Inadequately trained staff contributes to cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As opposed to malicious intent, many of these circumstances simply occur because the staff did not quite know what they were doing. These cases place blame on the nursing home itself, as nursing homes have a legal requirement to uphold nursing home staffing standards and make sure their staff receive adequate training to provide the care nursing home residents need.
As many residents of nursing homes cannot properly care for themselves, this makes it even more important that staffing and quality of care in nursing homes be held to a high standard. Whether they need a strict medicinal regiment to keep them in proper health, proper psychological care, or even something as simple as making sure they eat regularly, discrepancies in care can cause serious ill-effects to the residents when there is a lack of properly trained staff.
When a nursing home fails to properly train its staff, it robs these citizens of their basic rights. They deserve better. Unfortunately, improperly trained staff represents an issue that comes up frequently in legal cases brought against nursing homes, playing a major role in instances of negligence and abuse.
Improperly Trained Staff in Nursing Homes Create Room for Errors
Care facilities can avoid issues if they do their due diligence by exercising background checks and implementing proper training programs. With better guidance and industry knowledge, the residents may enjoy safety and comfort in a nursing home. Instead, negligence from inexperienced staff can bring residents physical and mental anguish.
improperly trained employees can create the possibility for plenty of accidents and issues to residents who are already vulnerable to a multitude of injuries. Generally, these types of negligent acts may include:
- Improperly delivered medications, including brands, dosages, and ingestion methods, which the resident may depend on to continue their way of life.
- Improper feeding, such as when caregivers fail to provide residents food or liquid at the proper time to match their unique medicinal needs.
- Malnutrition from neglectful employees.
- Injuries sustained by residents without proper supervision.
- The spread of diseases, invasive species (such as mites), and bacteria due to improper sanitation and cleanliness.
- Emotional disturbances.
- Issues involving mental illnesses or disorders of the brain, such as dementia, which can result in injury, loss of passions, and death in some cases.
- Severe injury resulting from falls.
The sole responsibility of the staff revolves around providing a quality of care that allows for the safety and comfort of the patient. Yet, with ongoing issues that plague nursing homes like the need for higher minimum staffing standards, a lack of proper training programs, insufficient background checks, and overall negligence from the staff, patients remain susceptible to harm. When this happens, family members may hold the nursing facilities accountable for the lack of properly trained staff.
Nursing Home Lawyers Are in Your Corner
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you place a great deal of trust in the nursing home staff. When they break that trust, physical and mental harm can ensue. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help our clients protect their right to compensation so they can move on from the harmful practices of the nursing home and live their lives with the peace they deserve.
Understaffing and undertraining of nursing home employees should not cost your loved one injuries and losses. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm believes the nursing home should pay for both economic and noneconomic losses you or your loved one suffered. We also aim for your loved one to suffer no further injury as a result of an issue caused by inadequate nursing home staff.
The legal process involved in holding a negligent nursing home accountable for a lack of properly trained staff can prove complex. Hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer may allow you to focus on the more important things in life while we take the reigns on your legal case. The compensation awarded from these types of cases may apply toward further care, medical bills, mental anguish, and more.
If your loved one suffered negligence or abuse of any kind from one of these long-term care facilities, we would like to speak to you. To find out more about our services, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 for your free consultation. We take nursing home abuse cases on a contingency basis, so our clients never pay anything up front or out of pocket. We only collect payment if we secure compensation in your favor.