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Nursing home injury in VA facilities worse than private ones

Society is judged by how it treats those who need the most assistance. It is also judged on how those who served the country with military service are treated. Combine these issues, and it is twice as troubling as to how residents in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nursing homes are cared. With the number of veterans in Ohio and across the nation who live in a nursing home, a recent analysis of statistics regarding how these people are treated has led to worrisome results. People who have a loved one living in a facility and suspect nursing home injury, mistreatment or abuse should be aware of their right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

The information says that two-thirds of these facilities had a greater likelihood of residents suffering from serious pain and being afflicted with bedsores than those in private facilities. The residents were also prone to suffering from neglect or having their medication mismanaged. Rates of infection and a declining ability to perform daily living skills were shown to be worse in more than 100 of these nursing homes when compared to private facilities. Sixty of these VA facilities had the worst quality ranking by getting one of five possible stars in 2017.

Four homes in various locations across the U.S. were found to lag behind private facilities on 10 out of 11 indicators. At these facilities, an estimated 33 percent of those living there were dispensed antipsychotic medication. This is double the number given in private homes. The Food and Drug Administration says that elderly people who suffered from dementia have a greater risk of dying when given these drugs. Those 11 key indicators include the use of antipsychotic medication and how residents have deteriorated. The VA had worse scores in nine of those 11 at the end of 2017.

Issues with the VA have been a concern for many years. With the number of service members and former service members who need care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring that they are properly cared for is imperative. When this obligation if violated and people are mistreated, injured or die in a VA facility, the family must be cognizant of what to do about it. A law firm that is experienced in nursing home injury, mistakes and medical malpractice can gather evidence and determine what happened to begin the process of filing a lawsuit.

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