Nursing homes are supposed to be places where our loved ones can live peacefully in their senior years and where they can recover from an injury. While our loved ones may have entered a trusted nursing home with the best intentions for their own well-being, the nursing home -- very unfortunately -- may not have our loved one's best intentions in their plan of care.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries -- many of which go unreported. Those who experience non-fatal falls can suffer injuries, have difficulty getting around, and have a reduced quality of life. Overall, as many as 3 out of 4 nursing home residents fall each year. These are staggering numbers.
In addition to falls, a growing number of nursing home residents suffer injuries related to negligent medical and nursing care in a nursing home. Sadly, at times, our loved ones are physically abused in nursing homes. Nursing homes cannot be allowed to get away with this kind of treatment of our family members.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, you need to call the Gaffney Firm immediately.
The Gaffney Firm
Paul P. Gaffney, Esquire