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Missouri Nursing Home Staff Suspected of Abusing 86-year-old Resident

Nov 15, 2013

The family of an 86-year-old Missouri woman living at a nursing home believes the staff is abusing her.

The family says they became immediately suspicious that abuse was taking place after they received a phone call from the staff at Delmar Gardens in Town and Country, Mo., saying that their mother had fallen out of bed and received a swollen eye, according to a KMOV-TV report this week.

At the hospital following that alleged fall, the elderly woman was observed with a swollen eye, a broken nose, and broken cheekbones. The family also heard a different version of the story about the fall as their investigation into the incident continued. Instead of falling out of bed, the family was told that their mother had fallen while walking from the bathroom to her bedroom.

The family suspects that the elderly woman was injured from a punch, according to KMOV-TV’s report. Delmar Gardens, the nursing home where the woman resides, says that they are working with local police and state investigators looking into the incident but maintain it was an accident.

Reports like this are not uncommon, unfortunately, at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. Millions of Americans have retired to nursing homes, mainly because they are unable to live on their own and need assistance either with round-the-clock medical care or simply to perform everyday tasks, such as bathing and cleaning.

Based on our previous reports on the growing crisis of poor nursing home care, we’ve shown that nursing homes across the country have increasingly strained budgets and today, unlike many instances in the past, nursing homes are being operated by for-profit companies keen on spending as little as possible in order to keep a healthy bottom line.

This often leads to questionable staffing decisions, tasking unqualified and sometimes abusive and neglectful employees with providing sympathetic quality healthcare at these nursing homes. Abuse and neglect are reported quite regularly at nursing homes today and families of nursing home residents should remain vigilant for any signs of neglect or abuse that their loved one may be enduring, especially if those loved ones are unable to fully communicate on their own.

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