Nursing Home Abuse
If you made the difficult decision to place your loved one in a nursing home facility, you probably did so believing that your family member would receive the best care and treatment possible. Unfortunately, instances of elderly abuse can happen even in the most accredited facilities, especially if the staff is under-qualified or overworked, among numerous other reasons.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) recently reported that the number of severe violations in Texas nursing homes has increased by 35 percent. In fact, Texas was ranked the worst in the nation for the poor quality of its nursing home facilities.
The U.S. nursing home resident advocacy group Families for Better Care released a report card earlier this year that graded each state on the quality of its nursing homes. Sadly, Texas was named the worst in the country for how poorly the elderly are treated in assisted care facilities.
The non-profit group evaluated each state based on staffing, complaints, deficiencies, overall quality inspections, and professional nursing levels. According to the study, one in five nursing homes is guilty of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents. Read the rest »
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