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There’s a disturbing epidemic affecting the elderly in America. It’s not a disease or a virus; it’s poor care in nursing homes. In June, two U.S. Senators released a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that identified 400 underperforming nursing homes all over the country—11 of them in the state of Tennessee. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., want to make sure you’re aware of these facilities, as well as ways to determine if a loved one has been affected by poor care in a nursing home.
Which Tennessee facilities were named?
The report identified 11 nursing homes in Tennessee for what it described as “a persistent record of poor care.” These included Cornerstone Village in Johnson City and Brookhaven Manor in Kingsport (which since has been sold and renamed as Orchard View). Facilities in Dyersburg, Nashville, the Memphis area, and the Knoxville area also were identified. Some of the complaints against these nursing home facilities included poor oversight in care, failure to treat bedsores, slowed response to assist incontinent patients, falls and fractures, staffing problems, poor hygiene, rampant infections, and more.
How do you know if a loved one is suffering from poor nursing home care?
This can be a difficult question to answer, as an elderly person being victimized in this way often may manifest the same symptoms that are associated with dementia or physical and mental deterioration due to age.
However, you can educate yourself, stay involved, and keep an eye out for these warning signs of possible neglect or abuse:
- Cuts and/or abrasions
- Unexplained weight loss
- Dehydration and/or malnutrition
- Unsanitary conditions
- Poor hygiene and/or grooming
- Untreated contractures (rigidity of tendons or joints) or urinary tract infections
- Escape from a facility
- Reports of regular arguments, tension, or disagreements between residents and staff
- Sudden changes in the personality or behavior of your loved one
- Physical injuries such as fractures, dislocations, scars, bruises, or welts
- Medication management issues—including missed doses, overdoses, or an apparent failure to take prescribed medication
If you have seen any combination of these signs, you should seek the counsel of an attorney who specializes in elder abuse as soon as possible.
Nursing home abuse lawyer in Bristol
We want the best for our loved ones in their golden years, but unfortunately, many suffer due to abuse or neglect in nursing home facilities. Your family has rights if this is happening to your loved one. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., have decades of experience in the area of elder abuse lawsuits. We use that experience and our resources to fight for families and nursing home residents to receive the compensation they deserve. If you have a loved one in a nursing home who is telling you about abuse or neglect, these claims never should be dismissed as signs of old age or dementia. Take them seriously. Look for signs of poor treatment, and if you see any, call our office at (276) 451-2056 to schedule your free consultation. We offer our legal expertise to clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.