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Why do nursing homes have trouble with neglect?

When you hear stories about people being neglected by nursing homes, you may not understand how it can happen. How can patients, who have charts and are on nursing rounds, not receive their medications? How do nurses fail to respond to calls for assistance?

If you have these questions, you're not alone. There are many people who don't understand how nursing homes fail the elderly. In some cases, there simply aren't enough staff members at the nursing home for the number of resident and patients in the home. In other cases, it's poor hiring decisions that lead to abuse and mistreatment.

No type of neglect should take place in a nursing home. If your parent is supposed to get two baths a week, then that's what should happen, no questions asked. Negligent personal supervision, poor maintenance of the premises and/or equipment or the failure to hire or retain top-notch, safety-conscious employees can be negligence under the laws here in Florida.

You can hold a nursing home liable for any injuries your loved one suffers if you can prove negligence, neglect or abuse. You will need to show that the nursing home's employees or owner failed to provide the level of care expected and that your loved one was injured as a result. You also need to show that it was employees, the owner or a combination of the two's fault that your loved one was injured through abuse, negligence or neglect. If you can do this, then you can potentially win your case and receive compensation for your loved one's pain and mistreatment.

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