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Can nursing home abusers be held accountable?

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Can nursing home abusers be held accountable?

In nursing homes, residents can be taken advantage of. These individuals may need this assisted living facility because they are unable to live alone. This can be due to physical limitations or mental limitations where they are unable to care for themselves. By living in these homes, they can be taken care of by employees who keep on eye on them. This can include medical treatment that may be needed by the patient. Unfortunately, employees may take advantage of an individual that is living in the home. They may physically, mentally or emotionally abuse them. By acting in a negligent manner and avoiding their duties to treat these patients, this can be seen as negligence, a form of abuse as well.

When negligence is displayed, these employees should be held responsible. Negligence can be detrimental to someone who is living in a nursing home. Since they entered the home for assistance, negligence can leave them in danger. Residents living in the home can file a lawsuit to hold their abuser accountable. From this lawsuit, they may be able to acquire damages. During this process, they may need the help of their families. Sometimes if residents are too sick or not mentally capable, they may need their loved ones’ help to pinpoint the abuse.

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What rights do residents have?

When residents enter a nursing home, they should be informed of their rights before entering. They should be informed of all services and fees in writing before they reside in the home. Although residents are enrolling in this facility for the care of the employees, they are still required to have a right to their own privacy and possess certain rights. They are able to keep their own personal belongings when living in the home. If they are being medicated for a medical reason, clients should be informed of their condition and any medications they are being prescribed to prevent any complications or confusion. Residents also have the right to refuse any treatment that is being offered to them if they do not want to receive it. Residents in a nursing home should be treated with respect. They are human beings that need more assistance due to their medical condition or aging.

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