Christmas season in a nursing home – It’s the most wonderful [and dangerous] time of the year

Christmas time is a wonderful time of the year. It is a great time for family to get together, catch up on old times, and be thankful for all that we have. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be sure to visit them. If your loved one is “with it”, ask them how they are treated. Make sure your loved one is given help eating and drinking, make sure they are getting moved and repositioned, help them get up and be as active as possible, and make sure that their caregivers are actually answering call bells and paying attention to your family. Remember the old saying “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?” Be the squeaky wheel as much as it takes.

You must remember, nursing home staffing is often a problem year round. During Christmas time, that problem is worse. Call offs by caregivers is rampant, and the nursing home rarely calls in agency nurses to fill the void. As such, many nursing home residents are left alone, without the ability to care for themselves. They sometimes don’t get help eating or drinking (so they simply go without), they sometimes don’t get help going to the bathroom (so they sit in urine or feces for up to an hour or more), and sometimes their call bells are simply turned off or ignored.

If you visit your loved one, and you believe they may be the victim of abuse or neglect in the nursing home, call Goddard & Wagoner at 304-623-HELP (4357). The best thing to do may be talking to one of our lawyers. Dave Goddard and Eddie Wagoner have vast experience handling all sorts of abuse and neglect cases against nursing homes. Whether you are located in Clarksburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Beckley, Fairmont, Charleston, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, or anywhere in West Virginia, we can help. If you are in eastern Ohio or southwestern Pennsylvania, call Goddard & Wagoner, we can help.

Remember, visit your loved one, look for the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect (see our previous post), and call us if you have any questions . Call 304-623-HELP (4357).