The CDC estimates that more than half a million adults age 60 or older are abused or neglected annually. This number is likely even higher as a large number of abuse and neglect cases go unreported. In the event you suspect that a loved one has been cared for improperly, it’s important to know who or which entity may be legally liable if you’re considering further action.
Who Is Responsible in a Nursing Home?
Care centers can either be operated publicly or privately, with the majority being the latter. In this case, there’s a company that handles all operating logistics and finances of the care center, and in many cases, operates several regionally or nationally.
This entity is also responsible for responsible staffing and care practices. Since state agencies are largely responsible for enforcing nursing home rules and policies, it goes without saying that many cases simply fall through the cracks. Vigilance is required from everyone, not just the government.
It’s important to remember that larger nursing home companies often outsource or subcontract staffing arrangements, so a third party may be involved when it comes to nursing home abuse or neglect allegations.
What Constitutes a Nursing Home Violation?
Abuse or neglect can occur in any number of ways, and there’s little uniformity as to how it occurs. Any of the following can play a part in a violation:
- Negligent hiring
- Inadequate training
- Understaffing or mismanagement of staffing counts
- Singular breaches of regulations or care center statutes
- Errors in administering medication or other forms of assistance
What to Do If You Suspect Elder Abuse
The first thing to do is notify the police and your local state agency. These investigations take time, and you may be required to produce evidence and documents to help the agencies involved take the right action.
If you feel you’re not getting the resolutions that your loved ones deserve, it may be time to consider further legal action. The team at Rabb & Rabb, PLLC understands the seriousness of elder abuse in Arizona and is here to help sort out all available options. Call (520) 888-6740 to schedule a free consultation.