Earlier this week, we began a discussion of insufficient and intentionally falsified medical care records in nursing homes. This all-too-common occurrence has been brought to light with a recent lawsuit in which the husband of a deceased woman alleged that her death was the result of nursing home abuse and neglect. In the suit, he claims that facility employees improperly handled and falsified his wife's medical charts in an effort to cover up their actions.
New Jersey families who have made the difficult decision to place a parent in a nursing home know of the shift that occurs once your loved one is officially under the care of the nursing home staff. When you are no longer tasked with your loved one's daily care, you may find yourself completely out of the loop, with little to no knowledge about your parent's daily routine, medical care and treatment, and any issues that may come up.
A local newspaper investigation has revealed that the overwhelming majority of nursing homes in several New Jersey counties are consistently receiving low ratings from the federal agency tasked with evaluating the facilities. Violations that led to the low ratings are common examples of nursing home neglect: medication error, unclean and unsafe living conditions, untreated injuries and infections, and residents being ignored or left unattended.