Nursing home abuse is, unfortunately, something much more prevalent today than it should be. This type of abuse is not uncommon as reports of physical abuse continue to roll in year after year. Many times, we find that the nursing home will try and cover up these types of things, case in point, 75-year-old Helen Love. According to a two-year tracking study by the Investigation Division of the House Government Reform Committee of US nursing homes, an astonishing 1 in every 3 facilities had reports of sexual, physical, or verbal abuse, or neglect likely to cause serious harm to the patients. Since this abuse can be hard to track because the facility might try to downplay the severity, it’s important that these elderly victims have proper advocates that are concerned for their wellbeing.
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News media is circulating a shocking story in which a nursing home aide was charged with abuse in Boonton Township, New Jersey recently. Certified Nursing Assistant, Corazon D. Mangona, was arrested on August 25, 2015 after police conducted an investigation stemming from two reported cases of nursing home abuse at the Merry Heart Senior Care Services facility on August 5, 2015. The criminal complaints were filed in Morristown Superior Court, Mangona’s charges are four counts involving hand slapping and mouth squeezing on one patient, as well as hair pulling, and nipple pinching inflicted upon another patient.
Unfortunately these types of charges are not uncommon. A CBS News report tells the story of 75-year-old Helen Love, who was attacked at the Valley Skilled Nursing Home in California by a Certified Nursing Assistant that choked and beat her causing bruises, a broken wrist, and dislocated neck. The nursing home then attempted to cover up this undeniable case of nursing home abuse by using in-house doctors to say that Love sustained no injuries. Fortunately, her son Gary Love, threatened to call the police if he could not take his mother to the nearby hospital. Her severe injuries were then immediately identified by a local hospital with the woman ultimately having to undergo painful neck surgery due to the assault.
Common Types of Abuse Reported in US Nursing Homes
According to a two year tracking study by the Investigation Division of the House Government Reform Committee of US nursing homes conducted over a two year period, an astonishing 1 in every 3 facilities had reports of sexual, physical, or verbal abuse, or neglect likely to cause serious harm to the patients. Common findings of nursing home abuse in the government report include:
As the recent news stories and reports indicate, patient abuse in nursing care facilities is rising. Anyone who witnesses or suspects nursing home patient abuse of any kind should report this to the patient’s family and/or local police as well as the County Prosecutor’s office. The Merry Heart Senior Services Care home in New Jersey and the Valley Skilled Nursing home in California are just two of the thousands of elderly care facility where patient may be at risk of abuse since the statics are 30% of eldercare facilities in the US reported nursing home abuse cases. The report and arrest of perpetrating care home assistants results in a more diligent watch on a particular facility, so reporting any suspicion of patent abuse can help prevent injury to additional elderly patients.
Nursing home abuse lawyers are often needed since the ownership of an elderly care facility can be difficult to track otherwise in order to hold the correct company accountable. Families of elderly patients who were abused in a long term care facility through assault, neglect, or other maltreatment may file a nursing home abuse lawsuit seeking damages such as for the pain and suffering of their loved one or medical or funeral costs on behalf of the justice for and dignity of their institutionalized family member. Legal firms as well as police and government protective agencies are especially important in nursing home patient abuse cases since a facility may try to downplay or cover up a violent or neglectful incident involving a patient.
3/14/2018 06:55:33 pm
I really like what you said about taking action when noticing this type of abuse going on. It is not fair to the elderly who cannot defend themselves and hurts them. I will be sure to tell my cousin this who has been looking into nursing home neglect attorneys.
4/27/2018 09:39:32 am
I had no idea that this was such a big problem. For it to even be occurring in one of every three facilities is crazy to me. I'll be keeping this in mind while we search for a great place for my grandma to live.
6/1/2021 10:16:40 pm
I appreciated it when you shared that neglecting to provide proper food and drink causing malnutrition and dehydration can be a form of nursing home abuse. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is worried about her mother who was treated badly in the nursing home that she used to live in last year. I will suggest to her hiring a reliable attorney who can help with the situation.
I totally agree when you said that anyone seeing abuse in their own eyes should report the incident as soon as possible. Personally, I would do that as well to ensure that I will be protecting anyone from further abuse. It would also be best to hire a lawyer to stop the incident as soon as possible.
2/4/2022 10:53:01 pm
I'm glad that you talked about the importance of having preventative solutions to prevent bad happenings. My best friend told me that his family is looking for someone that can help them as his mother has pressure sores, and he doesn't have any idea how and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, I'll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if his friend consults a trusted nursing home abuse attorney as they can help them with their concerns.
2/9/2022 04:17:01 am
My favorite part of this article is physical abuse allegations continue to pour in year after year, indicating that this form of assault is not uncommon. Someone recently told me about this and it is different from what I understand. Thanks for helping me understand nursing home abuse lawyer.
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3/30/2022 05:36:25 pm
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6/18/2022 02:31:46 am
The nursing home then attempted to cover up this undeniable case of nursing home abuse by using in-house doctors to say that Love sustained no injuries. I truly appreciate your great post!
6/21/2022 11:25:45 am
The criminal complaints were filed in Morristown Superior Court, Mangona’s charges are four counts involving hand slapping and mouth squeezing on one patient, Thank you for sharing your great post!
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2/22/2023 09:03:54 pm
Thank you for pointing out that personnel physically restraining a patient at a nursing home is against the law. My acquaintance claims that the nursing home physically restrains her grandma. I'll advise her to contact a lawyer who specializes in nursing home mistreatment.
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