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Common Nursing Home Issues

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2022 | Nursing Home Neglect

If one of your loved ones is currently in a nursing home or managed care facility in Kentucky, it’s important to have a clear understanding of some of the issues nursing homes commonly struggle with.

While you hope that the nursing home is being responsible and ethical in treating its residents, the sad truth is that nursing home neglect and other forms of malfeasance are less rare than you might think. Part of safeguarding the health and well-being of your loved ones involves being aware of some of the ways nursing homes can fall short.

Staffing issues

One of the most frequent areas that nursing homes can neglect their residents is through staffing. Staffing represents one of the biggest costs for a nursing home, and as a result an unscrupulous nursing home can attempt to shave expenses in a few ways.

The simplest form of staffing neglect is understaffing. But just as problematic are related issues like too much staff turnover (leading to caregivers who are inexperienced and don’t know their residents’ needs and preferences) and not having enough registered nurses.

Issues with facility conditions

The staff isn’t the only way in which a nursing home can fail to provide for its residents. Living conditions within a nursing home can sometimes fall short in a handful of ways.

From not providing enough basic supplies to allowing bacterial infections to run rampant, the conditions of a nursing home can be detrimental to both the quality of life and the health and safety of its residents.

And unfortunately, sometimes a nursing home will have staff members who show chronic disrespect for residents. In these cases, the facility may be ignoring a pattern of complaints from residents.

Nursing home neglect and other related issues are abhorrent, and they can often be actionable within the law. If you suspect that your loved one may be experiencing neglect or deficient treatment, be sure to stay extra vigilant as you talk with them and observe the facility they’re living in.