When people need to place loved ones in a nursing home in Texas, they first assess the facility, its history and the condition of its residents. They want to find a safe and nurturing environment for their loved ones to get the care and attention they need.
Unfortunately, many facilities fall short in adhering to the standard of care. Residents can become ill, injured and even lose their lives. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to seek out assistance with deciding what to do.
Texas nursing home faces accusations of neglect and mistreatment
In one recent and shocking story, a woman who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease had ants crawling all over her and later died at a Texas nursing home. The woman’s family has filed a claim asserting the facility was negligent in its care for the woman.
This facility and others are said to have failed to check on residents who need more attention as often as they should. Part of the problem is the lack of staffing. Residents are not getting the medications they need when they are supposed to receive them; they do not always get their meals; and they are vulnerable to falls. The recent health challenges are frequently cited as to why there is a lack of staffing, but this was a challenge before.
Abused and mistreated nursing home residents and their families have rights
Those who are unable to communicate are especially vulnerable to mistakes, abuse and other problems in nursing homes. Families cannot be there constantly, so they need to rely on the administrators, doctors, nurses and certified nurse’s aides to do their jobs. If there is nursing home abuse and neglect, it can be confusing as to what the options are.
It is imperative to report what is happening to try and put a stop to it. In addition, having assistance with legal strategies can also be crucial. Often, facilities try to mislead family members, hide evidence or tell outright falsehoods. Being protected is key. Having guidance with what can be done through legal channels is essential and consulting with professionals who understand these cases should be the first step after the abuse or mistreatment is discovered.