Nursing home staff shortages are becoming more and more common in the United States, with 98 percent of nursing homes reporting trouble hiring. With the demand for nursing homes increasing, there is a shortage of qualified and experienced staff to care for elderly residents. This lack of appropriate staffing can lead to increased risks of abuse and neglect in nursing home settings.
How Do Staff Shortages Relate to Abuse?
Nursing homes are often understaffed due to a lack of funding, inadequate recruitment efforts, and a high turnover rate among nurses and other healthcare professionals. As a result, there is a higher risk of abuse or neglect when staff members are not present to provide quality care and attention. Some common reasons for nursing home abuse to occur due to staff shortages include:
- Frustration and Exhaustion - Staff members may become frustrated and exhausted when they are overworked and underpaid. This can lead to an increase in negligence or even intentional abuse of residents.
- Lack of Supervision - With fewer staff members on hand, it is difficult for supervisors to adequately monitor the care that is being provided. This leaves residents vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by other staff members or visitors.
- Limited Time for Staff Training - With fewer people available to train incoming staff, new employees may be unprepared for the demands of their job. This lack of training could lead to improper care and potential abuse of nursing home residents.
What Can Be Done?
While the reasons above are causes of nursing home abuse, there are no excuses. If you believe that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, it is important to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help guide you through the legal process and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Additionally, it is essential to report any suspicions of abuse or neglect immediately after becoming aware.
Obenshain Law Group Protects the Rights of Abused Seniors Throughout Virginia
At Obenshain Law Group, we understand the devastating effects of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of seniors throughout Virginia.
If you believe that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, contact us today at (540) 318-7360 to schedule a free consultation.