In some cases, it’s not good to be #1. This is true for facilities and cases of abuse. Washington ranks toward the top of the list for nursing home negligence.
This is upsetting for Washington families. Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. But when your loved one needs 24-hour care, and you can’t do it yourself, what options do you have? You could hire a personal assistant to come to your family member’s home, but that may be even more expensive.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes in the state have been ranked amongst the worst in the nation for nursing home abuse, with five types of abuse identified: physical, psychological, financial, sexual, and neglect. In 2018, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services received more than 60,000 reports of vulnerable adult abandonment, abuse, and neglect. A Seattle nursing home that was considered one of the worst in the country finally closed down due to abuse and neglect.
In Washington, there are a total of 195 nursing homes, with 75 homes having serious deficiencies. Almost all homes —192 of them — have infection-related deficiencies. The total penalties amount to more than $14 million. There have been 33 payment suspensions imposed.
In the 12 months before June 2019, Washington ranked 14th in the country for financial penalties levied against nursing facilities. Abuse of older adults is reaching unprecedented levels. There is an increasing number of vulnerable adults in the state. Vulnerable adults are defined as anyone above 60 years old with physical, functional, or mental disabilities who are unable to care for themselves. It also includes anyone age 18 or older with a developmental disability who lives with a parent or legal guardian.
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence can happen in many ways. Here are some common type of negligence:
- Medical negligence. This includes failure to administer prescribed medications, ignoring medical needs, inadequate monitoring of residents’ health conditions, and delayed response to medical emergencies.
- Neglect of personal hygiene. This includes failure to assist residents with personal hygiene, neglecting oral care and grooming, and allowing residents to remain in soiled or unchanged clothing or bedding.
- Neglect of basic needs. This refers to the failure to provide a safe and clean living environment, inadequate heating and cooling, and lack of clean clothing and bedding.
- Malnutrition and dehydration. This refers to inadequate provision of food and water and failure to address residents’ nutritional needs.
- Emotional and psychological neglect. This means ignoring residents’ emotional needs, verbal or emotional abuse by staff members, and isolation.
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Family members should not have to worry about their loved ones being harmed in nursing homes. These facilities are supposed to provide top-notch care, but many do not.
If your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, seek legal help from the Seattle personal injury lawyers at Premier Law Group. Schedule a consultation and we can help you determine whether you have a case and a range of what your case is worth. Fill out the online form or call or text (206) 880-7437. Our office is available 24/7.