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Allegations of nursing home abuse spark changes at facility

Missouri families who take the necessary step to place a loved one in a nursing home or other type of care facility do not do so lightly. It is a major decision to entrust a loved one's care to others all day, every day. Doing so will be to the benefit of the resident and the family if it is a quality facility and all the required care is given. However, there are times when there is nursing home neglect, abuse, mistreatment and other issues. Even if the state is informed of what is happening and steps are taken to put a stop to it, those who have been harmed have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A care facility for veterans is under scrutiny and the head of the facility might lose his job as allegations of poor treatment and conditions are being investigated. Residents and their families have made complaints of abusive and neglectful treatment. The governor requested an independent investigation and the complaints were verified. The head was placed on administrative leave toward the end of December.

When a family member is placed in a nursing home or other care facility, they will undoubtedly have needs that must be provided by the staff. This can be limited to keeping an eye on the person or it can extend to care that continues throughout the day. With that care will be medication, helping the person with various tasks, therapy and more. An absence of proper care can cause injuries, illness, hospitalization and death. When there is abuse, this, too, can cause the person to suffer unnecessarily.

While this investigation shows that the state can enter the fray when there are allegations against a facility, the family should also remember its right to demand their loved ones be treated with proper care and to seek compensation if they are not. A legal professional experienced in nursing home problems can help the victim and family members move forward with a case.

Source: kbia.org, "Change of management at St. Louis Veterans Home pleases relatives," Jan. 16, 2018

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