A top cause of nursing home negligence is improper staffing. Nursing home operators, in attempts to save money, sometimes fail to hire enough staff. When a nursing home is understaffed, employees often are overworked and fatigued. They are more prone to make mistakes or cut corners, which can lead to nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence.
With the US having more than 16,000 nursing homes many are understaffed. For families with loved ones in nursing homes, this is particularly distressing, considering that the average cost of care for a nursing home resident exceeds $70,000 a year. When a nursing home is understaffed, a variety of problems may come to the surface, including, but not limited to:
- Substandard care
- Neglect (a resident might be left unattended for lengthy periods of time)
- Elopement, or wandering off by a resident who needs supervision
- Medication errors
- Unsanitary environment
- An unfriendly environment due to low morale among staff
The rates of injuries from nursing home patients around the country have gotten higher in recent years, and that trend does not look like it will be subsiding in the near future, even in Philadelphia. That’s why the associates at McEldrew Young have taken it on our own to conduct thorough research into fully understanding the nursing homes across Philadelphia. We will stop at nothing for any of our client’s investigative needs, thus we are going to share the research we’ve conducted on Philadelphia’s nursing homes.
Understaffing is irresponsible for nursing home owners and can cause dangerous outcomes for both patients and staff. Falls, bruises, medication errors, and bed sores are not supposed to happen at nursing homes and when they do, questions should be asked, and clear answers should follow. Nursing homes have paid out millions of dollars in recent years to patients that have suffered wrongful death and illness as a result of nursing home understaffing. An attorney may be able to provide advice and assistance in cases where nursing home understaffing is suspected or has been proven. An attorney may be able to assist victims in taking steps to recover costs associated with intentional understaffing at nursing homes.
Contact a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
An improperly staffed nursing home should never be tolerated if your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect. At The Law Offices of McEldrew Young, we can put our resources and knowledge to work for your family. We have experience investigating all types of nursing home abuse and negligence cases, including those involving understaffed nursing homes. Contact us today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for future medical care and other damages.