Marsh | Rickard | Bryan

Marsh, Rickard & Bryan

FREE CONSULTATION 24/7

FREE CONSULTATION 24/7

Are assisted living residents with dementia being neglected?

A recent front-page story raised some troubling questions about the care of elderly residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities with dementia. As a law firm that focuses on bringing civil lawsuits against such facilities on claims of nursing home neglect, we took great interest in the story. 

The article alleged that assisted living facilities are less regulated than nursing homes, perhaps in part because they receive less federal funds from programs like Medicare. That’s troubling because patients with dementia may require staff that is specially trained to respond to their nonverbal or behavioral clues. In addition, dementia patients may require extra staffing and monitoring to safeguard against slips and falls, or other injuries. Sadly, understaffed facilities may resort to locking elderly residents with dementia in their rooms, instead of providing them with a professional level of care. 

The article further alleged that existing regulations are poorly enforced due to lack of manpower: Only seven inspectors from the Alabama Department of Public Health are assigned to inspect approximately 300 assisted living facilities in the state, compared to the 40 inspectors assigned to about the same number of nursing homes statewide.

Although the story has already prompted a media response from the president of the Assisted Living Association, our position is that any increased scrutiny can only benefit this segment of society, whose voices all too often go unheard. An assisted living facility is meant to be a safe and socially rich environment for residents who may be experiencing a gradual decline in their health and capacities. 

Where state regulators fall short, a tough personal injury law firm can help concerned loved ones fight against nursing home neglect and abuse. Check out our firm’s website to learn more about our approach to this injustice. 

Source: al.com, “Dementia homes exist in gray area of regulation, families say,” Amy Yurkanin, Jan. 22, 2016

i 3 Table of Contents

We listen. Your story matters to us.

We have a team of courtroom lawyers with a proven track record to help you tell your story. And we have the resources, the experience and the reputation to make sure you’re heard.

Tell Us About Your Case

Check Consent Box

Honored To Be a Part of Their  Story
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed ."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
Related Articles
Strategies to stop elder abuse

After numerous investigations and countless proposed and enacted reforms, the abuse of older adults in nursing homes and other care facilities continues. Ranging from sinister sexual abuse to significant financial exploitation, problems are still looking for...

A long-awaited effort to improve hospice care

Following a blockbuster exposé from ProPublica that uncovered fraud and abuse in the end-of-care industry, new reforms from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that focus on hospice providers have gone into effect. What is considered an unprecedented...

What can a family member do to prevent nursing home neglect?

In a previous post, we discussed a common ailment among nursing home residents: bedsores. These are a category of pressure-induced ulcers on the skin, which can be a sign of neglectful treatment by caregivers. In this article, we discuss some techniques family members...

Related Videos
Personal Account
Business Account
Investments
Insurance Services
Ohter Services
Debit Card
Credit Card

Your story matters to us

Tell Us Your Story