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The Main Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing home abuse is a serious issue of the country, especially given the increasing numbers of abuse cases. As a result, the government has started to pass more serious laws to deal with and prosecute the ones responsible for nursing home abuse.

However, a few people wonder what exactly causes home abuse. Leaving aside the deranged workers of care facilities – in this case, the situations are limited and easily identifiable - there are a lot of legit reasons that cause abuse!

On top of that, knowing what caused the abuse may also be of great help to your nursing home abuse attorney, as they’ll better know how to handle the facts of your case. Therefore, in the following lines, we’ll present you with the main causes of such abuse, hoping that you’ll be able to identify them if you have to face such a situation!

Top Reasons

First of all, let’s take a look at the top reasons that cause nursing home abuse. Experts believe that these are the main things that influence and affect a caregiver working within a nursing facility:

 

  • Lack of staff training, as well as experience
  • Underpaid staff
  • Staffing shortages
  • Poor management, accountability, and supervision
  • Individual resident risk factors
  • Individual caregiver issues. 

 

Staff Training

As you know, the staff of a nursing home can’t handle the job if they are given only initials or out-of-house training. The staff members have to receive ongoing training during the time they work inside a nursing home so that they can adapt to the needs of the residents, of the new residents, and of the special circumstances/situations that may occur. 

Usually, undertrained staffed comes in the form of:

  • People that don’t have proper vocational and educational training.
  • People that don’t have work experience within the nursing home environment.
  • People that are not trained on the particular policies of their nursing home.
  • People that don’t understand the rights of the residents.
  • People that don’t enjoy on-the-job and ongoing training and development.
  • People that weren’t adequately trained for specific needs, illnesses, or disabilities. 

Individual Issues

Moving on, individual issues are the next big thing that causes nursing home abuse. These can come in the form of burnout and stress, personal in-home problems of the caregiver, illness or poor personal health, a mental illness, or even a caregiver with a personal history of being abused.

This is why every nursing home has to evaluate its staff members regularly. 

Small issues must not be overlooked, especially given that the well-being of an elder rests on the shoulders of a particular caregiver – which may be stressed, ill, tired, underpaid, and so on. 

The Bottom Line

Naturally, these were the main causes of nursing home abuse. If you are someone who tries to identify whether a particular facility may be home to abuse, then you’ll also have to look at how staffed the workforce is, how well they are being paid, how the nursing home is managed, and how the management deals with instances of abuse – namely, if any consequences apply to abusers. 

Luckily, there are a lot of laws that help prevent nursing home abuse throughout the country, with most of them making sure that nursing homes are appropriately managed as well!

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