According to a recent report, the state of Nevada has closed a Las Vegas assisted living center after it received charges of physical and financial elder abuse.
The residents of the Las Vegas Home Sweet Home have been removed and placed in other facilities after the state Bureau of Health Care and Compliance suspended the nursing home’s license. This suspension was the result of an investigation which uncovered cases of Social Security checks and other funds being deposited into the personal accounts of caregivers and not to the patients to whom they belonged. The investigation also found that caregivers took more money than was necessary for grocery purchases without returning it to residents.
Other issues were also revealed during the investigation, including the case of abuse of an elderly woman who had a shouting match with the home’s manager. She was apparently dragged down a hallway by her ankles by staff. After the incident, the woman was removed and Metro Police investigated.
Reports reveal that the nursing home has been investigated and fined repeatedly by the state bureau in recent years. The state reported that the suspension was issued on the grounds that residents were not safe due to the chronic and repeated non-compliance with regulations by the home.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you placed the individual there believing that he or she will be properly cared for. Sadly, this is not always the case. There are many instances of elder abuse in nursing homes. This type of abuse can include physical, sexual and financial abuse as well as neglect. It is estimated that one out of every 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of abuse. Unfortunately, there is no system in place to track cases of elder abuse. From available information, experts estimate that there are between one and two million cases in the U.S.
There are several forms of elder abuse that become evident in studies. Data shows that a high number of nursing home residents claim to have been neglected by staff. Additionally, physical abuse, which is what typically comes to mind when someone hears the term “elder abuse,” is common in nursing homes. However, the most common type of abuse is financial. Sadly, many elderly people are unable to manage their finances, making them easy targets for financial exploitation.
If you suspect abuse of an elderly loved one, act quickly and contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas today for help. Your loved one deserves a safe and nurturing environment where he or she is free from abuse and neglect.