Nursing home abuse and neglect is a widespread problem in Washington and throughout the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 20 residents of nursing homes are victimized, but only 1 in 14 cases are reported to authorities.
One of the biggest causes of nursing home abuse and neglect is inadequate staffing. Studies have shown that over half of nursing home facilities fall below the suggested levels for nurses aides and a quarter fall below suggested levels of licensed staff.
Without enough adequately trained staff to care for residents around the clock, the elderly residents suffer inferior care and adverse health outcomes. The staff available are often overworked and underpaid with significant turnover and burnout rates.
When nursing homes try to maximize their profits by prioritizing their bottom line over the health and well-being of their residents, the elderly residents and their loved ones end up suffering for it.
Do you think your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse? Call Buckley & Associates at (206) 622-1100 today for your free consultation with experienced Washington nursing home negligence lawyers.
We serve clients throughout the Seattle area and the state of Washington from our offices in Seattle and Tacoma.