Families are often left in the position of making difficult decisions to ensure that their family members receive the care that they need. In fact, many families in Maryland and across the country often come to the conclusion that they are no longer able to meet the needs of an aging loved one, prompting them to make the decision to place them in a nursing home. While most of these facilities are dedicated to providing quality care their residents' needs, some families find themselves wondering if their loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence.
The decision to seek qualified care for a beloved family member in failing health is never made without careful deliberation. Once the decision is made, families conduct a search for the facility that will best meet their loved one's needs. Many Maryland families still worry that their loved one could become a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse.
Many Maryland families and others around the country have to make decisions about providing care to their elderly parents. Often, nursing homes and other skilled care facilities are chosen to provide medical and basic life services. Certainly, much thought and consideration go into selecting a facility that offers quality care and ensures the safety of its residents. Unfortunately, every facility does not live up to these expectations. A family in another state believes that a facility is guilty of nursing home negligence after their father passed away soon after leaving the location.
When loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves, many Maryland residents make the decision to seek care from skilled nursing facilities. Certainly, the expectation is that their family members will receive appropriate medical treatment, assistance in daily life activities and respect from all staff members. Sadly, this is not the case for some facilities. In fact, the incidents of reported nursing home negligence and abuse has prompted a recent hearing before a Senate committee.
Placing a loved one in the care of a long-term nursing facility is seldom an easy decision. Sadly, regardless of the time one invests in researching a chosen facility, the most vulnerable patients are often unable to advocate for themselves and can become victims of nursing home negligence. There are countless Maryland residents who may have concerns about their loved ones' safety.
When loved ones become incapacitated, many Maryland families select a skilled facility to provide care for them. Personnel at the facilities are expected to see to patients' everyday needs, such as feeding and hygiene, as well as medical needs, like administering medication, therapy or diagnostic tests. When a facility fails to do this, the results can be devastating. A woman in another state filed a civil lawsuit for nursing home negligence against a facility, which also faced criminal charges for the same incidents.
It is never easy to decide to seek nursing home care for an elderly loved one. However, when he or she needs around-the-clock care, it might be the only option. Sadly, nursing home negligence and abuse are as prevalent in Maryland as in other states. Neglect and mistreatment come in different forms, and they are not usually easy to spot, but looking out for specific signs and red flags might help.
When loved ones enter a skilled care facility in Maryland or elsewhere in the nation, their family members expect a certain standard of care from the staff. Reasonable expectations would include proper medical care, cleanliness of the facility, professionalism of the staff and appropriate treatment of the patient. Unfortunately, not every facility meets these basic standards. Recently, a woman in another state filed a nursing home negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against a medical center for the actions of the facility in caring for her father.