Families sometimes find that an elderly relative needs to be moved to a nursing home where 24-hour skilled care is available. But in recent years, many news stories have revealed that nursing homes aren’t necessarily the safest environment for residents.
Tales of nursing home employees’ abusing residents, neglecting their needs, and stealing from them have prompted some families to wonder how they can ensure their loved ones will be well cared for in a long-term care facility. To protect loved ones from potentially dangerous situations, families should visit several nursing homes and ask a lot of questions before choosing where to place a relative. One of the warning signs that a home could put residents at risk is understaffing.
The Effects of Understaffing
Texas law requires nursing homes to maintain appropriate staffing levels, but it does not mention specific …