Below are some of the factors which may cause Nursing Home Abuse and neglect and Elder Abuse indicates California Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Steven C. Peck:
Working in a nursing home or residential care facility can be extremely stressful. It is a difficult job done well by many special people. The staff may meet frustration with a violent response. The lack of adequate staffing can result in employees being overworked and becoming overly tired and more prone to making mistakes. They may be under considerable stress to meet the needs and demands of too many residents. Inadequate staffing can lead to inappropriate levels of responsibility resulting in neglect.
Inadequate Training of Staff:
Adequate training of employees is essential if they are to deliver care to residents in an efficient and appropriate manner. Lack of training is the source of a large range of potential problems, from improper transfers to bathing accidents to choking. Employees should be trained in dealing with problem situations that can lead to abuse.
Inadequate Supervision of Staff:
The facility may have provided training and have preventative programs in place, but their implementation is not monitored by supervisory staff. Part of the role of the supervisory staff is to help aides handle difficult residents. Another role is to ensure that safe procedures are adhered to. Without adequate supervision, aides may use inappropriate measures or techniques to the detriment of patient care.
High Turnover Rates of Staff:
For a variety of reasons, it is difficult to attract and retain qualified employees. Some of the reasons include low wages, lack of qualified applicants and poor screening and hiring practices.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.