed and do not hire trained nurses and aides because it costs a lot of money and would put a dent in their profits. This is unacceptable. Nursing home residents deserve the level of care they came there for in the first place. It is a breach of trust to those families that left these individuals to the care of a nursing home believing that the level of care they would receive would be better in a nursing home than what they could offer at home.

If your loved one has been abused or neglected by nursing home staff, please contact the experienced Washington injury attorneys at The Bernard Law Firm. Call 1-800-418-8282 or send an email to to schedule a FREE comprehensive and confidential consultation that we will provide at no cost to you. We can also send you our FREE informational brochure that has useful and educational information that will help you in understanding your legal rights. Get in touch with Kirk Bernard and his dedicated legal team today.


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