May 14, 2018
Before I begin, I want to take this way back to how we were brought to this world. When we are first born, we are welcomed by nurses, our parents and relatives, ready to greet us with open arms and to take care of us, right? And as we grow older, we tend to break away from that, learning how to provide and take of ourselves and sometimes others. But when we get much older and we’ve experienced and lived our independent lives, we again return to depend on those nurses, to help and take care of us, as the once did. But what if instead of that comfort care we remember receiving as we were growing up, turned into abuse and mistreatment? Nurses in nursing homes, constantly yelling or insulting you, now that there is no one watching anymore? Now tell me, is that something people are aware of these days? If I asked anyone here to describe to me, a case they’ve heard of or know about, regarding elder abuse and mistreatment, would you be able to tell me? Elderly abuse and mistreatment in nursing homes is a real and serious issue, but hardly anyone knows about it because it occurs behind closed doors. And that is what I wanted to bring to attention, to you all today.
Viewing from a family members’ point of view, they are aware that they often don’t have the resources or skills needed to address the needs of older individuals, who require special medical care or assistance, so their only choice is to trust that care to a skilled nursing facility. And so a trusted relationship between the family, elderly patient and nurse(s) begin, not knowing that sometimes it may not be always as promised. That is also why being aware of this certain situation can make a total difference, not only for the patient, but for many families who care for their loved ones.
According to Meyer Law Firm, P.C., there are currently over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes and other long term, care facilities in the U.S. as of today, and that number will continue to grow. That is why elder abuse needs to be put to an end. In the Goldberg, Persky and White, P.C., seniors who have been abused have a 300% greater chance of death in the three years following the abuse, compared to those who have not. Of the abuse reported in nursing homes, 29% is physical abuse, 22% is resident-to-resident abuse, 21% is psychological abuse, 14%is gross neglect, 7% is financial exploitation and 7% is sexual abuse, in the Hupy and Abraham S.C. Personal injury lawyers statistics. I know it i8s a terrible fact to know, but as I said before, we should not let something like this slip through our fingers, and the only way is to let others become aware of this issue in order to create change and make a difference.
And it’s crazy how such cases such as Helen Love’s and many others is looked over as unimportant. Helen, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, was attacked by a certified nurse’s assistant at a Sacramento facility, who was angered at the fact that she had soiled herself. The assistant who was there to care for her choked, suffocated her, broke her neck and wrist. Helen Love died two days, shortly after her interview on CBS. Her assailant got a year in county jail and a CBS News investigation found that three other employees at the same Sacramento facility had been convicted for abuse, which should have been looked into further, but nonetheless, they were also hired and were committing similar crimes, such as that nurse.
Nursing homes are vital to elderly all over, especially to those who need that special care, so let’s take them into consideration and not push them to the side to be forgotten. And in order help we can begin by making others aware of this information and also getting involved in senior homes and talking to them. By just making sure everything’s alright, can make a huge difference in preventing future incidents and fatalities, such as in Helen Love’s case. We need to remember that people are people. Whether some are much older and need more help than others, doesn’t mean that they get to be treated any less. So let’s change that.