As we age, many people find it difficult to come to grips with one harsh necessity- the need for a nursing home in their life. Whether self committing or entering a loved one in the facility, it is a difficult decision. What is more unfortunate is when the Nursing home fails to uphold it’s end of the bargain. All too often, these facilities lose sight of what is important, our cherished loved ones, and instead focus on profits. When this occurs, it is almost inevitable to find cases of Nursing home abuse and neglect. But how does one wind up finding justice dealing with Nursing Home Abuse? How do you contend with corporate giants like Promedica?
How do you identify negligence/abuse?
While every individual case is different, there are common occurrences and injuries that indicate the possibility of negligence or abuse. Granted, it is normal for some incidents to happen, but these should be far and few between. If you see occurrences of any of the following, it’s time to start asking questions.
- multiple falls leading to fractures or unexplained fractures
- missed or improper dosing of medications
- bedsores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers
- dehydration or malnutrition
- attacks by other residents or staff
- unexplained or sudden death
In many instances, these injuries occur because of operating procedures that focus more on making a profit than providing adequate care. Under-staffing, overpopulation, and a variety of bottom line practices all too often result in negligence.
Who is ProMedica?
ProMedica, formerly known as HCR ManorCare, is one of the largest providers of elderly care in the USA. They are a massive corporation operating across 26 states, and taking on approximately 2 million patients each year. The have acquired several smaller nursing home chains through corporate buyouts and mergers, , including the Heartland facilities. They provide a range of services from short-term to long term care, Alzheimer’s care and hospice care. Over time, they have even begun to take on patients with severe medical needs,
In a perfect world, this increase in services would correlate with increased training, staff education, and resources to provide ideal care for our most cherished loved ones. In reality, it seems the company quite often cuts corners, leading to unnecessary negligence and leading our loved ones to the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with Nursing Home Abuse. There are quite a number of lawsuits that have been filed against them, but more often than not they make private settlements to avoid media coverage like the $91.5 million dollar Dorothy Douglas case.
What to do if you suspect a loved one is dealing with Nursing Home Abuse
if you or a loved one has faced any incidents of negligence or abuse at corporate facilities like ProMedica, you will need the help of dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys to achieve justice. Unlike some corporate giants, we know the value of an individual, and will do everything in our power to make sure you are given the focused attention your case deserves. If you suspect anything is amiss, don’t stay silent! Speak up, and get the help you deserve for dealing with Nursing Home Abuse today.